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More Stuff Then Storage
One of the main causes for disorganization is you have more stuff then storage units. Storage units are drawers, shelves and closet rods. The way to resolve this problem is 1) Let go of the stuff or 2) Get more storage units.
Let Go of the Stuff
Let go by sorting and purging the paper and other office items. This includes determining what can be "archived." Archived papers are rarely ever referenced, but should be kept for legal or historical value purposes. In a home office they should be placed in an attic or top shelf of a closet. At a commercial location, place work in the company's archived file area.
More Storage Units
If you have papers, books, or supplies on the floor, and your current drawers and shelves are full, then consider additional storage units. If you have a home office, it is not uncommon to have 3 to 5 file drawers of file.
For books, reference material, and even extra office supplies, place items on shelves next to the desk. If your desk faces into the center of the room, consider shelves behind the desk. You can also go vertical by adding shelving above the desk on the wall. See The Container Store for a great picture of a simple solution.
For more space planning ideas for your office, consider attending the course Organize Your Office & Control the Paper.
posted on: 2/1/2010 8:30:00 AM by Heather Cocozza
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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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