Bright and fresh, cherry blossoms are the signal of Springtime.
By now Marie Kondo is a household name. The ubiquitous organisational guru is motivating even the most resistant of tidiers to pare down their belongings to items that either spark joy or are absolutely essential. As customers commence their own Spring Cleaning, they may be inspired to bring you sentimental photographs, previously framed works in need of updating, or objects and artwork that have been hidden away in closets and under beds for eons. Take this opportunity to reinvigorate your own workspace.
Get Ready to Sort
Dusting off your matboard samples, frame corners, and other product examples is a great place to start, but going that extra mile to organise your samples can revitalise your space and inspire not only you, but also your clientele. Go through your samples thoroughly. If you have the room to lay out everything of one type at once (matboard, moulding samples…) do it! Being able to see everything in one place will make it easier to assess which items you wish to keep, and which to discard. Start with one grouping of items at a time and be thorough!
Assess Your Samples
Having a large selection of matboard and moulding corner samples is often a point of pride for framing businesses – and this doesn’t have to change – but honestly assessing your sample collection will help you to streamline your consultation process. It can be nerve-wracking to dispose of samples that might result in a lost sale, so try dedicating a drawer to your less popular selections for the odd time that a customer does come in seeking a very specific design. Feel free to discard anything that you know for certain you will never use. If you’re not sure if a particular matboard or moulding is still available, don’t hesitate to contact your suppliers to check on stock and availability.
Organise, Organise, Organise!
Once you’ve purged the samples that you don’t use or are no longer available, it’s time to reorganise! Samples can be organised by a combination of brand, colour, family and/or price code. Find a system that works best for your business. If you’re reorganising and don’t have a number/letter system for your samples, you can now label them so that cleanup is easy and, dare we say, enjoyable.
Revitalize Your Stock and Inventory Storage
Step back and really assess your inventory. Do you have products that are broken, damaged, or dirty? Fix what you can and expel the rest. Donate offcuts of matboard that are too small to use (school programs and print studios are generally accepting), and take the time to trim down or dispose of damaged mats, foamcore, and sticks of moulding. Organising like items by size can be especially conducive to efficiency, since it makes it easier to gauge what you have at a glance, and what you may need to stock up on in order to keep your business running smoothly.
Upcycle and Sell
Do you have stuff on your walls that hasn’t budged in years? How about old pre-joined frames that are desperately out of date? You can repurpose old frames with new artwork, or give stale mouldings a fun refinishing job. Get creative and make a display! Most importantly, don’t be afraid to let go of what is no longer serving you. You’ll be grateful that you did!