November 16, 2012
by Susan Hunsberger
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A Gift Wrapping Station

PROBLEM: I love to give gifts. Part of what I enjoy is the process of wrapping them. However, I often don’t even end up giving the gift because I can’t find my wrapping supplies.

SOLUTION: Find a way to consolidate your supplies. Bring them together either in a bin, on a cart, or in a drawer. And keep your supplies simple.

Owner, Lisa Roberts, shows us how they have done this at Rock Paper Scissors in Ann Arbor. They have a cart that holds four colors of ribbon, bags that are of one color, a few kinds of wrapping paper (including neutral brown), tape, and scissors. Lovely!

HINT: If you prefer to use re-usable cloth bags or re-use wrapping paper, the same idea applies. Bring the supplies together, keep the ones that make the process simple, and give them a home.

November 4, 2010
by Susan Hunsberger
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And this Photo?!

PROBLEM: Small business owners are sent pictures and cards from their clients. The owners always ask, “What do I do with all of these?”

SOLUTION: One option is to have a designated space for display of client thank you cards/pictures. The space can be a picture frame, box frame, picture carousel, photo album, or even a bulletin board. But the important part of this idea is to systematize the process. For example, with every new picture that comes in, an old one goes out. Decide on the what “out” means. Is out, the trash, a folder, or a drawer? When that space is full what will happen then? Once you have these questions answered / systems developed it will be a joy to receive cards and pictures from clients. No more, “What do I do with this!”.