Office Storage Buying Guide
This office storage guide lays out the basics of organization so that you'll feel better in your workspace. If you have an office, you know that things can get messy pretty quickly. Between files, pens, folders, post-it notes, and pictures of your pet salamander, you can quickly run out of workspace without even trying. Our Office Storage Guide will get you on the track to a cleaner and neater office by giving each item on your desk an appropriate little home. We'll give you the rundown from file cabinets to pencil holders to make sure your office has the exact storage it needs.
Cabinet or Shelf?
Let's start with the big stuff. Cabinets and shelves remove the biggest culprits of office clutter like files, papers, and books by getting them out of the way. The choice you'll have to make is: shelves or cabinets?
- Easy access
- Nifty designs
- Really good for books
- Everything's on display
- Not good for loose papers
- Great for files
- Lock options
- Conceal sensitive info
- Designs aren't so great
- Usually Bulky
Vertical vs. Lateral File Storage
Stack on top of each other, and files go from front to back. Ideal for narrow spaces and chronological filing.
Wider filing cabinets where files go side to side. Ideal for quick sorting, more files, and document retrieval.
File Storage Additions
Single Point Lock:
Only locks in one place, usually where the key is.
Locks in three places, usually on the top, bottom, and where the key is. Triple the security.
Rolling wheels that make filing cabinets portable.
Don't sweat the small stuff
Einstein said, "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"
Don't take this the wrong way, but you're no Einstein. That's why keeping a clean and well organized workspace will make you happy, you'll work better, and you'll see your efficiency go up.
Utensil Holders: Keep pencils and pens on-hand and ready to go with a utensil holder.