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A Lean and Clean Office Supply Closet

April 5th, 2014

Professional organizer vancouver bc lean and mean office closet

When I roll up my sleeves up after being called in to help professionally organize an office, the doors of the office supply closet fly open and I always see one overarching theme. Options, options and more options!

Colourful patterned file folders, 20 types of pens, every style of stapler, eraser and paper clip alongside 17 varieties of sticky notes. Yes, it’s a valiant attempt to make office supplies fun, but maintaining this many options takes a lot of time and a lot of space.

Business owners often don’t take the time to ask, why do we have all these options and what does it cost us? Yes, you’re kindly accommodating the quirks of different employees but in a very expensive way. It takes time to maintain, time to order and the space needed to stock. So, really, why are you offering so many options?

I say culling your supply closet can be liberating and it challenges you to find more efficient ways to get organized. Say you decide to have just one colour of file folder in one size. Perfect. You can still use colour coded labels (saving a lot of space and time in ordering and stocking). This one choice can save three shelves in your supply closet and makes re-ordering a snap.

A supply closet shouldn’t look like a Staples catalogue. It doesn’t have to be bare and boring either. If you limit each product to a maximum of three options, you can keep the office lean, simplified and reduce the efforts necessary to stock and maintain. On top of the financial savings, your whole office will appear streamlined and clutter-free as well.

As a professional organizer I have a unique perspective on what helps an office run smoothly. Ensuring your office supply closet is in order is a simple way to make your office an efficient and money-saving workplace. Join me this month on my website for weekly Blog Posts with ideas and tips for keeping that all-important office space maintained and organized. Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook for more decluttering tips and elegant advice for organizing your home, office, and your life.

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