You’re ruffling through papers, trying to find the blueprint for that meeting with your client.
Where is it?
There’s 100, maybe 200 blueprints crammed in corners of your desk and squished in filing cabinets.
15 minutes’ pass.
Still, no sign.
At this point, you risk being late.
You call up the client and reschedule the meeting.
Unfortunately, this is a common scenario for many who don’t have appropriate office storage. And it can cost you more than merely rescheduling a meeting.
You could lose potential and current clients, compromise your reputation, and risk your job position. All because you can’t locate a specific file, blueprint, print, or sample.
This is why you need a blueprint storage rack.
A blueprint storage rack makes the most out of minimum space, storing up to 120 prints per hanger and up to 20 sets per average-sized rack.
But there’s more to it than just this.
Learn the detrimental effects of clutter, and how a blueprint storage rack can make your life a lot easier.
Experiment shows more mess equals less persistence
According to an article from the Harvard Business Review, people exposed to messy workspaces were less likely to stick to a challenging task.
In an experiment, 100 subjects were exposed to either a cluttered or neat workspace. Afterward, in a separate room, they were asked to do a “challenging” task: Draw a geometrical figure without taking their pencil off the paper or retracing any lines.
(This, in fact, is an impossible task.)
The subjects exposed to the neat workspace attempted the task 1.5 times longer than those exposed to messy workspaces.
1,117 seconds (on average) compared to an average of 669 seconds.
What’s the reasoning behind this?
Your brain perceives the messy workspace as a threat. Simply looking at the mess drains your brain, depriving its mental resources that should be applied to the work at hand.
Because the messy workspace deprived the subjects’ mental resources, they had less mental capacity to apply to the challenging task.
Tidier workspace and better focus on hard tasks
What we’re trying to get at is a blueprint storage rack can help you tidy up your workspace.
By neatly storing your files and blueprints in this 1 tier storage rack, you free up your workspace.
As we know from the experiment, a tidier workspace means less mental energy wasted. More time and greater stick-to-it-ness on hard projects.
We are a social species. What people think about us matters.
We are in many different social standings: family, friends, co-workers. Some people interlap.
An article in Scientific American says it best, “It is only when our social standing is threatened that we begin to wonder … what are people going to think?”
So, when you have a messy desk, you may spend more time ruminating about what your co-workers and boss think of you.
What do co-workers think about your messiness? Do they think it represents your quality of work?
Rumination takes up mental energy. Instead of allocating mental resources to your work, it’s spent worrying.
Less time actually getting stuff done. And less energy to stick with harder tasks.
The blueprint storage rack alleviates the possibility for rumination. Because your blueprints are stored and organized, you can allot and leverage all your mental resources on your work, challenging aspects included.
Study indicates more clutter, less productivity
We’ve alluded to this, but we’re going to go more in depth here. A cluttered environment not only affects your persistence levels but productivity as well.
A Princeton University study concluded that physical clutter competes for your attention (we mentioned this earlier in the HBR experiment). It drains your productivity levels.
So, your physical clutter on your desk and in your filing cabinets is causing you to spend less time on what needs to get done.
Lower productivity levels affect the chances of getting a raise, promotion, or maintaining a high reputation among co-workers and clients.
To increase your productivity, use a blueprint storage rack.
It’ll reduce your clutter—they might even erase it—and you just might get that promotion or bonus you’ve been competing for.
Study proves more clutter, higher stress
The same study also attributes clutter to higher stress levels.
Physical clutter literally floods and overwhelms your senses. This then makes you feel stressed. The increase in stress inherently blocks any type of creative thinking.
But to get over the clutter you can multitask, right?
Multitasking actually stresses you out too. Your brain doesn’t do better when multitasking. It does worse. Multitasking creates what researchers dub “spotlighting.” Your brain switches feverishly from one activity to the other, trying to accomplish something.
You can actually see this in action, where one area of the brain lights up for a couple seconds. Then it switches to another.
So, you’d most likely go from answer email, clutter, invoice, clutter, report, clutter.
By using a blueprint storage rack, you’ll get that clutter off your desk and reduce your stress. And you won’t feel the need to even attempt multitasking.
Stats show our total accumulation of clutter
The truth is, Americans consume twice as much stuff as we did 50 years ago.
In our lifetimes, we will spend 3,680 hours (153 days) looking for misplaced stuff. Research states we misplace up to nine items every day. That’s 198,743 items in our lifetimes. Phones, keys, sunglasses, and yes paperwork are on the top of the list.
Science behind throwing away clutter
And it’s hard to throw it away.
The same areas (anterior cingulate cortex and insula) in the brain for pain lights up when you part with items that hold sentimental value.
Prevent this pain with a blueprint storage rack
Still have your first blueprint?
Maybe you have a fond work sample you cherish?
You don’t have to go through that pain in tossing it.
Simply store it in a blueprint storage rack.
How has clutter and a messy workspace impacted your life? Let us know in the comments below.
And check out these blueprint storage racks. They store up to 20 sets of hangers. That’s 8 more sets than our competitors’.
 Scientific American: What Other People Think About Us Matters Here’s Why
 becomingminimalist: 21 Surprising Stats That Reveal How Much Stuff We Actually Own
 Lifehacker: How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)