The Right Way to Organize a Bulletin Board

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HImage of a bulletin board drawing with the phrase, How to Organize Your Bulletin Boardave you ever wondered what’s the best way to organize a bulletin board?

It’s not uncommon to find such a board filled with clippings, notes, scraps of paper and other items until all you have is a giant mass of indistinguishable items.

In this post, I offer some tips to help you organize a bulletin board that’s easy on the eyes.

The best part about this?

It doesn’t matter if the board is made out of cork, magnet or any other material!

A bulletin board was originally meant to…you guessed it, post bulletins.

Today we use these boards to post notes to ourselves at home or the office, or to decorate a space. 

Just how do you organize a bulletin board so that it makes sense for you?

Here’s a few tips to keep in mind:

Give items a bit of breathing room.

Have you ever heard of the design term of white or negative space? The term refers to the space surrounding something.

Without the balance of negative space (even if it is cork or a magnet board) around a piece of paper, a photo, or a wall calendar, things can look cluttered and cramped.

Whenever you’re posting something to a bulletin board, give items a bit of space on all sides, top, right, left and bottom. This will make it easier for your eyes to identify and process information.

Stick with a single layer.

Keep things simple by sticking with a single layer of materials on your board. You want to be able to absorb information in one quick, brief glance, and a single layer lets you do this with ease. You won’t have to worry about lifting pieces of papers up, repining or moving items around just to access an area of the board.

If things are getting a bit cramped and you’re running out of space on the board, it’s probably a good idea to do some decluttering and remove any unnecessary or expired items.

Organize or arrange materials in sections.

Make it easy for you to find what you need by organizing a board into smaller sections or even quadrants. You can style the sections in any way you please, horizontally, vertically, diagonally or any combination of your own design.

For example, you could divide your board into four equal square sections and use one section to post errand-related materials (shopping lists, dry cleaning slips, etc.), another for inspirational materials (cards, notes, etc.), yet another informational materials (your favorite take-out restaurant menu, etc.) and the last for business or personal materials (notices to review, subscriptions to renew, etc.).

Put timely items on the board.

An invitation to your cousin’s wedding, two tickets to a rock concert next weekend, and your dry cleaning stub are all good bulletin board candidates.

For the most part, you’ll want to keep your board updated with the latest, most important and relevant information related to your life.

Everything else is just old news! Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having items that are expired, overdue or stale on your board, just make sure you are looking at items you want to look at, be it a pretty vacation postcard or a hand-written note from your best friend.

How about you? Do you have/use a bulletin board at home or at work? How do you make use of it and/or organize it? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.
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