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3 Questions To Tackle Office Space Troubles

3 Questions To Tackle Office Space Troubles

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Organization is a central component of most commercial design plans. Although disorganization has its surprising merits, it’s wise to contain your clutter by asking three simple questions.

Do I need it? Get rid of anything that isn’t a necessity.
Can I hide it? A simple tactic to clear your mind is to conceal anything that’s disorganized or distracting – as with a pegboard to hide cables.
What’s stopping up my flow? You want everything that you use often to be easily accessible, so place it in the nearest drawer. Whitson Gordon of Lifehacker recommended a left-to-right workflow: unprocessed items at your left, underway in the middle, and outgoing at your right.

The divergence of Einstein’s desk

Mark Twain and Steve Jobs were both famous for the disorganization of their desks. Albert Einstein, also known for his messy work environment, once asked facetiously, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

Research featured in Psychological Science in 2014 suggests that these literature, tech, and science giants may have been doing the best thing for their creative minds. The study authors had people enter cluttered and uncluttered rooms, where they asked them a series of questions.

“[W]hen asked to generate new uses for ping-pong balls …, it was those inside the messy rooms that consistently listed more uses than their tidier counterparts,” explained Oral Roberts University management professor David Burkus. “This type of test, known as an alternate uses test, is a common measure for divergent thinking and creativity.”

This study suggests that clutter isn’t entirely a bad thing. However, there are numerous ways in which tidiness has its advantages. The participants in the neat and organized rooms were likelier to contribute to charitable causes, pick healthier snacks, and align themselves with conventional perspectives.

Clutter can be stressful

Above, you can see that this issue is not completely one-sided. However, often those wanting to optimize office space design are centrally focused on organization, and that does make sense. Although some may perform more strongly in the presence of clutter, messiness generally causes stress to rise.

“Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile),” said psychologist Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter, PsyD, “causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren't necessary or important.”

Intelligent office space design

Clutter is not always a bad thing, as indicated by Einstein. However, offices don’t just need creativity but productivity as well – so commercial design is usually implemented with organization as a top priority.

With Beaux Arts Group, you can take all elements into account with our sophisticated design strategies. Created by architects, our integrated approach to furnishings creates a productive synergy between the building and the areas within.
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