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This Week’s Clutter Video Tip: Mean, Green Printing Machine

Each week we are posting a one-minute-ish quick video tip on something useful and practical that you can apply right away! Here is our fifth video about being more productive and efficient with your printer. (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player.)

Hi, I’m Lorie Marrero and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about how to be greener and more productive with your printer. So one thing I like to do is have stackable trays with the printer paper and also scratch paper that I save. Everyone has fax confirmation pages and other sheets that print with only one line on them, and you can use these over again by feeding them back into the printer, printing on the back, for unimportant documents.

I also like using 100% recycled paper. Staples has this. It’s not 25% or 15% recycled, it’s 100%. So that makes a difference for the environment as well.

Another thing you can do is on your computer’s printer settings, you can set them to draft mode and then you can print using less ink.

A great guideline in organizing is to keep supplies at their point of use. So here we have a stamp that we use for faxing and we have just Velcroed that right to the side of the printer where we need it.

Another thing about printers is they often come with a universal symbol printed on them to show you how to feed the paper through and sometimes those are illegible or even incomprehensible and what I recommend instead is to print out a label with words on it that tell you how to feed the paper through. That helps so much, especially when you’re in a hurry. We have one here that says “Print Side Down, Facing Forward,” and we have another one up top that says, “Face Up.” So that will help you be a little bit more productive with your printer too.

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See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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