The Post-it Note house

An American artist covered her home in Post-it Notes – the interior, that is.

Rebecca Murtaugh is an artist who likes stationery. As she says on her website, “Office supply, house-ware, and candy stores are playgrounds for me,” and “My love of the Post-it Note was motivated by its use for marking and carrying important information, much as one might indicate a passage in a book, or leave a message on the refrigerator. This disposable yet beautiful material often carries valuable information, if even for a moment.”

Murtaugh covered her bedroom and sitting room in Post-its. The shot of her sofa in neon pink with a bright blue side cabinet is particularly striking. And, while art and business have always been linked, what I think is interesting about Murtaugh’s work is that it’s a prompt to think about rooms and objects in different ways.

If you want to get someone’s attention, where’s the best place to put a Post-it Note? I leave them on keyboards and monitors – people have to contend with the Post-its before they can use their computers. Murtaugh actually colour-coded the notes by the value of the object they covered. The classic yellow Post-its went on the walls, while she used the neon colours for the sofa and lamp.

Actually, that’s a good tip for organisation if you’re moving office (or house) and trying to figure out what furniture and equipment to keep, what to recycle and what to replace. Walk through the room and assign different-coloured Post-it Notes to objects based on their value, age, usefulness – whatever. When you step back, you’ll have a kind of ‘heat map’ of importance.

What Murtaugh did with the Post-it Notes initially looks simple and maybe a bit silly. But if you think about her reasoning – if you try to understand an artist’s point of view – you may find it useful in unexpected ways.

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