By Grainger Editorial Staff 6/2/20
Most of us have some kind of inventory to manage. On the job it’s a tool crib, workshop or maintenance supply closet. At home you might have junk drawers, maybe a kitchen pantry, or a workshop in your garage. And when it’s time to relax? There's an inventory there too. For example, when's the last time you organized your tackle box? When it comes to these day-to-day inventories, we all have our own strategies for keeping our stuff under control. Here are some helpful tips for eight everyday inventories.
It’s easy for a tackle box to get disorganized. After a successful day of fishing, putting everything back where it belongs is not always a top priority. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Here are some tips for keeping a tackle box more organized.
Your toolbox is yours. It's personal. So instead of telling you how to organize it, here are a couple handy tips to think about the next time you purchase a new toolbox or just want to reorganize your current one.
Do you operate a fleet of service vehicles? If so, you already have your hands full managing several inventories coming and going all day. Government Fleet offers several benefits to standardizing your fleet from vehicle to vehicle, including lowering overall costs. Here are some tips for fleet management.
Centralized tool cribs are common, and often necessary when you have to stock a wide variety of items in large quantities. If your tool crib serves a large space, for example, a manufacturing floor, that space is often divided up by function.
Create smaller tool cribs with smaller inventories specific for designated areas where they are used the most. This keeps essential tools and supplies close to the task, which cuts down the back-and-forth traffic from workstations to a centralized tool crib, and improves worker productivity.
Large, commercial kitchens are typically divided by zones dedicated to specific tasks, such as prepping, frying, baking and plating. The implements needed for these tasks are stored within easy reach so kitchen staff don't have to leave their stations. You can apply similar principles to smaller kitchens and even a home kitchen.
The home garage typically does some heavy lifting when it comes to storage. There's a lot of inventory in a typical home garage. On top of the fact that it's used for cars, people depend on garage space for sports equipment and toys, lawn and gardening tools and equipment and pretty much anything that either they don't want in the house or which doesn't fit. It's no wonder garages can get cluttered and messy.
Your pantry inventory changes throughout the year, with different menus, seasonal spices, foods and so forth. So whether you’re organizing a pantry for a commercial kitchen or one at home, here are some tips for doing it more efficiently.
Just like the garage, the first step to getting your workshop organized is getting everything off the floor. There's bound to be stuff you don't use very often, but still want to keep on hand. Get it all out of the way with sturdy bins that you can label. If you haven't already done it, you'll need to create shelving. Whether against a wall or hanging from the ceiling, shelving can be done easily and inexpensively.
How you manage the many inventories you use in your daily and professional life has a lot to do with how efficiently you manage a wide variety of tasks. Getting these areas de-cluttered and organized is not only satisfying, it can make work a lot easier too.
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