Printer Minimalism: Decluttering Your Printing Protocol

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One of the newest trends to combat compulsive consumerism is the philosophy of minimalism. This lifestyle boasts the freedom from “things” as its adherents do their best to maximize the usefulness of the few objects they own. While you may be wondering what on earth this concept has to do with your company’s printing protocol, the benefits of minimalism have far-reaching benefits not only on your printing bottom-line but also the aesthetic of your office.

De-Cluttering Your Workspace

You’ve more than likely experienced busy days in the office where the tasks seem to keep piling up faster than you can tackle them. As you become focused on maximizing the number of tasks you complete, you may notice that your own desk is contributing to your stress levels. Stacks of papers, notebooks, stale coffee mugs, and office tools that you may not have touched in months may feel like they’re taking up precious real estate on your desk. As you find some breathing room and declutter your desk, you’ll notice that you’re also clearing your mind. This mind-clearing time allows you to prioritize not your workday, but even your life. Trashing, recycling or putting away rarely used items, there’s a chance you may find one last item taking up precious space on your now-tidy desk: your desktop printer.

Your office may be filled with desktop printers — each taking up desk space of nearly every employee in the building. Each of these printers requires its own maintenance, its own paper refilling, and its own network specifications. When the protocol of a desktop printer for every team member becomes the norm, what happens when you decide to expand? While once a convenient answer to the printing needs of your team, desktop printers in the workplace are falling by the wayside to their more efficient big sisters: multifunction devices.

Desktop Feng Shui & Multifunction Devices

Where your desktop printer once shined, modern multifunction devices now radiate. Whether you need to print, scan, copy, bind, hole-punch, laminate, or fax, multifunction devices do all of these tasks more efficiently than their desktop counterparts ever dreamed. Capabilities aside, one of your favorite side effects of your office replacing desktop printers with multifunction devices may be the freed-up space on your desk.