Habitat for Humanity – Temecula Office Make-over
Organized Beautifully make-over at Habitat for Humanity in Temecula by Professional Organizer, Thalia Poulos.
In the thriving community of Temecula, known as southern California’s wine country, is the office of Habitat for Humanity and its ReStore where items are accepted as donations and resold to help fund Habitat’s many housing programs.
Referencing an interpretation of the African proverb, “It takes a Village”, Habitat for Humanity reaches out to the community to make it a better place. They give so much back to their village. The ReStore is super organized and the shoppers can easily find whatever they’re seeking. I’ve always commented on every time I take my clients’ donations there. Things are grouped well, you can see everything, the inventory is always new.
In the office, they are blessed with a great space for their office. Blessed in the sense that it’s a huge office; however, a huge office can become a dumping ground when the policy is “Open Door”. The largest office in the building ended up being the catch-all for anything that didn’t have a designated spot. The office is shared by staff members who are quite organized. They are Triangle Organizing Personality Styles so they have a natural intuition about how to organize. They like some pretty things out, but prefer things behind doors, in file cabinets and tucked away. That’s the trait of “Visual” organizing personality styles. They want it pretty!
It’s the other folks who work there who are the culprits causing this office to get out of control. That can be an issue when you’re sharing office space. One must draw the line!
So, with a team of four of us, we all rolled up our sleeves, purged massively, grouped like-king items, used the ample office filing cabinets to “go vertical”, used my trusty Brother P-Touch labeler and even created a mini-sanctuary at the area in front of the window.
Anything that wasn’t an integral part of day-to-day business is out of there.
We created a place for everything, including what was in those boxes on the floor, removed the clutter, donated mountains of items to — guess where — creating a harmonious office space where these very special employees and volunteers can thrive.
All we need now is a nice-looking, deep shelving unit with doors — and, when that shows up from a kind donor, we’ll be finished! That’s for “special projects” that inevitable emerge for various fund-raising campaigns. And, that’s a good thing for Temecula! Those items will not end up on the floor creating blockages ever again.