Feel like you’re drowning in paper when you’re sitting at your desk? Here’s a genius DIY trick for your home office that’s both functional and stylish.
“Filing things away would solve the mess but not the visual prompt to take action,” she explained. “It occurred to me that I could take advantage of the vertical space in the room.”
That’s when her clipboard wall idea came about. “I’ve always loved when people use clipboards to create a rotating gallery of their kids’ artwork, so I figured, why wouldn’t that work for paper?”
In just 30 minutes, Thomas created a gallery wall of nine clipboards in her home office — a system that she now swears is life-changing.
She has three rules for organizing her papers with them:
- Group like with like. For example, add bills to pay on one clipboard, grocery shopping lists on another, etc.
- When it’s time to tackle a task, grab your clipboard and get to work.
- Once the task is finished, recycle or file the paper and place the clipboard back in its designated spot.
“When I’m ready to work on something, I grab the corresponding clipboard off the wall and dig in,” she said. “Everything I need to complete or make progress on a given task is right there for me to take action on. When I’m done, I recycle the pages I don’t need anymore and hang the board back on the wall.”
Plus, it’s a portable system. “If I’m working on a blog or a meal plan, I’ll grab a board and bring it with me to work on while watching TV with the family or making dinner.”
The clipboard wall is just one part of Thomas’ complete home office makeover, which was completed in about five weeks and cost a total of $850. Some of the other updates included fresh paint, a new light fixture and a whiteboard wall mural that is perfect for brainstorming or just getting creative.
See more pictures of the office renovation at Thomas’ blog, Bloom in the Black.