You know the saying, "cluttered house, cluttered mind", right?
There's just something about a new year that always makes me want to do a massive clean sweep of all the clutter that's piled up over the last year. Business receipts piled here, washi tape rolls (that I compulsively buy but never seem to really use) hiding out over there – I could go on but I'll spare you the messy details.
I'm no neat freak, but I do honestly believe that a well-organized space brings clarity, focus and productivity. And who doesn't need a little more of that?
I've rounded up a few of my favorite finds (fffff's anyone?) to keep your space not only organized, but pretty.
1. Corral loose papers with pretty folders. Information stays organized and your desk gets a hit of punchy pattern. These sophisticated geometric folders are from See Jane Work.
2. Despite my slight iPhone addiction (seriously, I can't imagine life without it) I do enjoy the tangible nature of writing things down and organizing on paper. While trolling the aisles at Target last week I came across these Greenroom Metallic Dot 1" binders. I might have squealed (loudly) in the aisle. You can use them for anything and buy inserts for calendars, notes, or what I did – organize a drawer full of business cards that I don't want to carry in my purse but need to keep close at hand.
3. These small little sticky tabs from Semikolon are just the trick to keeping particular information easy to spot. I love the sleek little folded book they come in and the colors are great. I use these on contracts, to divide a notebook into sections, to remind myself to double-check info...the uses are endless. You just peel off a tab and voila! Instant organization. (Bonus, there are a TON of these things in just one package.)
4. This last lovely isn't so much for organization as it is inspiration. Like any small business owner, sometimes I find myself feeling blah about what so-and-so is doing or how awesome such-and-such's new line is. Ugh. The truth is, there is enough success to go around for everyone, and I think staying motivated and passionate about the thing you love to do plays a huge role in finding "success" – whatever your version of that might be. I stumbled across this print from b is for bonnie, and I had to have it. It's one of my favorite quotes (Teddy Roosevelt was no dummy) and it's on my wall as a constant reminder to savor my own success and not compare myself to others.
What are some of your favorite finds that keep your life in order?
Cheers to starting the new year off in organized style!