Help Us Find Toronto's Messiest Office
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Help Us Find Toronto’s Messiest Office

Illustration by Clayton Hanmer/Torontoist.

We know that a lot of you people—readers, we mean—read us at work. We like to imagine that those of you who do so do it in a work area that is as pristine and flawless as you are: a tidy desk, tasteful but subdued decoration, everything completely ordered and organized and in its right place. An artful workspace.
But we also realize that, for many of you, that may not be entirely the case. Maybe you work from home and haven’t quite gotten around to walking that dirty plate over to the kitchen just yet. Maybe you work in a cubicle and just need that seventeenth photo of your kids thumb-tacked to its wall. Maybe you’ve got a private office of your own and are using that accomplishment as an excuse to maximize the amount of physical space your stuff occupies.
No, what some of you might just really need is some public shaming. Er, we mean, help. Yes, help. We’re here to provide both: we’re looking to find, and show off, Toronto’s most colossally messy offices. Fellowes Canada, who we’ve partnered with for the contest, are providing just under three thousand bucks’ worth of office organization and productivity goodies to give to three winners (or losers, as the case may be), so your newly outed shame won’t go entirely to waste.
Here’s how to enter.

How to Enter

To enter, email [email protected] with:

  • A photo or photos of your office or workspace. The photo, which must be at least 640 pixels wide, must have been taken recently, and specifically for the contest. By submitting it, you give us permission to republish that photo and make fun of you for it.
  • Your name, your job, and the company you work for. When we post our picks of your pics, we’ll identify you only by your first name, and won’t name your company. Entries for groups are allowed, as well.
  • A brief description—less than two hundred words—of the chaos. Bonus points for horror stories.

Entries are due by Wednesday, February 10. Finalists will be announced the following Wednesday. (Hump days, ya know.)
Before submitting an entry, please also make sure to review the more formalized terms and conditions that govern the contest.


There are three prizes: the grand prize is a whole bunch of Fellowes office organization and productivity products (like a document shredder, laminator, file holders, letter trays, and a lot more), worth a total of $1,480. The second-prize winner gets a similar, but smaller, prize pack, worth a total of $892. The third-prize winner gets a smaller pack valued at $532. We shouldn’t have to tell you that the ability to laminate absolutely anything you please should be a pretty big incentive to get in on this.