In order to create appropriate storage for all of CL's office supplies, I suggested we modify some existing storage units to make them more functional and then relocate them to to a more central location for staff. Because we were operating on a $0 budget, time was graciously donated by a local and very skilled carpenter to make this happen. He actually cut and removed several counters/shelves that had been adhered to the wall, repositioned them elsewhere, and then even refinished them so they looked great!
Plans were also set in motion to create a Resource Center in CL's smallest and coziest conference room. The RC would serve multiple purposes:
1. become a place where staff and guests could find great books to use for reference or pleasure
2. declutter individual workspaces where books seemed to be covering valuable desktop and floor space
3. provide a space for hardworking staffers to go when they wanted to step away from their desks for a few minutes.
Each staff member was asked to collect books they already read or didn't plan to read and donate them to the RC for others to enjoy. Boxes soon filled up with a great variety of reading and reference materials. You'll see the end result in a future post.
As London and I moved around the office, editor David Warner stopped us to find out what we were doing. I had the opportunity to tell him we were reducing clutter, creating space, and greening up the office. Those words really sparked his interest and he asked me if I could give his personal workspace some attention. We walked over to his area and that's when I found IT. IT was an antique. IT was a Webster's dictionary - a very tattered and torn Webster's dictionary (click on the video below to see IT)! There were also lots of papers, books, and CL issues randomly scattered about. We got started sorting and purging paper, carefully removing paper clips from any paper to be recycled as we went along. I have to say that David went with the flow and followed the 4 Rs mantra with me (Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle). His files got a makeover and folders for to-do's, to call, and current projects were created and placed on a file sorter on his desktop for easy access. See his newly organized workspace and the historic "Tampa Wall" we created in his workspace in future post. His space was completely transformed and became much more functional.
Here's the video for this phase of the makeover - check it out and check back in soon - there's much more to come!
Make today a Green Day!
Lisa Assetta, Office Assistance Plus, Your Green Office Specialist
Green Office Makeovers, Office Organizing, Virtual Assistance
I'm back to tell you that some serious clutter sorting, purging, and space-clearing began at the CL offices as we continue their green office makeover. Everything in the mail center, sales counter, and reception desk was evaluated and paper, supplies, and items that didn't get used or add functionality were either recycled, donated, or discarded. Storage units, filing cabinets, and bins that didn't serve a purpose in their current space were moved to a "staging area" we set up in the back of the office to be "repurposed" somewhere else later.
Next, we began to clear space in the lobby to make room for the "very special something" for the community that I referred to in my first CL green makeover post . The half-empty wire bins in the lobby were disassembled and a simple, two-level rack to hold issues of CL was placed in a corner of the lobby next to the sofa, making the current issue easy to find and read! A table and bulletin board were also added to the space. You'll want to know what this area is going to be used for, so stay tuned!
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