Spring cleaning is back with office organizing guru, Holly Bohn of See Jane Work! Holly walks us through quick tips to start Summer off right!
Spring is an important time get your office and work life in order. Once summer hits, the office can become short-staffed with various people out on vacations. More importantly, if you plan to take a vacation you’ll need to be organized to avoid getting a million emails and phone calls in your absence. I spent the majority of one vacation in the hotel room on my computer and vowed never to do that again. Getting organized now means that I will have more time to spend the summer outdoors, with family and friends.
Here are some ways to get organized in the office:
· Make sure your filing is up-to-date and clearly labeled. For current projects use a desktop file box with hanging files. While you are out of the office a coworker will be able to easily find the information they are looking for, they can even transport the box to their desk or office for the week.
· Use Project Envelopes to organize temporary projects. Labeling can be as simple as a sticky note. This can bring instant order to your desk with very little effort.
· Clean out your desk drawer and/or pencil cup. Get rid of the chewed up pencils, pens missing caps. It’s really simple and can have a big impact. A new pencil cup filled with colorful felt pens or matching pencils can make a desk look “done.”
Here are some ways to get organized at home:
· Bungalow Collapsible Bin packed with picnic or beach supplies ready to go. When the weather is right you can throw it in your car and hit the road. It can even be used as a table or extra seating.
· I also keep a Bungalow bin near the front door. Once flip-flop season hits it I end up with huge piles near the front door. Not sure how the kids leave without shoes. I just throw them all in the bin.
· Pack away unnecessary items. It may take a day, but your closet will be much easier to navigate if your cashmere sweaters and heavy wool coats and being stored elsewhere.
· While you are organizing your closet, try on your spring/summer clothes. Get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, because of all that weight you lost over the holidays, or anything that is stained or damaged. Do the same for your winter clothes as you pack them away. I keep a canvas LL Bean bag embroidered with the words “Donate” hanging from a hook in my closet. When I’m rushing to get ready in the morning and I get frustrated because something is stained or stretched out or has a hole or whatever it goes straight into the Donate bag. Monthly I make a trip to the thrift store to empty it.
I like to spend spring weekends outside. Whether I’m watching my kids toss the football, swim in the pool or ride bikes if I can be outdoors I’m happy!