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People Always Ask…What Do I Do with My Office Supplies?

In addition to being a Professional Organizer, I also teach organizing courses and people always ask me "what do I do with my office supplies?" Listed below is my recommendation; however, if you live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area you can register for my always sold-out Organize Your Office (2/28) course via this link  https://registration.arlingtonadulted.org/ShowSchedule.awp?&Search=INSTRUCTOR&Target=MDAwMDAwMDAwMjA3&Title=Courses%20Taught%20by%20Heather%20Cocozza
At your desk you should only keep items that you use on a regular basis.  Your office desk is not for long-term storage.  If you go to Staples or Office Depot and buy a five pack of staples, you should not keep all five boxes of staples in your desk drawer.  At least four of those boxes would be taking up value desk space for things that you use on a more regular basis.
Split your office supplies into two categories:  basic office supplies and bulk office supplies.  Basic office supplies are the items you use on a weekly basis: a small amount of binder clips, one roll of tape, one pack (at max) of staples, two sticky pads, a couple of pens, a couple of pencils, etc.  Bulk office supplies are the other 15 sticky pads, 9 pads of 8 ½" x 11" lined notepaper, 6 rolls of tape, 12 yellow highlighters, etc.
Basic office supplies can be stored at your desk and bulk office supplies should be stored in a supply closet, a supply cabinet or a shelf that is not within arm's length of your desk.  There are lots of containers on the market that can neatly hold your bulk office supplies on a shelf.

posted on: 2/4/2008 8:30:00 AM by Heather Cocozza
category: Business

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Heather Cocozza, PMP, CPO® is a Professional Organizer who organizes and designs tailored home and office solutions. She is on the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)-WDC Board of Directors 2009-2010 and is the owner of Cocozza Organizing & Design, LLC. Prior to her organizing career, Heather Cocozza worked 13 years at IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers as an ERP Project Manager and at times traveled extensively while her "virtual" twins were between the ages of 0 to 3.

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