Organize with style

Tuesday, July 01, 2008
By Lourdes Regala

Wearing a great suit and shoes is not the only thing that gets you noticed in the office today. According to a national survey by Staples, the office superstore, 55% of the workers interviewed said they’ve gained attention by having stylish office supplies. Your workspace can reveal a lot about your personality. Who better to help Staples launch their M by Staples collection than Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Organizer Plain and Simple.

Donna Smallin

“Matching office/desk accessories makes you more productive and you’re 80% more productive when you’re organized.” M by Staples, which stands for “My Style. My Way” provides matching office supplies, from paper clips, pens and journals to file folders for organization and personal style.

Fashionable office products can perk up a mundane office, express your personality and increase productivity. “Ninety percent of organizing is getting out of your own way.” Donna shares her tips to help you arrange your workspace at the office or at home.

Donna Smallin - M by Staples Organization Seminar

Organize your workspace. Your desk is your prime real estate, which includes the desktop, nearby drawers, and filing cabinets. Completely clear off your desk, then put back only the items you use daily. Find a new home for everything else. Office supplies like sticky notes, ink cartridges and paper can be kept in a closet or cabinet drawer. Keep folders nearby so project folders can be created quickly and easily.

Organize work flow. Piles of paperwork not filed? Label file folders to describe piles. Then, tuck half of the folder under the bottom of the pile so that the label side stands up to identify the contents of the pile. Use folders to also group similar tasks together like phone calls, correspondence, or errands.

M by Staples is available at Staples Stores and at

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