For some, lockers can end up being an extension of how they store things from home. CDS, DVDS, old magazines, most of these things don’t need to be in a locker unless it is something you are actively looking to exchange with a work colleague.
Therefore, clearing out your locker should be something everyone does every now and again, although it is probably best to do it when there isn’t a load of people around, as first of all they’ll be in the way and secondly, they may think you’ve been given the sack!
Here I give some top tips on sprucing up your locker to ensure the next time you open it you aren’t taken away by an avalanche of rotten fruit, terrible tabloids, dubious DVDs and contentious CDs.
Getting organised needn’t be seen as a drag either, on a few occasions I’ve gone to give my work locker a spring clean and ended up a fair few pounds better off after scraping the loose change together; not to mention finding that elusive CD I’d been looking for ever since I realised I only had the empty case in the car. True, some CDs are best left lost, but beggars can’t be choosers.
If you’ve got the time it is well worth bringing a black bin bag to throw away any rubbish. This can cut out the embarrassment of throwing away an embarrassing magazine, or a sandwich which now seems to have unidentified life forms sprouting from it.
After sorting out your rubbish, you can then put items like your Rolex aside to take home. OK, I’m maybe exaggerating a bit there, but you’d be surprised how many people leave wedding rings, jewellery or watches (maybe not as flash as a Rolex, but that’s beside the point) and then find it gone because they foolishly left it unlocked or their locker was broken into one night.
Making It More Secure
I touched upon having your locker broken into, well to make it more secure you could look at adding additional safety features. Now, I’m not suggesting booby traps or mind boggling riddles, but maybe something more simple. Some varieties of lockers allow padlocks, unfortunately in most cases, the only way you will be able to make it more secure is by emptying the valuables out each night. Not ideal, but you can only work with what you have.
Kitting It Out
While smartphones have presented us with quite a different way of making notes for ourselves, it can still be useful to have something to put notes on in your locker. A simple magnetic white board can be fine addition, making sure you have a reminder before leaving to pick up some groceries or send that email to a client first thing the following day.
Storage Within Storage
Another thing we can be quite guilty of is leaving pens and other stationary scattered around our lockers. Now while this in of itself is not that bad, if you keep clothes in your locker the worst thing that can happen is for a leaky pen to end up leaking ink all over your work shirt.
Invest in some pen holders and then you’ll always know where your bits and pieces of stationary are.
Louisa Jenkins is a freelance blogger specialising in a range of storage solutions. From time to time she blogs on wacky things left in lockers and other more unusual topics.