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Overcoming a Bulk Office Supply Issue

This issue is most commonly found in a home office. Take a quick inventory of how many large boxes of filing supplies you have.  This could be the box of Staples hanging files, the box of Smead manila folders, the box of Pendaflex colored file folders, etc.  I bet you have between 7 and 12 boxes.
You probably have them either stored in a file drawer, taking up value space where you should be storing and filing the papers sitting on your desk, or you have them stacked on top of each other four layers high.  If you have those stacked 4 layers high, how convenient is it to access the box on the bottom of the stack?
The simple solution is to purchase a set of plastic drawers which can sit on a bookshelf.  Assign each box of file supplies to a separate drawer.  You will no longer have to un-stack 3, 4, or 5 levels of boxes (a hassle) to get what you need.   Also, the multitude of different colored boxes is visually stressful.  The plastic drawers are usually slightly frosted, muting the colors and providing a calm appearance.
Two inexpensive drawer sets:
  • Target  3 plastic drawers set with white trim $12.00
  • Staples 3 plastic drawers set with black trim $7.99

If you're in the Washington DC area and looking for more office solutions, register for my October 27th Organize Your Office & Control the Paper course:   http://cocozzaorgdesign.com/organizingclasses.html

posted on: 10/6/2008 8:30:00 AM by Heather Cocozza
category: Business

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by American Folder Company on 10/7/2008 8:46:53 AM:

Nice Article, But truly another way to save on office supplies is to seek out what your looking for and buy that item from a manufacture direct. This will save you big since you will not going have to then pay a retailers markup. Case in point-I was shopping for file folders and came across a company named AmericanFolder.Com They are an great source since unlike other that sell everything else AmericanFolder.Com just sell folders and the prices I found were very low, plus no matter the size of the order they will ship it for free. So Yes I agree that a superstore can save you time, but the money savings is seeking out manufactures that sell their items direct.

by Heather Cocozza on 10/7/2008 7:46:54 PM:

Agreed! While these are good prices for plastic drawers, the challenge is that both of these items are not regular stock item. You cannot find these plastic drawers on the internet web site of either company. You can only buy them in the store when the companies happen to have them in stock. If you know of a manufacture where we can buy these plastic drawers direct for a good price, I'd be happy to pass that information along.

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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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