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Declutter Your Home Office in Next 5 Steps

Piles of papers, office accessories, notebooks, stickers, cables, file folders, etc. It’s just stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis and it’s driving us crazy! How can we function properly with all those things laid all over our work space?! And it’s not just the mess – you have wasted God knows how much time trying to find that one piece of paper you had needed, yet you couldn’t find it as it was buried at the bottom of the pile.

Compact fit desk

It’s better to spend some time de-cluttering your office than waste hours trying to find what you’d needed. Cluttered workspace may distract you while you’re trying to get your job done properly.

Still, there’s no reason to worry about anything. We are giving you a de-clutter tutorial that will instantly help!

1. Do you really need all that stuff?  

Step away from your desk and try to get a bigger picture of your home office.  Discern every single thing that is placed on your desk and think whether you actually need it. You may even take a picture and print it, sit back in a comfortable chair and make a mental sorting out of (un)necessary items to have in your office.

A new look for our offices!

The workplace is probably where we spend most of our time – outside of home – during the week, so we thought it was important to update our space. With this in mind, we completely redid the layout and décor in our offices, and we’re happy to show you the results!

Curious to know how we did it?

Here’s the overall process!

1. We moved everything around and took away the screens, so the office would look much larger and we could have a shared workspace. Individual workspaces were defined by half-walls topped with greenery (artificial, of course!), to add a touch of the outdoors and liven up the various departments a little.

2. We then changed the wall and door frame colors, switching from yellow-beige to a brilliant pure white and replacing the dark red with charcoal gray to make the work areas look bigger and brighter.

3. The next step: find an accent color that would add some life to this great white space! Three key points had to be top of mind:

  • The location: It’s an office, not a private home.
  • Our goal: We wanted everyone to be comfortable, productive, and feel at home in their space.
  • For a touch of summer in your home!

    Summer is probably the season that passes the fastest – I’m never in a hurry for it to end, and I’m always impatient for it to arrive! I try to make the most of this season of sunshine, heat and ice cream by being outdoors as much as possible. I have found THE solution to get the most out of summer: integrate outdoor elements into the home (outside in), and vice versa! Here are a few tips and inspirations:

    Outside in:

    In your home, add the following decorative elements in your common areas and bedrooms:

  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Brightly coloured decorative elements
  • For even more ambiance, change the pictures in your frames to brightly coloured photos and summer landscapes.

    Inside out:

    For more comfort outdoors, incorporate some objects from your home on your balcony, on your deck or in your backyard!

  • Cushions, banquettes
  • More intimate lighting
  • An outdoor carpet
  • Follow these tips and you can make your deck as comfortable as your living room, and have a touch of sunlight in your home, even on the greyest days. In conclusion, I wish you a very sunny summer! :)

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    How to Choose the Right Desk for your Office

    The desk in your office is an important piece of furniture that can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Having the wrong desk can limit your productivity because it is working against you, not with you. Here are a few tips on choosing the right office desk for your unique situation.

    Know How You Work

    Before you go out and buy a desk, it is essential for you to take a personal inventory about how you work. Are you the kind of person that likes to spread all your papers out so you can stand back and look at them, or are you the kind of worker that likes to dedicate spaces (like drawers, etc.) to put your finished or pending work so your desk looks clean and neat? There is no right or wrong answer; it is all about how you like to work. Knowing what organization system works best for you will help you identify the amount of surface area you require.

    Know the Dimensions of Your Space

    There is no point in going out shopping for a desk before you know the exact dimensions you’re working with. You can get out the tape measure and do it the old fashioned way, or you can take advantage of the smartphone you have in your pocket and get an app that will keep all the measurements in one place.

    Convert your desk into a make-up table

    I’m probably no different than most of you in that I love changing the décor in my home. And what I like even more is changing it without having to spend a lot. The furniture we have often presents more potential than we think. For example, a night stand can be made into a mini-range for your little ones, or, as I’ll show you in this post, a simple desk can become a make-up table that you could customize to suit your teenager’s or your own personal taste.



    Axess Desk

    Axess Desk


    This particular project doesn’t call for any required equipment – you can use what you have on hand! Ribbons, appliqués, paint, stencils, sequins, little storage boxes, etc.

    1. You can start by changing the ambiance (for example, the wall colors) of the room where the desk is. This will give it a whole new look.









    2. Next, you could add appliqués, ribbons or paint to some areas of your desk. In this case, I chose to place a ribbon on the hutch. I also painted a zigzag pattern on the drawer front, using acrylic paint and a stencil (see our blog post on how to paint laminated furniture).