How professional creatives use their space to organize their thoughts

Artists have some of the most creative ways of organizing their thoughts and projects. Thanks to Austin Kleon, author of Show Your Work, for recently sharing in his blog these two creatives and how they creatively use space to produce art. They're not necessarily space-saving solutions, but contain some out-of-the-box inspiration: Click here to see how artist & author Twyla Tharp uses bankers boxes like you've never seen before. http://tumblr.austinkleon.com/post/58625662398

Click here to see how film editors and writers are using the trusty, analog index card to layout their ideas.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

What Kind of "House" Have You Built Around Your Work?

What do tiny cubicles, converted guest rooms, and lofty urban offices all have in common?  At the most basic level, they house and influence the work done in that space, for better or worse.  This recent Wall Street Journal magazine article further opened my eyes to the impact space has on our work.

Let this be an example at the grandest scale. Fashion brand Céline recently occupied and renovated a 17th century Parisian mansion.  For starters, the floors make use of 12 types of marble.  Marco Gobbetti, Céline's CEO says of the space: “Our project has been about building a house more than a brand. From that point of view, this building represents the foundation and where we come from."

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Like it or not, your office represents the foundation of  where you come from.  Even if you don't have (or aspire to have) just one type of marble on your floor, we can all step it up a notch.

What will you change, add, or eliminate in your home or office to permeate your work with quality, respect and beauty?  Please share in the comments below!

Tory Burch Phone & Desktop Wallpapers

Spring has sprung all over my iPad thanks to Tory Burch's collection of free wallpapers.

Inspire your desktop and download this gorgeous floral Summer 2014 wallpaper here.

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Click below for links to 5 other free Tory Burch wallpapers.

Here are a few other favorites!

Fall 2015's white & taupe ethnic print

Fall 2014's navy & red tapestry

Summer 2014's dainty white & green floral

Spring 2014's floral watercolor

Fall 2013's romantic turquoise print

 

kacyRoundOffice Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper. She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

Video Interview: How to Use Original Art in the Office with Michele Theberge

Does your office inspire you? Is it beautiful to look at? Or does it have aging washed out Matisse prints on the wall?

If so... take a little bit of time (16 minutes) to watch or listen to this interview with my client Michele Theberge.

She is a professional artist and has some great tips on how to use art in your office:

Michele addresses:

  • The link between art in a workspace and productivity/creativity
  • How to find original and affordable artwork (including Michele's favorite website)
  • Whether it's worth rotating artwork or not
  • How to be be sure you're picking the right number of pieces for your office
  • The mindset behind creating an inspiring, art infused office

Find Michele at her website here and subscribe to her Youtube channel here.

Do you have inspiring artwork in your office space? Let us know below!

 

kacyRoundOffice Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper. She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

I Want to Crawl Inside of this Website and Live Here

This, friends, is exactly the type of site that inspires me to live a cleaner, lovelier life - and there's not a single organizing product in site.

Take a slow, breezy stroll through Swedish interior designer Lotta Agaton's portfolio here.

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119 CircleOffice Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper. She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter & receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com/subscribe.

How I used Evernote this week: Keeping track of paint colors

Evernote Camera Roll 20141123 075649I use Evernote to keep track of both paint colors I've used and paint colors I'd like to use one day in my "Home" notebook. This week I added to it a phone screenshot of an Instagram post of a new dark paint color that I'm obsessed with.

View my paint colors note here.

 

 

Kacy PaideOffice Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper. She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

 

My extreme kitchen makeover is complete!

Proof that Pinterest works!  This fall I completed a full renovation of my kitchen, designing it using Pinterest as my sole source of inspiration. This is my first full-on design project and I couldn't be more pleased. Check out my Pinterest Kitchen board and browse the complete set of before/afters.  What do you think? I'd love to hear your comments here!

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What do you think? Would love to hear your feedback!

 

Kacy PaideOffice Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper. She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

IKEA Hack: The Decoupage Office Chair

chair kacyA beautiful office chair is hard to find (for under $1000), which is why I absolutely adore this IKEA hack.

Using spray paint, decoupage glue, and cool fabric, create your own bespoke piece of chair art

(for under $50).

Get directions from the Little Green Notebook blog.

 

Office Organizing ExKacy Paidepert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper. She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com