Springboards to an Organized Home Office

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Maintaining an organized home office is hard work. If you’re not careful, the papers pile up everywhere just to be knocked over by the cat or your kids. Important work documents get mixed in with junk mail, bills, homework and art projects you never have time to put away.

Whether you use your home office 40 hours a week or just to surf the net and hide paperwork, it’s time to spring into action and clear your workspace from clutter and stress. Furniture has come a long way on style without sacrificing functionality, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the price tags.

The first step to organizing your home office is actually having one. Your couch or kitchen table should not be confused with an office desk. Remote workers in particular need a dedicated home office that’s not where they eat breakfast or take a nap.

Short on space? No problem. With versatile storage and work surface varieties, the Key West Collection  fits almost anywhere while providing plenty of options for staying organized. The natural, easy-living style of Key West creates a relaxed atmosphere for a stress-free home office.

If you plan to set up a laptop, monitor, printer, phone or any other electronics, you’ll want a surface with cable management. Feed wires right through the surface to keep them organized and out of your way.

Once you have your office desk set up, you’ll enjoy the conveniences of a dedicated workspace and probably get a lot more done.shutterstock_151162832

FROM PILES TO FILES

It doesn’t matter how many papers are piled on your desk; you’re not letting a heavy, ugly metal cabinet cramp your style.

Thankfully, file cabinets don’t have to be bulky, dull or even stationary for that matter. This kathy ireland® Office by Bush Furniture Ironworks Mobile Pedestal stores letter and legal-sized files while catering to your rustic tastes. Drawers open on smooth ball-bearing slides for an easy reach to contents.

The mobile file cabinet complements the matching desk and rolls right underneath.

For a contemporary look with a space-saving design, try this stable but stylish Broadview White Desk with Organizer, Pedestal and File Cabinet. The attractive Satin Chrome hardware and Pure White finish complement a variety of home interiors, while the office furniture set handles all of your filing needs.

BOOKCASES FOR ALL SPACES

Find a place for your books, binders and decorative items of all sizes by adding a bookcase with adjustable shelves to your home office. Try a 72 inch 5 Shelf Bookcase to really cut down on clutter. Three adjustable shelves allow you to store and display a variety of office supplies, bins or even plants. Order two or three to create a storage wall.

If your workspace is really just a desk at the edge of your living room, consider adding a room divider. This 16 Cube Bookcase from kathy ireland Office® by Bush Furniture separates your home office from your living space while adding an ample amount of storage with contemporary flair.

With all the time you’ll save by having an organized home office, you can enjoy stepping away from your work area more often. When you sit back down, you’ll know just where to find all of your most important items and paperwork without having to dig through old notes and junk mail.

You’ll love the stress-free feeling of an organized workspace, with a place for everything and everything in place.

Springboards to an Organized Home Office

Summer Sales

shutterstock_110827829The summer sun is beating down, and that means it’s prime time for garage sales! If you grew up in a small town like me, you inevitably see large, enthusiastic signs on the weekends to advertise these events: “Garage Sale: Newland Ave., Sat-Sun,” “YARD SALE HERE TODAY,” or even the simple approach of “SALE.” There is great ambiguity surrounding the terms used to describe these sales, which my sibling never fails to mention: “But WHY is it a yard sale if it’s indoors?!,” or, “Don’t they know it’s in their garage and not the house itself?!” Nevertheless, these events are a summer staple for people who love discovering diamonds in the rough.

Once you finally get to this sale, whatever it’s called, there’s the question of what you may or may not buy. Maybe you’re one of those people who is exceptionally good at scoping the shutterstock_54125911sale out to find small gems, valuable antiques, or exactly what you hoped to give your mother-in-law as a gift. Maybe you’re not, and you’re lucky to come away with a decent wooden cigar box once and awhile. This hunting about is, from where I’m shopping, a cultivated art form; it takes time to learn what’s worth buying.

At Bush, we won’t make you pick through a whole slew of things to find what you’re really wanting. Instead, take a look at some of the things we have marked down this summer so you can outfit your living room or home office without rummaging at a neighborhood sale.

The Kathy Ireland Grand Expressions Collection features a number of beautiful home accent pieces, all of which are currently for sale at discounted prices. The pictured end tables and coffee table below come in a set and are just one of the many ways you can create convenient surfaces in your home.Grand Expressions Three Tables

Additionally, perhaps you are looking to create or revamp your home office this summer, but space is a little tight. Try one of our small desks with technology integration, so you can work comfortably and hide computer wires or phone chargers at the same time.

Warwick Small Desk

Maybe if you’ve been visiting all those garage sales, you need some help getting your new belongings organized. Our Kathy Ireland collapsible storage bins are a stylish and practical addition to any home office.KI storage bin_2

We hope you take advantage of these summer clearance items here at Bush! Also, if you still choose to shop around your neighborhood this summer for some great garage sale deals, let us know how it goes in the comments section below. Happy shopping!

Summer Sales

Porch Culture

With gusto, ladies and gentlemen, I say to you: I believe summer is upon us! Let’s all take a second, feel the breeze on our shoulders, and know that we’ve been liberated from our long winter. Even when it’s raining, there’s a general sense of warmth and uplifted spirits floating around. Trees are in bloom, too, and the air smells sweet with possibility!

Alright, maybe a little much. But as the seasons change and it gets warmer, hopefully you’re feeling the late spring/early summer begin to creep around you. I love being outside at this shutterstock_3971008time of year and enjoying nature, particularly ifI can do all of that while sitting on a porch. Originally, porches were built to give homeowners a covered place to sit in the summer when the weather was too hot to be inside and they stood a chance of catching a breeze outdoors.[1] Now they have become a social gathering place and encourage community spirit.

An article in The Milwaukee Journal, written in June of 1966, waxed poetic about porch culture and significance of porches as a status symbol: “You don’t have to be antiquated to remember when a porch was a sign of affluence. Even if it was a mere dab on the front of a row house, its owners could feel superior to less fortunate neighbors with nothing more comfortable to squat on than stoops.”[2] While this might not be a hard and fast social symbol today, those who have porches still enjoy their covered social area. The quality of that experience also depends on the furniture on which you’re sitting. The article, in particular, mentioned porch swings: while they might be slightly uncomfortable and fit approximately 2.5 people, they can also perfect for cuddling up with a significant other.

In 2006, forty years after the Milwaukee Journal article was printed, NPR’s Michele Norris did a piece on All Things Considered about porches entitled “Sitting on the Porch: Not a Place, But a State of Mind.” Among some of her observations was that porches organically bridge the gap between private homes and public space on the streets.[3] Therefore, homeowners can invite guests to spend time with them in a way that’s not too intrusive so they could still keep their home more private but still entertain comfortably. Similarly, would-be guests did not have to feel they were intruding if they were only gathered on the porch. Thus, in thIMG_4597at established milieu, the porch also became a symbol of good-natured and “safe” quality time.

Bush Industries is located in Jamestown, NY about twenty miles southeast of Chautauqua Institution, the pinnacle of porch perfection. Chautauqua is a cultural center dedicated to lifelong learning that focuses on religion, literature, science, and the arts. Finding a house at Chautauqua without a porch is rare; I don’t know if anyone has ever specifically counted how many porches the Institution has, but there are undoubtedly hundreds in its tiny community. During Chautauqua’s nine-week summer season, thousands of people enter the grounds and often engage in meaningful discourse on their porches…or they just sit back and enjoy the time with their friends. Either way, porch culture is very prominent and contributes to Chautauqua’s laidback atmosphere. To learn more about the Institution and its upcoming summer season, click here.

IMG_3725The Chautauqua Amphitheater Back Porch:
a gathering place after lectures, church services, and performances.

Thus, porches create summer ambiance. Why not spread that to other areas of your home? The Bush Furniture Volcano Dusk Collection by Kathy Ireland can help you complete your summer atmosphere, particularly if you want to give your whole home the same comfortable feeling your porch has. Or maybe you don’t have a porch but you desire that Volcano Cabinetsummery feeling in your cottage or home year-round. Check out the collection for desks and hutches, storage options, and convenient tables for any living area.

Here’s to quiet evenings that are still warm even after the sun has gone down, lightning bugs, and the casual bluegrass after-dinner jam session. Here’s to sitting with your friends and peeking out from under the porch railing to glimpse comets creeping across the sky (I was six and remember my father telling me it was the only time I was ever going to see the Hale–Bopp comet in my life.) Here’s to sleeping on the porch on warm nights, and the Chautauqua season commencing in a month. Let summer seep into your bones, and keep swinging.

[1] http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5589974

[2]https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HQQqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0ScEAAAAIBAJ&dq=porch-sitting&pg=2625,4955701&hl=en

[3] http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5589974

Porch Culture