According to the theory of right brain vs. left brain, the right side is free-flowing & visual. The left side is supposed to be more organized & auditory. We all use both sides, but in varying degrees. Both sides can be used simultaneously, but one will likely be much more effective. The teenager who listens to music while studying, is using both halves of his brain. But either he’ll pay much more attention to the music, and the studying will go slower, or he’ll focus on the homework & the music will truly be background noise.

Given the abstract & visual nature of the right half of the brain, it’s no surprise that a lot of the creative industries are right brain focused. Both halves of the brain are capable of creativity, but it takes different forms. My Mom is more right brain dominant, and she used to doodle cartoons in high school. I’m more left brain dominant, so even though I’m very creative I dislike cartooning. I prefer to draw things that are more “photo-realistic“.

For people that are more right brain dominant, organization can be a hassle. Aesthetics are important, and filing cabinets & office furniture usually aren’t all that interesting.

Your best bet is to find creative organization, that satisfies your need for beauty but tames the chaos around you! Hat boxes can be used to store papers, nick-knacks, or office supplies. If you’re an artist, why not store brushes or small vials of paint in one? Are you a scrapbooker? These can hold stamps, ink, embossing supplies, paper punches or any number of things. Maybe you’re a stay at home Mom…you could hold makeup in here, or have one to hold the many creations your little darlings generate, or maybe just your secret stash of chocolate. I won’t tell anyone I promise!

Maybe you really do want to use a filing cabinet. But from a textural standpoint, I find these wicker file boxes to be much more appealing than your standard metal cabinet. I’ve seen cloth file boxes in an array of colors & patterns, I’ve seen wood filing cabinets (maybe a nice cherry?), I’ve even seen seagrass file boxes.

If you’re looking for places to get inspired, Tuesday Morning, Pier 1 & Pottery Barn all make excellent places to start looking. Another great place for ideas is Pinterest. For those who don’t know, Pinterest is like sort of an online scrapbook. You can save pictures of things you like onto boards. The boards are divided into the category of your choosing. You can make anything from a board of artists you adore, to a board of musical instruments you want to own someday. Well I hope this is helpful for kick-starting some ideas. If you know of other places to get creative organization supplies, please leave a comment to let me know. And if you start a neat Pinterest board, leave a comment with a link and I’ll go check it out!

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