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Home Office Organization Ideas


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My word for the year is organized. From many years of prior experience, I know my life goes better and I’m happier when I am organized. Since I spend a lot of time in my home office, it was at the top of my list when I sat down to prioritize where to focus my organizing efforts. I learned a lot in the process of getting my office in order and today I’m sharing the home office organization ideas I discovered along the way. To help you find the tools that will work best for you, I’m including links to products I think you might like as well as links to blog posts to show you how to make your own.

a desk with the drawer open and office supplies inside with title text reading Home Office Organization

Desk Surface

First, you have to assess how you like to work. Do you work better in a stark, uncluttered environment? Or do you prefer to be able to see everything at a glance? If you like to have everything available at your fingertips, you’ll want to invest in organizing products that let you keep important tools and resources on your desktop without taking over the entire space.

For frequently used items like pens, paper clips, and Post Its, you might choose one of these organizers:

black desk organizer
black desk organizer with pens, paper clips, and sticky notes in it
black desk organizer with pens, paper clips, and sticky notes in it

If, in addition to commonly used tools, you also want to keep files, papers, or binders within easy reach, one of these organizers will help you keep them confined to one section of your desktop.

black letter tray organizer with file folders and sticky notes in it
black letter tray organizer with file folders in it
black letter tray organizer with file folders, binders, sticky notes in it

If you prefer more of a Martha Stewart look, you might prefer these white wood options instead:

white wood desk organizer
white wood desk organizer with pencils, scissors, a stapler in it
white wood desk organizer with books and a plant on it

For more of an executive image, you might prefer these:

dark brown wood desk organizer
dark brown wood desk organizer with office supplies in it

Or maybe you want an organizer that expresses your unique personality…

wooden desk organizer that looks like hollowed out books
charging station
blue desk organizer with pens and paper clips in it

I’m personally pretty stingy with my desktop surface space, but I still like to have certain tools readily available. This laptop stand/organizer was the perfect solution for me.

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You can also make your own desk organizers. Susan, from Organized 31, shows you how to upcycle plastic containers that you would otherwise throw away.

Upcycled Container for Office Supplies

Desk Drawers

If you like a really streamlined desk, with only the bare essentials atop it, you will want to make good use of your desk drawers instead.

The key to keeping your desk drawers organized is to make sure each item has its own place so you can easily find and grab what you need. You also want to maximize your use of space so it’s best to choose organizers that fit the dimensions of your drawers exactly. There are literally dozens of drawer organizers to choose from and since, for the most part, they go unseen I recommend choosing based on how well the dimensions and compartments work for your space as opposed to choosing them for brand name or visual appeal.

white desk drawer organizer
black desk drawer organizer
black desk drawer organizer
black desk drawer organizer with office supplies in it
black desk drawer organizer with office supplies in it
black desk drawer organizer with office supplies in it

If you just can’t bring yourself to use a plastic organizer though, you do have some nice wood and bamboo options that serve the same purpose and some are quite reasonably priced.

wooden desk drawer organizer
wooden desk drawer organizer
wooden desk drawer organizer with office supplies in it

For versatility, I prefer to use individual compartments that I can rearrange however I want.

black individual compartment trays for organizing
colored individual compartment trays for organizing
wooden individual compartment trays for organizing

You can really customize your drawer organizers by making the compartments yourself. Jen, from iHeart Organizing, shows you how to transform cereal boxes into handy drawer dividers.

Cereal Box Drawer Dividers

Wall Space

Of course your desk isn’t the only space in your office that you can use to organize your work. I am a big fan of using wall space for office organization. Not only does it let me keep everything where I can see it, it also frees me of the burden of finding wall art for my office.

wall organizer
wall organizer
wall organizer
wall organizer
wall organizer
wall organizer with a dry erase board

For me, having my calendar somewhere I can easily see it is essential to staying organized. If you’re the same way, you might like one of these large dry erase calendars for your office wall.

dry erase wall calendar
dry erase wall calendar
dry erase wall calendar

My wall calendar is just one portion of what I refer to as my command center. I have one for the family and one for work (in my office). Here’s a peek at my family command center.

family command center with calendars and dry erase boards on the wall

Another option for dressing up your wall space in a functional way is to hang memo boards. I love these DIY Memo Boards from Michelle James Designs.

DIY Office Memo Boards

Office Furniture

Your desk isn’t the only piece of vital office furniture. I’ve always considered a file cabinet to be essential for keeping all of our paperwork organized. If you just need something small to house your household bills, warranties, and legal documents, you can get by with a small, 2-drawer cabinet like these:

wooden file cabinet
black file cabinet
white file cabinet

If you also run a home-based business, you might need a larger file cabinet. Depending on your taste, you can opt for a wider 2-drawer or a tall 4-drawer cabinet.

wooden file cabinet
wooden file cabinet

I like to keep reference books near at hand as well, so my office has a large bookshelf. Bookshelves are also great spaces for adding personal touches (pictures or collectibles) and with the help of baskets or bins, serve as additional storage space. As you can see below, you also have several options when it comes to size, design, and finish.

wooden bookshelf
white wooden bookshelf
wooden bookshelf

 If you like more flexibility to adapt your work space as your needs change over time, you can opt for modular shelving instead.

white shelf
white wooden bookshelf

Behind the Scenes

An area I didn’t think about until I was in the middle of organizing was the space BEHIND my desk. All those cords sprouting from the surge protector beneath my desk were mangled into a crazy mess behind my desk.

Before we dive behind the desk though, let’s tidy up the cords on top of your desk. With the help of these clips, it’s easy to differentiate your phone charger from the camera charger.

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You can accomplish the same feat with washi tape. Check out how Rachel from I Love My Disorganized Life uses washi tape to keep her cords and electronics organized.

Washi Tape Cord Management

Behind your desk, the easiest way to corral the cords is to strap them together in some way. You have a lot of options for accomplishing this:

a package of velcro
gear ties
cord organizer
cord organizer
cord organizer
box cord organizer

Portability

One final thing to consider as you organize your office is whether or not you really want to stay confined to your office to do all of your work. I find that I like a change of scenery. If you do too, you might want to invest in a lap desk or car desk so you can be productive AWAY from your office.

purple lap desk
blue lap desk
black lap desk
black lap desk
wood lap desk
lap desk

3 thoughts on “Home Office Organization Ideas”

  1. Hi there Super Mom,

    I love office supplies and accessories. Office Depot is to me what Home Depot is to the hubs. I can get lost in that store and max out my card without even trying :).

    I already have my home office set up but I know I’ll find something I “need” here. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing,
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    Cori

    Reply
  2. You’ve got me energized to go organize my office right now. (big happy smile) I so need one of those fancy laptop lapdesks. Now I know what to use my Christmas money on.

    Reply

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