Assign someone the task of sorting through existing office supplies. Clear space in the supply closet, making enough room so that nothing will be hidden from view or difficult to access. Consider using bins, containers and organizers to hold small items. You can use everyday items for storage, such as cups for pens and pencils, or purchase optimally sized containers from an office supplies store. Label containers to help keep your space organized. Create a logical arrangement for your supplies, as space allows. For example, desktop items can be on one shelf, printer supplies on another and presentation supplies on a third. Use alternative storage areas when appropriate. For example, keep reams of paper near printers and fax machines rather than in the supply closet. Similarly, cleaning supplies can be stored under a sink or in a utility area. Click here for GOS”s selection of storage bins.
Order any initial supplies that are missing or running low so you can start with a well-stocked supply closet. Create a simple system for resupply. For example, post a clipboard with your supplies list and ask staff to check items off as supplies are low. You can also designate a single person to keep track of supplies and reorder when needed.