Get organized! Marcia shares her “command station”

Our second “Ask Marcia and Jacqui Anything!” call is now history, and you can listen to it here:

“Ask Marcia and Jacqui Anything! November 3, 2010

Marcia's "command station"

If you were on the call, you know Marcia talked about her “command station” — a work station and desk replacement designed specifically for her by a professional organizer. Marcia admits to not being able to work without being able to “see” all her paperwork, and before this office design, her desk (and the floor around it) was always stacked with piles of paper. File drawers and cabinets didn’t help, as “out of sight” meant “out of mind” to her.

Without the desk, there's room for a sitting area

As you can see, all sliding drawers are see-through baskets (from a home building supply store) slid under a Corian shelf, which is the main workspace. A keyboard drawer slides out from under the Corian shelf, and wall shelves hold current paperwork in job folders. Everything’s “visible,” so Marcia’s crazy need to be able to see everything is met.

To make up for not having a drawer for pencils, paper clips, and desk stuff, Marcia arranged nifty silver and black mesh canisters from IKEA around her computer and phone. Voila! Unconventional, lovely to look at, a dream to work at, and easy to keep organized, too. (Click on the photos to enlarge and see detail.)

Don’t forget to listen to the November 3rd Q&A call, and please leave a comment (by clicking on the comment link below) and tell us your thoughts! Or leave a question for our next call.

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“Ask Marcia and Jacqui Anything! November 3, 2010

We appreciate you!

Jacqui and Marcia

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  1. OMG, I now have a clear understanding of “why” I can’t stay organized…I think like Marcia. I am going right a way to change my work space to that it helps ME. Thank you for the pictures.

  2. Bonnie, you’re so welcome! It never really occurred to me that this was ADHD behavior — I just knew it was “me.” My husband says I’m old fashioned with wanting to have those slot type organizers in front of me with my folders and papers in them, but if they’re not there, they’d be on my desk or laid out on the floor — so I could see them.

    So glad the pictures helped!

  3. Jacqueline says:

    Hi Bonnie…that is so great that you are taking action straight away to change your workspace!

    Another thing that is very helpful if you have ADHD or ADHD tendencies is to colour code things. For example, blue folders for one project and green folders for different project.

    Good luck with the changes and we would love to see photos of your new space.

  4. This is great! I’m just in the process of a massive office dredging and retrenching– of course I have 9 different projects sitting on my desk–and now realize my need to see everything is part of the ADD tendencies. It’s all good. Thanks, PD

  5. Patrice, I had no idea either! Kind of liberating, isn’t it?

  6. Jacqueline says:

    Patrice when you giving your office a make over, you might consider getting a white board too. On it you can write down all your current projects. This is another great way to keep everything you are working on visible.


  7. Thanks so much for publishing this article. I’ve just posted it to my social media sites. It’s great to hear and see your solutions to a challenge that people often have a difficult time pinpointing as the problem.


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