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Keeping your desk clean and organized is a daily struggle. But it’s worth the fight—a tidy workspace has been proven one of the most effective ways to get ahead in business.

Case in point: Fast Company reported that executives waste on average six weeks per year searching for lost documents, time they could have spent making progress on projects or chasing down new leads.

So you can see why we were impressed with Rebecca’s minimalist desk, which she posted on her blog The Daily Muse, along with a few suggestions for must-have accessories that will help you organize your office.

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Studies show that right environment can make a big difference in productivity, and companies generally keep this in mind when designing their employees’ workspace. Mashable recently published a list of design tips for a more productive office; which has us wondering: Why not apply some of these same recommendations when designing our offices at home?

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1. Ergonomics. 

The logic is simple––if you’re back is killing you or your neck is stiff, you’re not going to get much work done. Fortunately, the fix is equally simple: adjust. Focus on the height of your chair and desk, and the angle of your computer monitor.

2. Lose the clutter. 

Clean, clutter-free workspaces can increase productivity––plus you will spend less time searching for things if you’re organized. Consider developing a filing system for both hard copies and digital documents. And always, always back up your work.

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3. Add some color. 

According to color psychologist Angela Wright, certain colors tend to have the same universal effect on people. Blue stimulates the mind, yellow inspires creativity, red affects your body, and green creates calming balance. Don’t forget to pay attention to the intensity of your color choice: highly saturated, bright colors will stimulate while softer, muted colors are soothing.

4. Get one with nature. 

Two recent studies have found that having a plant at your desk or near your workspace can increase cognitive attention and productivity––not to mention make your air more breathable!

5. Light it up. 

A well lit space can do wonders for how well you work. Natural light from windows and skylights is ideal; however, if this isn’t an option in your space, opt for indirect light rather than overhead.

Source: Mashable

Photos: Adorable Home, Houzz

Have you been wondering which pieces of your furniture were “so last year”? Homesessive compiled a great list of furniture that is on its way out or is already out of everyday homes. Below are some of are our favorites:

Desks – Once a must-have in home offices and bedrooms to promote productivity, it’s safe to say desks will be extinct within the next few years due to the increasing mobility of technology. Replacing it are lap desks, which can be mobile along with your laptop, tablet, or other portable technology.

Entertainment Armoire – In the past, this piece of furniture was a television staple that boasted the ability to hide all those wires and hold your cable box and VCR; now more and more people are mounting their flat screens on walls or simply purchasing a TV stand for their televisions to perch on.

Coat rack – Although not useless yet, the coat rack is making less of an appearance in homes thanks to space saving wall hooks.

Traditional Sink – Traditionally, sinks had two knobs to control the temperature of the water and turn on the faucet, but now there is sensor technology that more kitchens are using. Turn on the water with just a swipe––hand-free sinks guarantee less mess.

The next few have already become extinct and are no longer present in the majority of modern homes:

Pull-out Sofa Beds – These required strength to pull the bed out of the couch and were notorious for being uncomfortable with their thin mattresses made to fit inside the couch. Nowadays, furniture companies are designing sleek couches, that simply fold for fashionable function.

Telephone Table – Gone are the days when landline phones were in every household; today it’s rare to find someone with a landline. Telephone tables used to be the norm in homes with a landlines––along with a chair to rest in during long conversations.

Chaise Longue – A long, reclining chair.
 This day bed/chair originated in the 1800s and was for ultimate daytime comfort. One theory for the popularity of the Chaise Longue (or “fainting couch”) is that the corsets women wore in that era would restrict blood flow and actually cause the wearer to pass out on occasion.

Photo: Systink

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