Angela Ploetz

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Office Organizing: Part 1 – Supply Storage

by Angela On February 1, 2012

The picture above from Better Homes and Gardens is one of my favorite office pictures. Besides the aesthetics, there are a lot of things this office has going for it, but we’ll talk about some of those things later.  Now that the swirl of holidays and resolutions is over and the made tax season rush has not quite hit us February is the perfect time to get your office organized and in order.  In fact February is National Archive Your Files Month…Hooray!!!???  Okay… so maybe National Archive Your Files Month does not excite you, but I’m going to share some tips and inspiration to help make your office a beauty in organization.

When I walk into someone’s office for the first time and I ask them to tell me what’s going on they often start listing off things like how they can’t find anything from an important document to a pen to write with, they are missing deadlines/bills, they hate the way it looks and makes them feel, and they just don’t know where to start.  So over the next several weeks I will be posting on the 7 Essentials to an Organized Office.

Supply Storage
The first Office Organizing Essential is- Supply Storage.  As you can see in the pictures above using containers of similar colors, patterns, or texture will help bring a cohesive feel to your space.  Having enough storage for your supplies will keep them from floating around your desk or office and give your items a place to call home when you have finished using them.  So before you go gather up a fresh supply of containers here are some things to consider.

To see or not to see, that is the question?  Many visual people say if it’s out of sight it’s out of mind, so keep that in mind when you are trying to find the right container.  If you want to be able to see what is inside a box on a shelf you may want to look for clear containers or even containers made from wire or a woven fabric that allows some visibility like the container below from Pottery Barn.


On the contrary, clear containers can be very distracting to the eye because you ALWAYS are looking at what is inside the container, so consider your choices wisely.   If you are storing things inside a closet, then using a clear storage container might be a better idea for you.

Labels.  Just as important as the container you use is the label.  If you don’t label containers the chances are that you are going to forget what you put inside.  So add a label and remember you can make if fun and beautiful.  You can keep it simple and neat with a label maker or and a more fun and stylish touch like the one below that I did for my pantry.

Lids up or lids down?  Lids may be easy enough to open, but for some people that may be the one thing that keeps you from putting something away.  So think about your own habits when organizing your space.  If you know having a lid on a container will keep you from putting something away or taking it out then don’t use the lid or look for a basket instead of a box.  In the photo below from West Elm you can see example of using boxes without lids in an office.

Now you have a few guidelines to help you gather up all those random supplies in your office.  Good luck and let me know if you find any really cool containers, I just love them!  See you next week when we talk about Office Organizing Essentials Part 2!


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