Introduction: How to Take Advantage of Your Space and Stay Organized
As someone with ADHD I have found it imperative to my overall productivity that my work space remain tidy and organized so as not to distract me. To achieve my unique needs for organization I have come up with some hopefully useful and intriguing ways that can help you make better use of your space while also aid you in a little de-cluttering. Enjoy :)
Step 1: Cords and Cables
I don't know about you but I have about 500 random cords that I have no idea as to what they belong to because there are SO MANY OF THEM. So how do you solve the incredibly first world problem of having too many electronic cords?
I know right who would've thought. Now I don't have a label making machine so I made my own and here's how I did it.
- Cut strips of paper that are about 3/8 inch wide
- Then cut into 3 inch segments
- Write what the cord belongs to on the right side of the paper
- Fold in half around the cord
- Tape the labels sides together
And know you don't have to spend 20 minutes looking for the right cord, your welcome ;)r
Step 2: File Organizers
File organizers are one of the most ingenuous inventions ever and my life would be a mess without them.
These things are really great for keeping old work and study tools organized until you need them again. I put all of my past years work into these so I can use them when the next school year comes around, especially foreign language work.
They also work well for keeping important documents, like receipts and instruction manuals, in an easily accessible place where they can be found for future reference.
Step 3: Hooks, Hangers and Racks
These are great, they take advantage of wall space that is abundant and often overlooked as unusable, BUT I BEG TO DIFFER. Walls have so much to offer, this is how I've made the most of them.
- Great for accessory items like hats, scarfs, and light jewelry.
- I have like three of these and they work with a multitude of things like: Backpacks, scarfs (again), medals you wanna show off without looking like a douche, and basically anything else you can fit on a hook
- If you're a fancyyyy diy'er you can make it slide, you don't have but they look cool
- I have just put and a nail in the wall and hung stuff from it, it works and is really easy so if your into that do it (pictured above)
- In case you don't have the ability or permission to make holes in your wall you can instead but the things you would like to hang on clothing hangers and then on a preexisting clothes rack - easy peasy
- I got a shoe rack from Costco, put it together, and then used not for shoes but for my craft supplies. I got a bunch of plastic containers, put my stuff in there and then just put it on the rack
- I put the rack in an area of open floor space that is under where I hang my shorts and where I would have had no other use for the open space
- I also keep large sheets of paper and cardboard behind it in case a project comes along and I need them
Step 4: Vertical Stacking
It saves so much space. Trust me. You know how there's always space above things when you using shelves, that always bothered me cause I could be putting so much stuff in that unused space. WELL NOW I AM AND MY LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER.
- Stacking things like CD's, video Games, and magazines are highly recommended. They are pretty light and can be easily lifted to take out thing that are near the base of the stack
- I had an old shelf that was made to go inside a locker that worked well as a shelf for the inside of my dresser
Step 5: Pen Holders?
I don't know if I'd call them that because they have a lot of uses aside from holding pens, but we'll call them that for now. I have three of these just on my desk and the really help me have easy access to the things I need - one has regular writing implements, one has markers, and the last with various cutting tools for the crafts I do. You can basically use these for ANYTHING, which is why I love them.
Another awesome thing is that there super easy to make. I've made them with both left over duct tape rolls and used food cans. I find the used cans to be really cool because it's giving new purpose to something that would have otherwise been garbage. They can be painted on or covered in duct tape or anything else your beautiful creative mind to conjure :)
Step 6: Desks
If you can, modifying your desk can be a great way to save space
- Store things under it
- Attach things to the sides (velcro is a great option if you don't want to drill into your furniture)
- Buy some drawer organizers
- Or make your own
- I also mounted a bench vise on my desk for use in projects
The possibilities are endless.
Step 7: A Work in Progress
These are all of the ways I've changed my room to better fit with my needs and confines. There's so much else I want to do to make a more productive space but for now that's all I got.