How can a mirror, a picture frame and a game board help you organize your work area this summer? (Organizing tips for business professionals and entrepreneurs)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Until the next post…

– Sy

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Creative Vision Board for 2014!.. (Warning: This is not your mother’s vision board.)

Happy Friday, guys!  Finally, the end of another week of hard work and now you can unwind… may be.

Last week, we opened the year with two specific goals – (1) to get organized and (2) to set our goals for the year by creating a vision board.  I shared with you tips (found here) on how you can create a powerful vision board that would keep you inspired and maintain the optimism needed to follow-through with your goals.  Today I’ll show you how to think out of the box when it comes to creating a vision board for 2014.  One of the tips that I mentioned was to NEVER settle when it comes to creating your vision board.  The time of vision boards made of poster board has passed.  Not to say that there is anything wrong with doing them but I decided to put a different spin on it.

Late last year, I was thinking of a variety of different ways to create vision boards.  The one thing that hit me was how can I create a vision board that was exciting to look at and that would allow you to conveniently add or remove images as your goals change.  So I came up with the idea of a magnetic vision board, which consists of repurposing a used mirror and adding sheet metal.  You could then add the elements that represent your goals using contact paper, Velcro, and magnets.  This was a very inexpensive project and only took me a couple of hours to complete.  All you need is a little creativity, a trip to your local thrift store and craft store, and you’ve got a very impressive yet motivational piece.

Magnetic Vision Board

Supplies:

  • Wall mirror, with the included template
  • Sheet metal, as close to size of mirror frame
  • Metal snips (hand shears)
  • A fine metal file
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Magnets, in a couple of different sizes depending on the size of the cut-outs for your board
  • Velcro (type and size, optional)
  • Contact paper
  • Hot glue
  • Mounting adhesive, to hang the completed board without damaging the wall surface

Optional:

  • Acrylic paint (to refresh the mirror frame)

Step 1:  Remove the template from the back of the mirror frame and properly discard the glass.  Using a marker, trace the template directly on to the sheet metal and cut it out with the metal snips, being very careful of sharp, rigid edges (tip: when using the snips to cut the metal, be sure to use thick gloves, goggles, and an apron to protect from injuries.).  While cutting, lift one end of the metal up from the work surface to reduce friction while cutting.  Using a fine metal file, smooth down the rigid edges.  Attention: Be sure to carefully discard of any scraps of glass or metal left over so that no one becomes injured by the sharp edges in your waste/recycling receptacle.

Step 2:  (Optional)  I wanted the frame to pop but I didn’t want to interfere with the gorgeous detailing; so I applied a couple of light coats of metallic acrylic paint to it (Folk Art’s Pure Gold #660) with a sponge brush. 

Step 3:  With a hot glue gun, wrap your fabric of choice over the sheet metal, smoothing out any creasing.

Step 4:  Place the covered sheet metal and the template back into the frame, securing them with the metal tabs.

Step 5:  Gather your cut-out images, contact paper, the magnets, and Velcro tabs.  Cover your cut-outs, to size, with contact paper to preserve the images.  Then place your Velcro tabs on the back of each cut-out and a magnet.  Press the magnet firmly on the back of the adjoining cut-out.  You will now be able to remove and replace your images at any point… just choose a different cut-out with another Velcro tab to go with your magnet.

Apply each cut-out to your newly, created vision board and there you have it!  A new spin on an old tradition.

Magnetic Vision Board

Show us your vision for 2014 or comment below.  If you enjoy the information here on TheElephantInMyRoom.net, share these posts with the people within your network and help them to get organized and stay organized.

Cheers, to being that much closer to reaching our goals and to another successful year!  Enjoy the weekend!

– Sy