Until recently, I was absolutely hopeless at keeping my desk tidy for any significant length of time. Occasional attacks of 'lazy-itis.' and eagerness to hurriedly complete tasks were the main contributing factors.
Papers, pens, spellchecker, rulers, notes and goodness knows what else, cluttered my desk, leaving just enough room for my computer, mouse, mug of coffee and pair of elbows, but none to place an open book or file without swiping half my paperwork onto the floor.
In the desk drawer was a folder containing my passwords, email addresses and loads of other computer related information to which I often needed to refer whilst at my desk.
Now - the problem was, that when I removed files from the folder and forgot to replace them, they tended to either migrate towards the floor or hide under other papers. I have been known to shred one in error when it got mixed up in a pile earmarked for the bin.
Oh woe was me, but no more, I am reformed - ever since I discovered the Sherpa Soho desk unit. I discovered it initially, when about to throw out a sheet of paper from a recently purchased Durable folder. On the reverse side, until then completely unnoticed, were pictures of other Durable office products; the one that caught my eye looked like a space saving book-stand. There was no information about it, but intrigued, I checked on the website to find out more about the item, its price, use and distributors.
.........The Durable Sherpa Soho Desk Unit...........
What initially appeared to me to be a form of book-stand, actually turned out to be a stand onto which A4 size, clear plastic pockets, sandwiched between study frameworks of black plastic, can be fixed and supported.
Each frame had a small hole at each end, which when slotted onto pegs in the spine of the stand, allow the files to be swung from side to side, like the pages of a book.
It was THE answer to my problem of lack of space and disorganised filing habits. It would free drawer space, keep my documents in order and occupy more air-space than desk-space - Perfect!
I ordered one from Firefly Office, where it was on offer at £19.40 (40% cheaper than the original cost.) In total, with VAT and postage added, the cost climbed to £28.62
The desk unit, designed and made in Germany, arrived from the Hampshire based firm and stockist Firefly, the following day - an impressive, speedy delivery I thought.
The package contained five A4 size, clear plastic document folders, each encased in a 1cm wide, semi-rigid, black plastic framework, with an opening at the top through which documents are slotted; a heavy, swallow-tail shaped metal stand onto which a grey 33cm long, 5cm wide plastic holder is bolted and held firmly at a comfortable reading angle.
At the top and bottom of the holder, which I have come to think of as the spine, are five 1cm long pegs onto which the folder frames are slotted.
It took seconds to assemble and displays ten pages - two, back to back, per folder. The stand and spine occupies 17cms of my desk space, whilst the files occupy 27cm x 32cm air-space.
Five frames, holding ten files are fine for my purposes, but for those who have need for more frames, there is a larger model called Sherpa Motion, which holds ten frames and costs £89.25, there is also a model that can be mounted on a wall.
I have found this desk unit a boon; the document holders are anti-glare, which was an unexpected bonus.
Not only does it free up desk space and drawer space, it has encouraged me to be more organised, not to mention saving me precious time normally lost hunting for missing files.
I have the unit sitting on the edge of my desk; the heavy swallow-tail shaped stand with its rubber feet, make it very stable and unlikely to wander across the desk at the lightest of touches. The anti-glare folders make for easy, strain-free reading in artificial lighting.
I can most definitely recommend this desk unit to anyone wanting to free up desk space and still keep their documents on view.
I must point out however, that it would be unwise to have confidential documents and the like on display where others not privy to that information may see it. I use mine in the privacy of my own home and it has proved invaluable. I could do with a couple more holders now.
I see that there are smaller models of this. Three years on and I still find these very useful indeed.