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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Office Organizing for the Visual Person - Magazine File Boxes

I'm sorry I haven't posted for a few days. My husband's father passed away, and his memorial service was over the weekend in Pennsylvania. It was an uplifting, celebratory time and a chance to see many dear friends and family.

Changing subjects dramatically, I'm working with a business owner to organize her office. She is visual and needs to be able to see her action items, or it's "out of sight, out of mind." 

There are a number of options available to her, one being magazine file boxes. It's an attractive way to store papers, receipts, etc. without looking messy. Items to be added can be dropped into the appropriate box easily.

Here are some cute magazine file boxes that I felt were inspiring:

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Aren't these adorable? They're from IKEA. These are also available in blue, black and white. Rattan, mesh, wood, and steel magazine file boxes are among other IKEA options.

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This set from Fellowes has six different colors - another great trick for the visual person. Each color can represent a different category. And color is motivating and inspiring. These boxes have the labels on the open side of the boxes, which I'm not particularly fond of, as the contents show, looking cluttered. You could always make your own labels and put them on the other side, though.

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These cute red ones come from The Container Store. They also have matching letter trays, storage boxes and file folders. Just makes you want to get organized doesn't it?

Whitmor provides a more whimsical look with bright plastic boxes. I love the colors, but don't like the fact that you can see through the plastic, though, again adding visual clutter.

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And here's a mahogany magazine file box by Rolodex for a more elegant look.

Another idea: If you want to customize magazine file boxes to match your decor, you can always get plain white ones and decorate accordingly.

We'll talk more about organizing for the visual person in future blog posts.

More on office organizing:
Three Steps to Organizing Your Office
Managing Paper, Part 1
Managing Paper, Part 2