Celebrating Clean Off Your Desk Day

National Clean Off Your Desk Day is the second Monday in January each year. It makes perfect sense, new year, fresh starts and a refreshed resolve to work harder, smarter and more efficiently — all of which can be pushed forward (theoretically) by a cleaned desk. While being organized has always been said to help with maintaining a clear mind and increasing productivity, a messy desk is said to be beneficial for boosting creativity. I was inspired to research further after seeing a social post from Huemor, a web design agency. It’s seen below: 


For starters, multiple scientific experiments, such as the one conducted by psychologists at the University of Minnesota, found that more creative ideas are had in a disorderly setting. This study and numerous similar ones state that the disorder can help find solutions to problems quicker and help to break free from the traditional thinking that complete organization is always better, therefore making workers feel less constrained overall. Here are some other findings I’ve come across: 

  1. Less time spent worrying about the cleanliness of the desk and more time spent on work.
  2. There is a such thing as a “clutter style.”
  3. Inspirational objects on your desk don’t count as clutter.
  4. It’s common for those who work in the design or art industries to have a “disorderly” desk.
  5. Disorder doesn’t mean chaos.
  6. It’s said best by Albert Einstein – “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

It’s not to say that anyone with a messy desk is against the idea of organization, it’s just the way some people get their work done. Also, no desk style fits all — as some may be scattered with notes, coffee cups and personal items, others have only what they’re working on in that moment, and some are in-between. What does your desk look like?

If you’re interested in organizing your desk, even if just a bit, check out this video for some tips:

Seasonal HVAC Advice for the Transition to Fall

HVACThis blog is all about making your everyday life easier, whether that means random life hacks at home, or more serious advice for your workplace. Fall is starting, so if you have the ability, you should prepare for the transition to the colder weather.

In the office, there are plenty of ways to improve your seasonal quality of life. However, I often feel that one is simply overlooked: your building’s commercial HVAC system. I don’t mean to be too dramatic, but a comfortable room temperature is a pillar of the productive work day. Obviously, an environment that’s too hot, too cold, too humid, or too dry is going to be at least a nuisance, and at most a significant distraction. If your system is on the fritz, just imagine what that’ll do to office morale.

Making sure your HVAC system is running up to par becomes increasingly important as we eventually transition from fall to a cold winter. Obviously, regular maintenance is a must for your HVAC system.

If your commercial HVAC system breaks down, however, immediate action should be taken to get back on track as soon as possible. In New York, the BP Group is one company that provides heating and cooling services. Once immediate repairs are completed, you can revise your maintenance plan to better adjust to general wear-and-tear of HVAC operations as well as shifting needs of the changing seasons.

When you’re perusing the web, there’s no doubt you’ll find many similar opinions–that’s how important it is to have this HVAC maintenance. If you’re

Ultimately, if you didn’t think about your HVAC system before this post, that’s probably because it was doing it’s job. Just because things are alright now, however, it doesn’t mean that they’ll stay that way, especially when you need it most. Lastly, here’s a quick video that specifically addresses the importance of cleaning your system’s coils.


How to Decide the Best Rug Shape

When it comes to choosing an area rug for a specific room in your home, there are multiple things to consider. This includes color, design, size, placement, and texture, as well as the topic we’re covering today, shape. The various shapes include circle, square, rectangle, and other unique shapes that we may not see as frequent as the others. For today, we’re focusing on the three main ones to give you a little guidance before making what can be an expensive investment.


A circular shaped rug is a great choice for small rooms because it helps to make the room feel larger than it is. Along with making the room feel larger, a circular rug pairs nicely with many furniture pieces, especially a circular table that is placed right in the center or a singular chair with a footrest. Because most rooms in an average home have corners, a circular rug has the potential to soften up the space and act as the focal point of the room.


A square shaped rug is the perfect fit for large rooms where furniture can slightly come off the edge. They’re also great for wide foyers, rather than narrow foyers. If you plan to use a square rug in your dining area, here are Rug & Home’s recommendations:

Style: "July07"

  • 36” Round / Square table – minimum 6’ square
  • 42” Round / Square table – minimum 6’6” square
  • 50” Round / Square table – minimum 7’2” square
  • 60” Round / Square table – minimum 8’ square


A rectangular shaped rug is commonly found in narrow foyers and entryways, as well as hallways. For kitchens, they can be seen placed in front of sinks, acting as a stylish comfort floor mat. Just like it’s common to pair circle furniture with circle rugs and square furniture with square rugs, it’s just as common, if not more, to stick with the traditional rectangle with rectangle.

Being that I received some great tips from Rug & Home’s decorating guide, I’m going to share a little more from them. Check it out: