Before And After: The Inherited Office

Just because the office you inherited is a mess and poorly arranged, doesn't mean it has to stay that way. With a little housekeeping and furniture shuffling, a cramped and cluttered office can be transformed.

Today's featured office comes to us courtesy of Michele, a worker for the Peace Corps. Her office was a mess with the clutter and paper work of previous volunteers. The desk faced the wall, the office had bulky and useless furniture in it, and the only window was covered by a huge blanket that on top of not letting any light in also served as a morgue sheet for a huge pile of orphaned file boxes. She set to work making it a more habitable space:

After consultation with some fengshui online articles and a bagua, I re-arranged the desk to face the door, let the light in with a mosquito net curtain, and added a modest decorative scheme of fish (good luck) and blue/green (water). Added some plant life keep chi flowing around the laptop. The extra chair invites collaboration with colleagues. Investment in accessories was about $US20. Most important improvement: dumped all the leftover paperwork so I could focus on what I could contribute, not what others did.

Whether or not you ascribe to any Feng Shui beliefs or not, the results as evidenced by the picture below are a vast improvement over the office as she found it:

Not a bad makeover for twenty bucks and some labour. Excellent work Michele!

The Inherited Office [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]


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