As a busy veterinarian, your practice can sometimes become a whirlwind of activity with supplies, equipment, and paperwork scattered everywhere. Embracing the principles of Marie Kondo, the organization guru, can help you bring order and efficiency to your veterinary practice. In this blog, we’ll explore how to “Marie Kondo” your practice, creating a pinterest-worthy space that enhances both your team’s wellbeing and the overall experience for your patients.
The Impact of Clutter
Before diving into the organization process, let’s understand the impact of clutter on your practice. A cluttered environment not only looks disorganized but can also have significant effects on your team’s wellbeing and productivity. Studies have shown that clutter increases cortisol levels, leading to feelings of being overwhelmed and reducing focus and efficiency.
To declutter and organize your practice, follow these simple steps:
1. Be Vigilant About Throwing Stuff Out. Start by going through drawers and cabinets, and dispose of items you no longer use or need. Rid your practice of old and worn-out dog beds, blankets, and other hard-to-clean items.
2. Organize Messy Areas. Identify the areas in your practice that tend to get messy quickly, such as supply rooms or treatment areas. Use bins, trays, and shelves to keep items neatly organized and easily accessible. Labeling each storage space ensures that everything has a designated spot.
3. Prioritize by Shelf Height. Arrange items on shelves based on frequency of use, with commonly used items placed at eye level for easy access. Utilize clear bins or trays to store smaller items, ensuring they remain visible and organized.
4. Create Bundles (Kits). Group frequently used items together into kits or bundles for common procedures. For instance, create kits for eye, ear, bandage, catheterization, and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) procedures. This streamlines the preparation process and saves valuable time during patient care.
5. Dedicated Storage Space. Designate specific storage areas for particular items, such as using the parvo floor and unused cages for storage of non-essential items.
6. Get Stuff Off the Floor. Keep cords, cables, and other potentially hazardous items off the floor to prevent tripping hazards and create a cleaner and more organized appearance.
Pay special attention to these hot spots that often accumulate clutter:
1. Front Desk Counter. The front desk is often the first impression clients have of your practice. Keep it clutter-free and organized to create a welcoming environment.
2. The Break Room. A tidy and well-organized break room provides a much-needed retreat for your staff during busy days. Keep it clutter-free and stocked with essential supplies.
For inspiration on creating a pinterest-worthy, organized veterinary practice, check out Nicole Clausen’s Pinterest page. She offers valuable tips and visual ideas to help you optimize your practice’s space and create a more efficient and appealing environment.
Decluttering and organizing your veterinary practice not only improves efficiency and productivity but also enhances the overall wellbeing of your team and patients. Embrace the principles of Marie Kondo, and create a space that sparks joy and fosters a positive and harmonious atmosphere. A well-organized practice not only impresses clients but also helps your team work more effectively and provides the best possible care to your beloved animal patients.