The Art of Space Clearing
Efficiency does not only require a dynamic person, but an organized use of space as well. In your home and office, it will be extremely useful to maintain a good habit of clearing the place. After all, a spacious (or at least seemingly spacious) and well-maximized room helps ease the workload from your shoulder.
In designing and organizing your rooms and workspaces, here are a few elements that you could work on.
Red, orange and other related hues create an illusion of warmth and small space, which people usually do not like. So for a cooler and more spacious look, it is preferable to choose among the hues of blue to green.
But in playing with colors, you may also have to consider the task of maintaining a good color combination among walls, windows, curtains, and furniture. In that case, light colors, especially those related to white (mother of pearl, ecru, ivory, beige and taupe) are easier to match with home and office decorations.
While it is generally useful to have a roomy space, having such amenity may become a burden since it compromises communication among inhabitants of the house or members of the office. Most importantly, it may demand huge amounts to purchase and maintain.
Meanwhile, little spaces may be organized to create illusions of space. Furthermore, well-placed cabinets and shelves may serve various purposes: as space dividers, as decorations, and as file organizers.
An intelligent manipulation of lighting and home decorations is the most important element in providing a good ambience. Yellow lighting generally contributes to the coziness of a place, as well as a lot of sofas, floor cushions, candles, native ornaments, smoked glass windows, and light wooden furniture. On the other hand, white fluorescent bulbs and a lot of plastic and metals (steel chairs, synthetic decors, glass windows and Formica tabletops) make for a busy-looking office. Meanwhile, pastel colors and cartooned wallpapers provide for an innocent, child-like look perfect for relaxing.
In organizing space, especially for an office, the other elements may have to be compromised for utility. Excessive decorations are generally not advisable since they interfere with the workflow. Furniture must be limited to filing cabinets, tables, and chairs.
At home, utility is to be observed as well. While keeping some memorabilia may be healthy, it will be helpful to get rid of old possessions that only accumulate dust and serve no purpose at all aside from becoming the breeding ground of insects. For example, old stuffed toys, old books, and newspapers add to the clutter. We could just donate them to people who need them more.