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My secret office organization tip – Sharpies and tape

If you’re still practicing to be OCD, here is a secret I don’t typically share with anyone, but I’m willing to share with you today…

If you're still practicing to be OCD, here is a secret I don't typically share with anyone, but I'm willing to share with you today...

Keeping organized

I used to be obsessed with the P-touch machine. I labeled everything. Drawers, shelves, folders, canisters, and anything that I could think of putting a label on.

But the label makers weren’t as pretty as my own handwriting and didn’t come in every color a Sharpie does, so I got the brilliant idea one day to write in light blue sharpie in my beautiful handwriting on clear tape, placed neatly on the shelves in the pantry. Visitors thought I had written on the cabinets, “what if you have to move things?” they asked. “It’s just tape, look!” I said as if I was performing a complicated magic trick.

Not just shelves!

It’s great to use this tip on files and folders so you can reuse them (especially if you have custom files or designer files), on drawers at the bottom of each section where pens and tape goes, and especially in the break room.

No more label maker, no more refill cartridges and no more mess, especially someone else’s mess! Trust me, this is an OCD person’s dream organizing tip!

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Jamie Wilson

    April 25, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Love this we'd love to see pictures!! :–()

    • Lani Rosales

      April 25, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Cool! I'll post some here in comments this afternoon! 🙂

  2. Molly

    April 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I LOVE a sharpie and a great reason for me to go out and buy me some!

    Thanks Lani (you always got my back)

    • Lani Rosales

      April 25, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Molly, you KNOW it! Any excuse to buy rainbow Sharpies is good in my book! 🙂

  3. Jennifer Klaussen

    January 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    yes we want PICS – I <3 sharpies!!

  4. Lake Texoma Realtor

    January 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Love it! I'm going to go buy lots of different colored sharpies!!

  5. Jennifer Rathbun

    January 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I have a Post-It note addiction for the same reason. They come tape now. And sticky on the whole back. And every shape imaginable. And bookmarks. And work great with Sharpies! And lots of colors! And… Of course, now I can see using your idea too for a cleaner look! Hope all is well, Lani!

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