I recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and it’s really changed the way I think about the items I own, what I chose to keep, and how I store them. Not only was I in undergrad for 8 years because I did it part time while working, but I then went on to be self employed for years. As you can imagine, my office supply stash was pretty legit. 😉
I now work full time, have a small child with another on the way, and rarely find myself reaching for some of the supplies that used to be daily essentials for me. I didn’t want to be without a paper clip or binder clip in the event of a paper emergency, so I knew I had to keep some of these things.
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Just like the method in the book, I grouped together like items and decided what I would likely reach for again. This part was hard because I tend to be someone who makes excuses or justifies, so I had to be really honest with myself about what I would likely use in the next 30-60 days, and assure myself having to spend another $1.99 in the event I got rid of too much, wouldn’t break the bank.
Once I landed on my final piles, I started brainstorming storage solutions. As someone who tends to buy way more than I need in the world of organizing projects, I can’t stress this enough. Sort first, then figure out the storage solution. Otherwise you are limited how you organize to the functionality of the organizer. This should be the other way around! You’ll save yourself wasted time and unnecessary products. In this case, I found a small tackle box (similar) would be the perfect storage solution.
How do you organize your office supplies?
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