In the 80s, I use to like a show on the CBS network called, MacGyver (… for those of us who remember it). Although it was fictional, I enjoyed how the main character, Angus MacGyver, would just get common objects around him and create something totally different but functional. I was a kid but even I knew that it was a genius concept and super cool at that. So how does the concept of a show from over twenty years ago relate to getting organized? Well, I’m going to share a few quick tips on how you can “MacGyver” or repurpose a mirror, a picture frame and a game board to help you organize your work area, whether it’s your office at work or at home.
Need something to post friendly reminders to yourself and prevent your desk from becoming a cluttered eye-sore? How about creating a memo board… out of a mirror. Why not take it a step further… a magnetic memo board! Just grab a framed mirror that you really like (or take a short trip to your local thrift store), give it a little TLC by may be adding a coat of paint, swap out the glass with a metal sheet from your local home improvement store, cover it with some fabric, add a few magnets, and there you have it!.. you’ve got yourself a handy (and fancy, I might add) way to temporarily store those reminder notes, networking cards, or shopping lists. It helps you to keep your desk cleared of the thousands of tiny paper-items we consume on a regular basis and, if you’re like myself, your memo board can be customized to fit the décor in your work area. Check out a previous post I did on how I used this same concept to create a vision board.
Need a place to discreetly store away and maintain your mobile devices? What if I told you all it takes is a dual, 8×10 picture frame and a drill? Now, you have a convenient and clever charging station. Just remove a couple of the templates and the glass from the inside of the frame, carefully drill a hole in the side of the frame where you want to thread your device cords through, and WHAA LAA! Wanna personalize it even more? Take one of the templates and glass that was removed from the frame and place it on the top so that you can add your favorite photo. Be sure to seal the glass down and the edges where the frame slides out in order to secure anything from falling out.
An organized desk usually consists of an area to neatly store your commonly used office supplies, some good lighting, a sorting tray for temporarily storing documents, and an area for your electronic devices or writing. So keep this space light. Most of that work surface on your desk is for writing or using your electronics. How about using a marble game board and repurposing it into a tablet, keyboard, or book prop for your desk? This is a great option if you don’t have a tablet cover that enables you to angle your device to reduce screen glare, or if you have a desktop keyboard that has a broken prop-up leg, or if you’re reading and would like to prop your book up slightly from the flat position on your desk. Just open the marble board, placing the actual playing side face-down on the table or surface. Using batting and fabric material, wrap it around the board and secure it with a hot glue gun. Allow it to dry and in that little time you have a new prop board for your desk. When you’re done with it, you can close the board and store it away, increasing your work surface.
BAAAMM!.. you’ve been MACGYVER’ED!!! Enjoy these quick repurposing tricks to help you get your workstation organized this summer. Remember to subscribe to this blog for many more tips on how you can evict the elephant in your room. C’mon back! We’d love to hear from you.
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