Friday, February 1, 2013

Do you ever say, “Where is the _________?”  If you are like most of us, you've said it at least once in your life. 

If this happens to you more frequently than you’d like, consider that you are not storing things in places that are logical to you.  You are not storing things at or near the point where they are going to be used.

When trying to decide where to store an item, think about where you plan to use the item.  For example, a stapler is usually used on a desk, with papers.  The stapler should be stored near the desk, or near the papers. 

A stapler is perhaps an obvious item.  Lets take, for example, an address list of members of an organization you belong to.  Consider how frequently you need to access this list.  If you need to access it frequently, it should be stored next to you, perhaps in your desk file drawer.  If you need it infrequently, consider storing it in your filing system under “people.”

Books should be stored on a bookshelf.  Sounds obvious?  You’d be surprised how many people have books stored off of a bookshelf (look around your own office).  Papers should be stored in a file cabinet or file crate.  Office supplies should be stored in or near your desk. 

Things that cannot be stored near where they are used, should be stored together.  For example, extra reams of paper do not have to be stored next to the copier, but if not, all “not immediately needed” paper supplies should be stored together in another location.


1. Think first about where you want to be able to find an item... then put it in that place.

2. Store things at or near the point where they are going to be used.

Have a terrific day!

Marsha Sims

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