office organizing q & A
our professional organizers are answering your office organizing questions
HOW CAN I CONCEAL THE MESS OF CORDS BEHIND OUR TV?
Using zip ties or Velcro, bind all of your cords together into one bundle, and once bound together, wrap the entire bundle in a cord cover. To further conceal your bundle of cords, match your cord cover to your paint color.
I’M ALWAYS FORGETTING APPOINTMENTS— ANY TIPS FOR ORGANIZING MY CALENDAR?
When setting up your calendar, create and implement a reminder system. If you use a paper calendar, write important appointments in a different, standout color, or if you use an electronic calendar, set a reminder before an easily forgotten event a day, or an hour, before.
I’VE NEGLECTED MY GROWING STACKS OF PAPERWORK FOR YEARS AND DESPERATELY NEED TO DEAL WITH IT— WHERE SHOULD I START?
First, categorize your paperwork into active and inactive. Active paperwork includes the things you’re in the midst of, and those things you still need to reference— things like a current sports schedule or a prescription you need to fill. Inactive paperwork includes the things you need to keep, but don’t need to reference— things like tax returns and medical records. Next, determine where each category will live, and purchase needed organizing products. From there, tweak your system so that it easily fits into your life and requires little effort and maintenance.
WHERE CAN I FIND CHIC OFFICE ACCESSORIES?
Poppin is one of our favorite resources for organizing products, especially for the office! They sell brightly colored, simple office accessories in beautiful, glossy finishes. We also love Rifle Paper Co, Paper Source, and The Container Store.
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS TO BETTER HANDLE DAILY MAIL?
The first step is to catch up on your backlogged mail. The second step is to implement systems that will make dealing with your mail simple and straightforward. For example, a system may be using a wall organizer to store your categorized mail until you have time to open and deal with it. Another tip from our organizers is to immediately toss junk mail and to add your name to an online list that blocks all catalogs and junk mail.
WHAT PAPERWORK SHOULD I STORE LONG TERM?
Only keep documents that you need to reference. Before filing anything away, force yourself to define the logical, reasonable situation where you’d need to reference the particular document. Papers that should be kept include medical records, tax returns, receipts for large purchases, and large purchase warranties.