WoodWorx Desktop Organizers. Your desk’s new best friend.

Not too many of us have wall-to-wall desk space that we simply don’t know how to fill. Few of us sit around on a slow afternoon and wonder, “Gee, I bet a plant would look great right next to my file folders. Or how about that three-tiered waterfall I got for my birthday?” More likely, most of us are struggling with our space on a daily basis. Things we need are crammed into corners and folders and boxes and drawers in the hopes that we’ll be able to find them when we really need them. Other things that we use regularly are stuffed into whatever crannies still exists after we’ve stacked the paperwork and stuck the sticky notes. What’s a stressed out desk-sitter to do? For starters, stop thinking desk and start thinking vertical. And then check out the cool WoodWorx pieces that can take your space from “Argh!” to “Ahhh…” almost instantly. We could swoon over WoodWorx all day but today we’re going to tell you about two of its most awesome features. Awesome feature 1: It’s a furniture-quality storage and organization system No more wire mesh containers stacked on your lovely desk, no more scratched and cheap-looking plastic trays, or cubes with billions of dusty nooks. WoodWorx is a class act. It’s built like furniture and looks like furniture, so your space can stop looking like a warehouse in someone’s office supply store and start looking like a warm and friendly place to be. WoodWorx comes in a bunch of snazzy colors that will fit your decor whether it’s warm cozy cherry, sharp executive black, or crisp...

I hate manilla folders

I know it may seem like a strong reaction to something so innocuous but manilla folders, to me, are insidious enough that I really, really don’t like them. I’m an office products geek – I’m proud of that, too. I write with nice pens, I use quality paper, I like my office to be setup so that I don’t have think about where something is when I need it. Consequently, I don’t use manilla folders. “Come on, now”, you may be saying to yourself, “Are they really THAT bad?”  Yes, they are.   They rip. They look dirty. They look used (and many times they are – over and over again). They all look the same. Oh sure, I can use color file labels to delineate them but that’s treating a symptom, not providing a cure. I need folders – I not only use them for filing but I use them as the presentation folder for handouts and I can tell you that I absolutely, unequivocally love Ultimate Office’s PocketFile™ Project Files.   $19.95 for 25 multi-color pocket folders that I can re-use, clean with a window cleaner between uses, visibly see what’s in the folder and make a statement with my own presentations is well worth every dime.  (My first packet of pocket folders has lasted me 3 years and that’s with several office moves, a few home transitions and every day use.) The multi-color isn’t just pretty, it’s functional for filing – whether you’re analytical or creative (translated to organized or messy)  – you still understand color and the fact that the folders are clear allows me –...

Scoot on Over

Recently, I decided to rent an office space – which I’m calling a nerdspace.  I didn’t want the usual look – I wanted something industrial but not warehouse looking, something that said, “Cool” without breaking the bank.   How do you search for that?  How do you explain that?  It’s as functional as it is emotional.  First stop – Ultimate Office! How do they know?  How do they always have what I think doesn’t exist or at least doesn’t exist on my budget?    The  Scoot Collection really piqued my interest.  It was exactly what I wanted, form, function, industrial and affordable.  And, don’t be so imagination-less that you’re thinking, “I don’t need a bookcase.”  This three-tier bookshelf if tall and the top shelf can be used as a work, sorting area.  I store reams of paper on mine – the shelves don’t bow, either. Check out the collection, here, it’s sleek, versatile, industrial without being clunky.       Share...

All in a Day’s Work

An office is much like a relationship — demanding, changing, challenging — the information flow never seems to stop:  paper in/paper out, filing, email, phone, fax.  And, that goes for a business office or a home office. I’ve worked in fast paced offices and am now very thankful to be working out of a home office but I’ve maintained my habit of declutter and organization and I think it is especially important from a home office.   Why?  Well, I don’t want to file socks in a client’s business folder or have the dog eat my proposal.  But, the real reason (at least for me)  is because there is no physical separation from home and home office.  You can be in a room dedicated to your business but it is still in your home, so the essential thing is to be organized and not cluttered and to really simplify the process.  I learned to simplify when working at a management consulting firm in NYC and I’ve brought those habits to my home office (minus the commute).   It really is about working smarter and saving some time for yourself. So here are a couple of  things that have saved me from filing socks and saving business proposals from the jaws of my chihuahua: FILING I hate to file but I’ve learned that I have to there’s no way around it.  I use Off-The-Desk-Organizers, Portafile Boxes and PocketFiles for closed projects, receipts, and just about everything else.  I can easily label the boxes and put them into my shelving unit.  Both products are durable and they can be wiped down. PRIORITIZE Time management...

The Desk I Left Behind

On my drive into work today I was riddled with anxiety about what I had to do today and what I’d left behind.  Anything missed will have an impact on systems and processes.   Today, more than any other day, is about dependencies, about handing off perfection to the next person who builds on that has to hand off their own perfection to accounting. I tried to get everything finished but some things just had to wait.  Before I left on Friday, I organized. In my reference organizer was not only my to-do’s but my how-to-do’s.  My stationmate with pocketfiles, allowed me to visualize each of the tasks for today.  And at the end of the day, when everything is completed, my files will be placed in color coded PortaFile File Boxes, just ready for the asking. I am not always this organized but it’s a good start to end an old job, I think. Share...