No matter how often you clean your desk, do you always seem to have stacks of papers and folders sprawled out? What about filing cabinets that never close because of documents spilling over the drawers?
The truth is, you don’t have to work in a constant mess; using a blueprint storage rack can save you the time and trouble in searching for those cluttered documents. This is but one way you know it’s time to get a blueprint storage rack.
With a blueprint storage rack, you can easily thumb through oversized files, artwork, blueprints, documents, and more.
That being said, read on to find out when you need to use one in your office!
1. You Continue to Ask Questions
Where’s your son’s drawing he made you in first grade? You’re not sure when was the last time you saw your company policy folder—you know you’ll need to bring that to your annual meeting. What about that report you were about to submit?
Questions about next steps for your project, brainstorming ways to improve the company culture—these are questions you don’t need to be worrying about.
It is when you starting asking questions like the above when you know you may need to get your office more organized.
Especially if you find yourself constantly asking questions about documents, it may be time to get a blueprint storage rack.
That way, you can quickly hang up your son’s first-grade drawing, company policy folder, and report. Within a couple of minutes, you’ve found the report you need to turn in. And, when that annual meeting comes, you’ll know exactly where your company policy folder is.
2. It Takes You More Than 10 Minutes to Find Documents
(This is along the lines of #1.) Not only are you asking yourself questions about where you last put insert-document-name but it is taking you 10 minutes and longer to find what you’re looking for.
According to Daily Mail, we lose roughly 9 items in a single day, which adds up to 198,743 throughout your life.
As you might not be surprised, paperwork stands at the fourth most frequently lost item (with your cell phone and keys taking first and second place). 
In the end, it takes about ten minutes to find our misplaced items. What this shows is that you’re not alone when you misplaced your binder at the office or need a minute or two (or ten) to search for your keys.
However, just because this is normal doesn’t mean you have to waste 10 minutes (or more) looking for something when you don’t have to. This is when a blueprint storage rack comes into play.
Why not take note of the most common items you misplace and make sure you hang those up on the rack? That way, your blueprint storage rack can be the first place you go to should you not be able to find something. And, if you stick to this rule, most likely you’ll find what you’re looking for in nothing flat.
3. You May Have Been Passed for a Promotion
You’ve worked at the company for yours; let’s face it, you’ve put in your time. But when push comes to shove, you are passed up for that promotion repeatedly.
While there may be several reasons why this is the case, interestingly enough, your messy desk may be holding you back.
As the OC Register states, a survey shows revealed that 28% of bosses were not as likely to promote someone whose desk was disorganized.
Meanwhile, more than 38% stated that a stack of papers negatively affected their perception of the employee.
What this shows is that if you want that promotion, you may need to make more of a consistent effort in being more organized. In which case, the blueprint storage rack can help.
4. Co-Workers Judge You
Speaking of company culture, your co-workers may make judgment calls based on your disorganization.
Similar to your boss’ perception, a study polling 1,000 workers indicated that more than half (57%) judged their coworker based on the cleanliness (or dirtiness) of his or her desk.
Nearly 50% of employees considered a very messy desk appalling and thought the coworker was lazy.
If you see coworkers scowling or walking quickly by your desk, this may be the case. (However, it could very well be something else.)
In this sense, judgment or not, it may be time to utilize the blueprint storage desk to get that clutter under control.
5. You are Stressed
Yes, other factors other than a messy desk may be a reason for why you are stressed at work. Upcoming deadlines and that conference call next week could be two of them.
However, a messy workspace does not help. In fact, it can add to the stress. The reason being, it takes your brain longer to process the clutter versus if the items were neat and organized.
(Speaking of which, consider reading “The Power of the Organized Workspace (and How Blueprint Storage Systems Helps)”).
So, in order to give your brain a break, tidy up your desk and incorporate that blueprint storage rack into your office to get those papers organized and off the ground.
6. You Stay at Work Longer
Again, there could be a number of reasons why you are clocking out late. However, messiness may be an unforeseen reason why this keeps happening.
Remember when we told you it takes ten minutes to locate misplaced items? Well, that time that could have gone into that report was spent looking for your project folder. Which meant that you had to stay longer in order to finish it.
You may want to grab that blueprint storage rack to help you with those lost items and, because of this, you’ll spend less time at your office and more time at home.
This can help solidify a consistent routine and help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.
7. You are Tempted to Toss Semi-Important Documents Out
While it is up to you what you want to toss and keep, there is another solution than spending a day sorting through paperwork.
Why not use a blueprint storage rack, which can hold hundreds of blueprints, artwork, oversized files, documents, and more.
That way, you don’t have to decide which important document is less important. And, should that day come where you need to use that one folder you seldom open, you’ll be glad you saved it instead of discarding it—along with the rest of the not so relevant documents.
Final Thoughts: Blueprint Storage Rack is One Step in the Right Direction
A blueprint storage rack can help you get clutter off of your desk. In doing so, you may just get that promotion, co-working may think you’re not lazy (which we already know), you won’t have to deal with mess-related stress, or toss documents away you may not have wanted to. This and more.
What other signs are there that it’s time to get a blueprint storage rack? How has your storage system decluttered your office space? Please be sure to comment in the comments section.
- Continue to ask the “where is…” questions could be a sign you need some organization in your life
- If it takes you 10 minutes or more to locate misplaced items, rest assured, you’re not alone; it may, however, be a good idea to solve this by using a blueprint storage rack
- According to research you may have passed for a promotion and co-workers may (falsely) assume you are lazy because of your messy desk
- In order to change these assumptions, you may want to clean your workspace
- Continual stress and working after hours could be signs of disorganization—all of which a blueprint storage rack can solve
- Tempted to throw out documents for the sake of cleaning out the clutter? You may not have to; blueprint storage racks can store hundreds of blueprints, oversized folders, documents, and artwork, to name a few
- What this means is that folder you may or may not use in the future can be stored safely among other documents in your new organizational system
- Should a day come when you need it, you know where to find it—and will spend 10 less minutes searching for it!
- Overall, a blueprint storage rack is a step in the right direction
- It can alleviate mess-related stress, change your coworkers’ perceptions of you, and possibly even get you a promotion and, who knows, maybe even a pay raise
Considering a blueprint storage rack? Contact Big Blueprint Hanger to learn more about it. And, while you’re at it, be sure to check out our other organizational products and informative articles.
 Daily Mail: Lost something already today? Misplaced items cost us ten minutes a day
 The Orange County Register: Messy desk could cost you a promotion
 Forbes: The Dangers of a Messy Desk