How to Beautifully Organize Home Office Supplies: 20 Tips
A tidy, functional home office is essential to staying productive, especially as more of us are working from home. If you’re looking at your home office and wondering how to clean it up (and keep it clean), help is here! I’ve rounded up 20 beautiful and creative ideas to organize home office supplies and create a workspace you’ll love.
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In this article:
How to Declutter & Purge Unneeded Supplies
Choose Functional Furniture
Filing Systems to Organize Paperwork
How to Organize Mail and Bills
Home Office Printing Station Ideas
Organize Office Drawers
Use Wall Space For Home Office Storage
Labels to Organize Home Office Supplies
Home Command Center & Management Binder
Charging Station Solutions
Cord, Cable & Tech Storage
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Tip 1: How to Declutter Your Office
The first step to organize office supplies: get rid of stuff you don’t need. (It’s the first step in every organizing project.) This is often the most overwhelming step, but take a deep breath and pick one area to start. I like to start with the top of my desk, because a clean desktop makes me happy and feel energized to tackle more!
Step One: Sort & Purge the Paper
Addressing the paper clutter is the first priority. Gather all of those loose papers up and sort them into piles like unpaid bills, paid bills, legal/important documents, work papers, etc. Then put everything in a bin to file later. I’ll go through ways to create an effective filing system in another section of this article.
I recommend using a shredder to immediately and safely shred papers like old bills or anything with your personal information on it. Those random notepads and post-it notes from local businesses you’ve accumulated over the years can be recycled, too. (Trust me, you don’t need them)
Be honest about excess paper you keep “just in case,” like colored copy paper or photo paper for those pictures you keep on your phone but never get around to printing. If it’s cluttering up your office, consider donating it to a local school. Teachers always need paper!
Step Two: Toss the Old Tech
If you’ve been keeping CD-ROMs for software you no longer use, it’s time to toss it. The same goes for user manuals for technology you’ve replaced. Old electronic devices can be recycled or donated, along with the power cords, cables and chargers that go with them. (Just be sure to erase any personal data first.) Here’s a helpful article from Consumer Reports on how to get rid of your old tech.
Step Three: Purge the Old Pens & Pencils
Next, it’s time to go through all of those pens and pencils you’ve been hanging on to. Dried up? Broken? Toss! This is a project that the kids can help with, too. Once you’ve decluttered, you can sort and group by color or type (Sharpies, ball-point, fountain, etc.).
Step Four: Recycle Those Printer Cartridges!
Most of us are guilty of keeping an ever-growing pile of empty printer cartridges to take to the office supply store for recycling. Time to take action! Put them all in a bag or box and place it in the front seat of your car. The next time you run errands, take them in.
Step Five: Out With Old Books
Books are another big category of clutter in the home office. It’s tempting to hang on to them, but if you haven’t used them in the past few years, and they’re not first edition collector’s items, it’s time to let them go. Just think of all of the storage space you’ll have!
Some books can be sold to used book stores. Others can be donated. Here’s a list of places that accept book donations.
Step Six: Anything Else That Doesn’t Belong
Home offices often become a catch-all for things that really don’t belong in the space. Take one last look around, and remove anything that should be stored elsewhere and place it in the appropriate space. Items that truly have no home should be put in a box and stored out of sight for 30 days. At the end of 30 days, if you haven’t needed or used them, sell, donate or recycle.
Tip 2: Choose Functional Furniture
Choosing the right furniture will go a long way in helping you organize your home office & supplies. This is especially true if you have a small space, where every inch should be maximized for efficiency. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune! It just has to work for you.
When choosing home office furniture, ask yourself:
- Will it fit nicely in my office space?
- Does it provide adequate storage for my office equipment and supplies?
- Is it comfortable?
- Does it fit in my budget?
When you can answer “yes” to these questions, you’ve probably found the right piece!
Tip 3. Ideas for Desks that Add Storage
If you have the space, a corner desk with built-in storage is a nice option that keeps everything you need close at hand. The desk below offers ample surface space for a computer, printer and accessories, plus shelves you can use for supplies in containers or baskets.
Ample wall space in your home office? Consider an option with a built-in bookshelf like this one:
While particle board is lightweight and inexpensive, sometimes “real” is best. I love this solid reclaimed wooden desk, and it’s sturdy enough to hold up to 400 lbs! It may lack built-instorage, but you can always purchase separate shelving, filing systems and other accessories to accommodate your needs.
Looking for an entire office furniture suite that won’t break the bank? Consider this highly-rated set, available on Amazon:
Cubby Desk With Bins & DIY Labels
Photo Courtesy of SavingTalents.com
Check out these great cubicle desks with bins and DIY velcro labels on SavingTalents.com. They work well for either a home office or a homeschool setup, as pictured.
Tip 4. Organize the Desktop
An organized desktop is critical to an efficient workspace. You’ll want to employ desk accessories and organizers that provide adequate storage and keep your most-used items easily accessible.
I love choosing my desk accessories! And because organizing is a passion of mine, I always look for items that are stylish, functional and efficient.
Tip 5. Try Adjustable Desktop Shelf Organizers
I like the versatility of an adjustable shelving unit like this. It comes in two pieces that can be rotated or widened/narrowed to suit your space.
If you’re handy and enjoy DIY projects, click here to make your own adjustable desktop organizer, thanks to The Handyman’s Daughter! The article includes free plans to make this super affordable project:
Photo Courtesy of TheHandymansDaughter.com
Tip 6. Efficient & Stylish Desktop Accessories Organizers
I love the look of these wire basket accessory organizers from The Container Store. Such a pretty way to organize home office supplies like magazines, books, paper and notebooks, mail and pens/pencils:
Prefer colors like rose gold or aqua? Amazon has really cute metal and wire desktop accessory options in a variety of colors. Check them out here.
If wood is more your style, here’s an option with a rustic finish. It has room for pens, pencils, scissors, tape, mail, papers, notebooks and comes with an adorable set of calendar blocks:
Tip 7. DIY Desktop Organizers
Are you a DIYer? If so, you’ll love these creative solutions for desktop organizers — read on!
Organize pens, pencils, paperclips and more in these cute DIY rope organizers for your desktop, courtesy of CraftsyHacks.com.
Photo Courtesy of CraftsyHacks.com
Got a Cricut? Then you’re in luck, because Sustain My Craft Habit has some fab Cricut projects to organize your desk, like this one:
Photo Courtesy of Sustain My Craft Habit
Gotta say, I love DIY projects that use recycled materials. This creative idea from Modge Podge Rocks turns old cereal boxes and toilet paper/paper towel rolls into a truly adorable DIY desk organizer:
Another cute DIY desktop project, these device pillow stands that enable easy hands-free reading from HelloSewing. com:
Photo Courtesy of HelloSewing.com
Tip 8. Filing Systems to Organize Paperwork
Remember all of those papers you sorted in Tip #1? Now, it’s time to create the proper filing system to keep those papers organized. Here’s how:
First, collect important documents like passports, birth certificates, social security cards, property deeds, etc. into one pile and store them in a fireproof safe like this one:
Next, take your “household” papers, like warranty and maintenance information for your appliances and home systems, lists of important phone numbers, doctors, dentists, vets (you get the picture) and create a home management binder for them. Keep this binder in an easily accessible place in the office or kitchen, or create a family command center to house it.
Keep all tax information, including receipts, in a file folder labeled for each tax year. These folders can be stored in a banker’s box or file cabinet for seven years. After that, they can be shredded. (Be sure to keep at least an electronic copy of your actual tax returns forever, just in case.) Check out this lovely little file box, pretty enough to store on a shelf in plain sight:
I recommend going paperless for any and all bank statements, bills, paystubs, etc. to reduce paper clutter. If you can’t, keep these documents for one year (or longer if you need them for tax purposes; just transfer them to the tax file folder every April) and then shred.
Want to REALLY reduce paper clutter (or just have a digital backup of important papers)? Consider scanning and storing documents in the cloud. For more information, check out this article on thezhush.com.
Tip 9. Find Filing Cabinets That Suit Your Style and Needs
Since we’re discussing how to organize home office supplies, you might want filing cabinet options that work with your personal style. (Rather than business-boring metal boxes.) Here are a few options that are as pretty as they are functional:
Farmhouse Lateral File Cabinet
Letter/Legal Wood Storage Cabinet
Woven Basket File Cubby
Tip 10. How to Organize Mail and Bills
Step One: Reduce Paper Clutter
Mail clutter is a big issue in many households. The home office is a good place to set up an efficient mail system, but FIRST, see how you can reduce the amount of mail you receive. Cancel subscriptions to magazines you no longer read, switch from paper bills and statements to paperless, and opt out of junk mail like pre-approved credit offers. (Check out this info from the FTC on stopping unsolicited mail.)
Step Two: Create a Space For Mail
Next, let’s create a mail system that works for you! Find a spot on your desk (or use free wall space) for incoming and outgoing mail, as well as bills/paperwork that need attention and items to file. Stock up on office supplies like stamps, return address labels, letter opener, etc. Keep a shredder, recycling bin and wastebasket nearby. Check out Organized31.com for an easy DIY Office Paper Recycling Bin project.
Here are some mail sorter solutions:
Distressed Wooden Mail Sorter
Basket Wall Rack
Tiered Desk Tray
Step Three: Use Labels
Labels are essential for a working system. Make one for each category of your mail sorter (incoming, bills to pay, outgoing, filing, etc.) For some fun ways to create your own labels, check out 16 Sensational Ways to Make Labels For Organizing Your Home.
Step Four: Use Your System Daily
Just like any organization project, a key aspect in keeping things tidy is daily practice. Mail, bills and paper clutter are no different. Every day, toss/shred the junk mail, pay bills as needed, take outgoing mail to the mailbox, and file any paperwork that needs to be filed. If you keep up with it, it’ll never get out of hand again.
Tip 11. Home Office Printing Station Ideas
For extra efficiency in your home office, consider setting up a simple printing station. All it takes is a corner of your desk, a small cabinet or a rolling cart like the one pictured above.
Need something a little smaller? This industrial mobile stand can fit nearly anywhere:
Store extra printing paper within reach in a tray, extra printer ink in a lidded bin, and you’re ready to go!
For a fun rustic DIY project, check out this Wine Crate Home Office Printer Stand & Storage from FrugElegance:
Photo Courtesy of FrugElegance.com
Tip 12. How to Organize Home Office Drawers
The desk drawer is often where office supplies get lost forever! For many of us, it becomes a catch-all for random junk. But with a little organizing effort, it can become a time-saving space that makes you smile (rather than wince).
Step One: Prioritize Drawer Supplies
You’ve already decluttered and sorted your items, so now you need to prioritize. If you’re using desktop organizers, you should fill those with items you use pretty much every day…like pens, pencils, a stapler, paperclips, notepad, etc.
Your top desk drawer (if you have multiple drawers) should house items you use often but not every day. Scissors, rulers, rubber bands, stationery, push pins, extra pens & pencils, portable chargers for devices. Each subsequent drawer should be for items used less often, like thank-you cards, batteries, spare keys. You get the idea.
Step Two: Use Drawer Organizers
This is the fun part (for me, anyway). Measure the length, width and depth of your drawer(s) and find desk organizers or dividers that will maximize space and house your supplies. I highly recommend an adjustable organizer that will accommodate different sized drawers and supplies. Here are some options:
Mesh Drawer Organizer With Adjustable Dividers
Expandable Drawer Organizer Tray
Adjustable Drawer Divider
DIY Drawer Organizers
Drawer organization doesn’t have to cost a fortune! I reached out to my fellow bloggers for some affordable ideas on DIY organizers, and they did not disappoint! Check out these fun projects:
AppleGreenCottage.com made these DIY drawer organizers from upcycled cereal and cardboard boxes:
Photo Courtesy Of AppleGreenCottage.com
DIYCandy.com made this DIY drawer organizer in half an hour using leftover wood:
Photo Courtesy of DIYCandy.com
The Best Way to Organize Desk Drawers in a Home Office
Tip 13. Use Wall Space For Extra Office Storage
An often overlooked place to organize home office supplies: the walls! If your office lacks closet space for storage, simply use the space you have. Some ideas:
An inexpensive bookshelf can store a lot of supplies, as seen in this image of a craft/office space from CreativeGreenLiving:
Photo Courtesy of CreativeGreenLiving.com
Depending on your space and personal style, you can try a tall, narrow bookshelf:
Or a modular design that you can adjust to fit a sloped or awkward space:
If you lack floor space for a standing bookshelf, consider floating shelf options:
Tip 14. Mount Your Monitor
Large flat-screen monitors take up precious desk space. Try a wall-mount instead, like this setup created by SmallStuffCounts.com:
Photo Courtesy of SmallStuffCounts.com
Amazon has a wide selection of wall mounts for monitors and TV screens.
Tip 15. Use Labels to Organize Home Office Supplies
Don’t forget a key element of organizing: labels! Labels will help you keep things in their proper place (and help other members of the family remember to put things away correctly). Unlabeled bins and containers tend to become catch-alls for junk. Let’s avoid that!
In my kitchen office cabinets, I made storage containers from inexpensive photo boxes and labeled the contents of each using Word and my printer. I also love to label things with my Brother label maker!
If you’d like to make your own cute labels for the office (or any other space), check out my post 16 Sensational Ways to Make Labels for Organizing Your Home.
Tip 16. Make a Home Command Center & Management Binder
The home office is a great place to keep your command center and home management binder. The command center is a centralized area for family schedules, chore lists, important phone numbers, weekly menus, messages to one another and more.
Read about how to create a simple but effective DIY command center here.
A home management binder is the place to file all of your home maintenance info, model and serial numbers for appliances and systems, numbers for plumbers, repairmen, landscapers, window cleaners, etc. and other important documents for the house. Check out this great setup by OrganizingMoms.com:
Photo Courtesy of OrganizingMoms.com
Tip 17. Charging Station Solutions
If you’ve got a home office, chances are you have multiple devices that require charging: laptops, mobile phones, tablets. A great way to keep every battery alive — and every device in one place — is with a charging station.
Depending on your needs, this can be as simple as installing a plug-and-play wall outlet like this:
Or a solution that holds and charges several devices on your desk:
This option even holds a laptop:
DIYer? I made my family’s charging station from a wooden farmhouse-style mail sorter (click the link for article with step-by-step instructions):
Tip 18. Organize Computer and Media Cables
If there’s one thing that drives me nuts, it’s messy technology, cords and cables. The home office is typically one area that people struggle to conquer the cable beast; however, with the proper solutions, it’s possible!
NOTE: This section includes some home office solutions for cords and cables.
You might also like my in-depth article on
cord and cable storage and organization for the home, office and travel.
Let’s start with organizing the computer and peripheral cables behind your desk. If your desk has a full backing on it and you just need to keep the cables from getting tangled, I love these wrap-around cable sleeves:
I received a set of four from Blue Key World and they are perfect for keeping cords tidy behind the desk, media center, dresser, etc.!
To hide the surge protector on the ground, try a cable management box:
Some desks are more like open tables with no back. This makes cord and cable organization a little more challenging. I found this great solution that mounts to the underside of the desk and keeps everything from piling up on the ground:
Tip 19. Keep Charging Cables Tidy
I typically have my phone and tablet charging at my desk, and it’s super frustrating to have the charging cables slip off the desktop or behind the furniture. My favorite solution is a cable clip that adheres to the side or top of the desk. I received these clips from Blue Key World, and I use them in the office, on my nightstand, and even in my car:
The cable clips come in a packaged set, and are available in single or double clips:
Tip 20. Hide Modems, Routers and Cable Boxes
Sometimes we don’t want our home office to look so much like an office…with routers, modems and cable boxes sitting out in plain site with all of their blinking lights. With a little creativity, it’s possible to hide them and maintain a stylish space. Here are some ways to do this:
Reclaimed Book Storage Box
Tuck your unsightly tech behind this clever book box, made from real books! Just place it on a bookshelf and no one will see your modem or router:
Seagrass Lidded Storage Basket
Another option is using a pretty storage basket to neatly hide a modem or router. I love the natural look of these seagrass lidded baskets. Place the boxes inside and run the cords and wires through the hole in the back, out of sight! Just be sure to measure before you buy to ensure everything will fit.
Use a Cabinet
Sometimes it’s as easy as using part of a filing or wall cabinet. Simply drill a hole in the back large enough to fit wires and cables through, and set the technology inside. We did this with all of our smart home routers and hubs, using a nightstand in the guest room.
Organize Home Office Supplies: Final Thoughts
Hopefully these tips and ideas have provided inspiration for you to create a beautiful home office of your own! Just remember, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to organize. Whatever system works for you and your family is the one you should use. And if something doesn’t work quite right, change it until it does! Organizing is a practice, something we all can work on every day.
How to Organize Office Supplies Like A Pro
If you are trying to use your dining room or bedroom as a workspace, you can still have an organized office space without a dedicated office. Here’s how to organize office supplies like a pro so you can work anywhere.
Working at home can be an exciting adventure until you have to set up your new workspace. If your home is a little bit on the small side, or you didn’t plan on working from home when you bought your house, you may not have a dedicated office room. But here is how to organize office supplies and create an office anywhere.
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How to Organize Office Supplies Like A Pro
If you are working with a corner of the bedroom or trying to make the dining room into your workspace, you can still have an organized office space without a dedicated office. Here is how to do it!
Follow these tips and you’ll know how to organize office supplies and create an office anywhere in your home.
Choose the right desk
An organized office starts with the right desk. Since real estate in your home is limited, you want a desk that will both fit the space you’ve allotted for your work area, and be able to store all of your work items.
If you are working from a kitchen table or dining room table, take a corner of the room instead, as any meal time activities will disrupt your workflow.
How to Choose the Best Desk For Your Home Office Space
There are a few things you want to look for when choosing the right desk.
First, make sure it has ample storage options. It doesn’t need to have filing cabinets and all kinds of drawers to it, but it should have enough storage for your needs.
Second, you want to make sure that it won’t stick out too much in the room you’re putting it in. Take into consideration the other furniture you have in the room as well as what color furniture you plan on putting in there.
Finally, keep portability in mind. When you are working in a room that isn’t an office, you might need that space for other things. Choose a desk that can fold up into the wall, or maybe even a desk area that can be stored inside a cabinet.
Use dividers to categorize your items
If your desk has drawers, use drawer dividers to keep your items categorized and organized.
If you do not have many drawers, you can still accomplish this using wall organizers or any other type of organizer you choose. When you have a limited area to organize, you want to make sure your drawers don’t get out of hand or become a catchall for anything on your desk.
You can also dedicate a small portion of your kitchen pantry or even your bedroom closet to organize office supplies. Just keep them in a separate bin and label it.
Keep it simple
If you don’t have a dedicated office room, you may want to consider keeping your desk needs to a minimum. This means keeping it simple.
Instead of having all of your bill paying needs, keep those in a separate and portable file system that you can bring to your desk when needed. Having mobile systems like this in place will not only help keep your desk from getting too chaotic but allow you to store office supplies in another location.
Another thing to remember when you organize office supplies, is to throw away anything you don’t use.
How many pens do you need when you work from home? Keep only what you need and continuously throw away anything that breaks or becomes unusable.
Keep your desk to work items only
Our desks tend to become a chaos inviting space for water bottles, cups, food wrappers, and other things. When our kids bring us something to look at or your spouse brings you the mail, it can be easy to throw it on the desk.
Instead, keep your desk area to just work items only and remind your family this as well.
Create a Charging Station
Another thing you have to think about when organizing office supplies is: where do you charge your electronics?
Without a dedicated office space, you might charge your laptop by your bed or in the living room. Try to use creative ideas to avoid cord clutter. If you have extra space on a bookshelf, neatly create a space just for your laptop and other electronics you use for your work.
When everything has a home, it is a lot easier to keep it organized long term.
How to Organize Office Supplies Without a Desk
All of these tips are fantastic if you have a desk. But what if you work from your laptop at your table or in your bed?
If you don’t have a desk where you can store your office supplies, keep them organized in another way. Find a portable storage solution for your office supplies. When something has a home, you will be more likely to put it away.
Here are some ideas for places to store office supplies when you don’t have a desk:
- Plastic tub with a lid – be sure to use dividers or smaller containers to keep it all organized and not just one big mess.
- Bookshelf – dedicate one shelf to your office supplies, each in their own canisters.
- Drawer – use a dresser or kitchen drawer to store your pens and office supplies.
Organizing your office space is a little more challenging when you don’t have a dedicated office. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a well-organized space that can take care of all your work needs. The most important thing to remember when you organize office supplies is to make sure you can manage your system full-time.
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Organize Office Supplies at Home
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To create a productive and useful office space, it’s important to organize office supplies at home. I’ve just reorganized my own home office and am excited to show you how simple it was to make a big improvement and create a useful space.
While organizing office supplies is a simple process, there are many factors to consider.
First general organizing tips for office supplies and then I’ll walk you through the choices I made in organizing my own home office supplies closet.
How to Organize Your Home Office Supplies
- Declutter – Go through every single item and declutter ruthlessly.
- Make every single item you keep prove its worth and value to be kept.
- Group office supplies in categories that make sense for you and how you use the items.
- Group like items together.
- Group items together by function.
- Group items that are used together in the same category.
- Place items where they will be used, if possible.
- Pens and pencils in the desk.
- Printer paper near the printer.
- When that is not possible, create an office supplies storage closet or cabinet.
- Measure the space carefully (and then measure again).
- Carefully select furniture, storage bins and tools for your office supplies.
- Look for well-made bins that will hold up to heavy use.
- Look for versatile office organizing products that can still be useful as your needs change.
- Place items into the bins and storage containers so that they’re easy to see and easy to access.
- Place heavier items lower so if they fall, they won’t hurt you.
- Place frequently used items between shoulder and waist height, where they are easier to access.
- Place lightweight items on top shelves.
Now let me show you how I organized my own home office supplies closet.
While my home office supplies closet was organized before, it was a bit messy and not as functional as I wanted. The closet it very narrow and awkward to access, so it was important to make the space as easy to access as possible.
Organize Office Supplies at Home
I have a confession. I adore office supplies the way other people love shoes. In addition to my office supplies addiction, I have 3 children and had collected binders, paper, pens, etc. on sale for them for years.
Here’s the the thing. Only one of my children is still at home. I no longer need the same stock of school supplies that I needed a few years ago.
I was ruthless in decluttering all the excess office and school supplies that I had collected. When you’re decluttering, it helps to think about:
- If I let this go, who could put this item to use right now?
- Who would be happy to have this item rather than have it stored in a closet?
- What else can I do with the space this item is taking up?
- Does the decluttering 20-20 rule apply to this item?
I decluttered the contents of this box plus a bag of pencils and pens that I donated to teachers at my local school.
Sort Remaining Items
I sorted the remaining items in three ways:
- I grouped like items together. For example:
- All pens together.
- All spiral notebooks together.
- All sticky notes together, by size.
- I did this sort with all the offices supplies I kept.
- Then I sorted the items into groups of items I access most often.
- Items I use frequently were placed where they will be easiest to reach and access. This easiest-to-access area is most often shelves you can easily reach between your knees and shoulder height.
- I identified items that I access less often and could be placed in less convenient areas.
- Finally, I identified heavy items that should be placed on the bottom shelf. In this situation, the item was printer paper. The reams of paper are heavy and I don’t want them to fall on me. It make sense to place the reams on the bottom shelf.
I knew that I wanted to find a bookshelf that would fit in the awkward closet space. I wanted to maximize the vertical space, so I carefully measured the area and then began looking for the tallest bookcase I could find that would fit in the space.
I was thrilled to find this 4 shelf bookcase from Wayfair that fit in the vertical space with only about 2 inches to spare.
Containers create boundaries for the items inside. They are also uniform in shape and size so they are easy to stack, if needed. Bins and containers also look more visually cohesive. There are many containers designed to organize specific types of office supplies.
Once I selected the bookcase, I then began to look for sturdy containers that would fit on the shelves. It was important to me that the products be:
- Sturdy and well-made
- Be versatile
- Be pretty and coordinate with other storage bins that I already have.
You can read more about the home office organizing products I chose and the many ways that I can reuse each of the containers in the future.
It’s key to use containers to keep small and loose office supplies organized and neat.
Place items inside the container so that they’re easy to access. You don’t want a jumble of unidentifiable items. use smaller containers to separate and organize within the larger bin or box, if necessary.
Labeling containers is fundamental to being able to find office supplies easily. Labels also allow other users to find what they are looking for quickly (and without making a mess of your neatly organized home office supplies)
I was even able to repurpose a name badge holder that I found while decluttering to make the label for the green storage bin.
You can use items you already have to make handwritten labels or use a label maker, as I did for a uniform look.
Place Items Where They Make Sense
Plan where you will place office supplies so that they make sense in the way you use them in your home. Also, consider the weight of the items.
Place items that you need to grab quickly, such as sticky note pads, in open bins so that they are easy to grab-and-go. Place items that could spill out and are less frequently used in a container with a lid.
I’ve been using this newly rejuvenated office supplies closet for about a week now and it’s working beautifully for my family. All the planning, measuring and the right choice of products have paid off with my functional and pretty system to organize office supplies at home.
Be sure to save to Pinterest for later when you are organizing office supplies in your home office.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.
40 Creative Office Organization Ideas
Office gets super messy? Try these office organizing ideas to get your workflow under control!
Always on the lookout for simple DIY projects to upgrade your workspace? The good news is that there are tons of creative ideas for transforming your entire home office situation – without spending a fortune!
All you really need is a bit of creativity, resourcefulness… and a couple of items you can easily find at your local dollar store.
Not sure where to get started? Here are 20 office organization ideas to help you set up your dream workspace!
1. Add Storage Baskets to Shelves
The easiest way to maximize storage space around your home office? Add storage baskets to your shelves to organize the larger items that you can’t really seem to find a home for.
For all my storage needs, I absolutely love using storage baskets like the style you can find here.
The best part is that they come in a wide range of colors so you can pick the perfect color combination to match your décor theme – my top pick is beige!
2. Use Divider Trays in Drawers
Don’t you just hate it when you can’t seem to find the one thing you’re looking for? It’s even more frustrating when you open your drawers to see a huge cluttered mess!
The simple solution is to add a couple of plastic dividers or trays into your drawers to create your own separate compartments. I recommend grabbing a set of plastic organizers like the type you can find here.
They are cheap and sturdy.
3. Chalkboard Labels
Adding chalkboard labels onto all the storage containers around your office might seem like a simple idea, but it’s a total game-changer! It doesn’t just make everything look a lot tidier, but it also helps you maintain a cohesive aesthetic throughout your entire storage situation.
I highly recommend grabbing a set of chalkboard labels with a chalk marker here.
4. Transparent Plastic Boxes
Keep your shelves neat and tidy by sorting out all your larger items into large transparent plastic boxes. They also work incredibly well for storing papers and other important documents.
The best part is that they’re transparent so you know exactly where everything is! Here is a set of such plastic boxes for a cheap price.
5. Plastic Holders for Office Supplies
Upgrade your entire workspace situation by setting up a stationary station in any empty corner of the room!
Use large plastic storage containers to keep all similar items together and to sort out all your office supplies.
6. Pegboard Organizer
Adding a pegboard to any empty wall space around your home office is one of the best ways to maximize storage space.
It’s also an added bonus that mounting a white pegboard onto a wall in any room looks incredibly modern and chic.
For your home office, I’d recommend grabbing a pegboard with a sleek design like the one you can find here.
Although you really can’t go wrong with white, you could easily change up the color scheme with a coat of spray paint!
7. Paper Tray Organizer
If you don’t already own a paper tray… well, what are you waiting for? This is another small but life-changing addition to any workspace.
Besides taking up very little space wherever you choose to place it, they’re great for reducing the clutter that always seems to find its way onto your tabletop.
This paper tray organizer has a sleek design! So, check it out. Also, a paper tray organizer offers a good way to organize smaller items too.
8. IKEA KALLAX Shelf with Doors
The IKEA KALLAX shelf is a complete godsend for the ultimate DIY enthusiast. The best part is that it comes in a variety of size options so you can really choose the best version to meet all your storage needs.
What’s great about this unit is that you can easily create separate cabinets by adding doors and knobs onto it! I highly recommend grabbing a set of knobs with a modern but elegant design like the style you can find here.
This one would do great for organizing children’s room too!
9. Tote Organizer
A large tote bag isn’t just great for carrying items around. But, you can actually use one to increase storage space on your tabletop!
Use a tote bag in your home office to organize the items that you really can’t find a home for.
Where to find a cute tote for your home office? I absolutely love the sleek but functional design of the tote you can find here.
You could also just sew one up. Here are a few more sewing projects for organizing rooms!
10. Metal Buckets for Stationary
Looking for a simple way to organize your stationery? Just grab a set of tiny metal buckets to sort out all your stationery.
You can either place them on your tabletop or mount them onto a pegboard setup. I love using small metal buckets to store smaller items around the house!
Here are some of the colorful ones that you might like!
11. DIY File Organizer
Looking for a way to organize your files… without spending a fortune on a file cabinet?
You can easily make your own file organizer with a little DIY! All you need is a plastic container and a set of plastic dividers with tabs (the type you pop into a binder).
I recommend grabbing colorful plastic dividers like the set you can find here.
12. Makeup Storage Container for Stationary
Looking for a way to organize all the stationery on your tabletop? A makeup organizer actually works incredibly well for sorting all the smaller items lying around your workspace.
Not to mention, it’s a great way to organize the clutter that tends to build up in our drawers. I love using acrylic makeup storage cases to organize items on my tabletop like the one here!
If you want to check more makeup organization ideas, check this article here.
13. Rustic Mason Jars for Pens and Pencils
The easiest way to organize all your stationery? Use glass mason jars.
The best part about using mason jars is that you can easily decorate the jar to suit the aesthetic you’re going for!
For more of a rustic or vintage-inspired look, add a coat of white paint to your jar and use twine to decorate it. You can purchase Ball mason jars in bulk for a fantastic price here.
Mason jars are quite good for organizing anything. I’ve talked about using them for organizing the laundry room, bathroom, craft room, kitchen, and even fridge.
Thus, the possibilities are limitless!
14. Add a Muffin Tin into Drawers
Looking for a way to reduce the clutter in your drawers? Here’s the ultimate hack to save a couple of bucks on adding compartments to your drawers.
Instead of spending a fortune on plastic containers, just use a muffin tin!
15. Hanging Slatted Bed Base
A creative way to increase storage space in your home office? Keep the clutter off your tabletop and out of your drawers by mounting a slatted bed base onto the wall!
This is a super creative way to construct your own memo board or even just to display items on your wall. Not to mention, the exposed wood elements add an urban quality to your entire décor situation.
They’re not always easy to find but here’s one that’s very large. Can be useful if your office is small and you have quite a few things to organize.
16. IKEA FINTORP Series
You can easily assemble your own custom wall shelf by grabbing a couple of items from the IKEA FINTORP series.
Though it’s meant for the kitchen, it works incredibly well for maximizing storage space in any area around the house!
Hanging Memo Board
If you don’t already have a memo board on your wall – you’re seriously missing out!
You can use your memo board as a sleek way to display photos, or even to leave important notes and reminders for yourself.
There are a variety of memo boards to choose from here. They can truly suit any décor out there!
18. Utility Cart
Adding a utility cart to your home office is one of the easiest ways to maximize storage space! I recommend grabbing a cart with a sleek but functional design like the one here.
You can easily give your utility cart a complete makeover with a coat of spray paint. My top pick is either white or gold!
You can also add decorative pieces to your cart, such as a gorgeous floral arrangement or picture frames.
19. Magazine Holders
Got tons of documents or magazines just lying around? Grab yourself a couple of magazine holders and use labels to sort them!
Not to mention, it looks incredibly sleek when you place a couple of wire magazine holders side by side.
I highly recommend grabbing a set of wire magazine holders like the type you can find here – they look fantastic on any tabletop or shelf.
20. Storage Unit with Plastic Pull Out Drawers
When it comes to reducing clutter around your home office, it’s actually a great idea to invest in some sort of storage unit with pull-out drawers.
This will make it so much easier for you to get to whatever you’re looking for! I also suggest labeling the drawers so you know exactly where everything is.
21. Clear Divider Trays in Drawers
Have you ever been on the phone, and someone gives you important information that you need to jot down, only to open your desk and find clutter?
It’s super annoying, especially when you can’t find a working pen or a Post-it piece.
To declutter your drawer and avoid this situation from ever happening again, try using clear dividers on your drawers, like those I found here.
They come in different-sized compartments. Because they’re clear, it’s super easy for you to spot whatever piece of stationery you may need.
22. Aluminum Bulletin Boards
Every office, including your home office, needs a memo or bulletin board. Do away with the traditional corkboards and go for an exquisite and elegant look by using aluminum hobby boards.
You can get them in various designs and finishes to suit your office’s overall color scheme. I couldn’t find any from my local craft store, so I ordered a from here instead.
With just a few additions of thumbtacks and bits and bobs, I easily transformed the sheet into a wall-mounted organizer, memo board, and letter caddy.
23. Wire Rack Drawers
If your office desk doesn’t come with drawers, there’s a stylish and quick fix to that. Use wire racks instead.
They’re great for keeping papers, brochures, and other loose pieces in the office. If you are obsessed with color coordination like I am, click here to check out this stunning five-piece rose gold wire rack set.
This is a great way to organize paper clutter.
24. Transform Your Old Clipboards Into Memo Boards
Upcycle your kids’ study clipboards by turning them onto wall-mounted reminder boards or DIY calendars. All you need is paint to match your office’s theme and your creativity.
To maintain a cohesive color scheme on your wall, use a round corkboard, paint, or wrap it over with the same color you used on the clipboards. Attach a bit of elastic around it, and you have an instant corkboard to hold receipts, bills, or even photos.
My go-to metallic spray paints are available here. I love that they are available in six-pack varieties and can be used on pretty much any material or surface.
You can use these rope organizers with this one too!
25. Use Ring Binders to Store Important Paperwork
Binders are excellent tools for storing your receipts, manuals, warranty cards, car registrations, your family’s birth certificates, etc. Because they’re inexpensive, you can have a binder for each category.
Label them according to their category, and store them on the top shelves of your office. That way, they aren’t cluttering your everyday workspace, but they are easily accessible when you need them.
26. Decorative Wall-Mounted Document Pockets
Another ingenious way of organizing your documents is using docu-pockets that easily mount onto your wall. This space-saving solution works great if you have limited desk or storage space.
The first step is to buy a set of plain-colored document holders like the ones here, and then use your creativity to give an added decorative touch. I love labeling them, so I know exactly what is inside each pocket, making my daily tasks more efficient.
27. DIY Rope Basket Organizers
Organizing your office need not be expensive. You can create your organizers out of everyday household materials, like a rope.
It’s a fun DIY weekend bonding project that you can do with the entire family. All you need are your hot glue gun, scissors, yarn, and decorative ribbons.
Head on to this page for a full set of instructions, including photos.
28. De-Clutter Your Tech Accessories
In today’s digital age, it’s inevitable to have so many cords, chargers, and tech accessories. If these aren’t stored probably, they end up tangled in each other, making it extremely hard to find or eventually damaging it.
Use clear storage bins that come in different sizes like these, to hold your various-sized gadgets.
Another trick is to get yourself a craft organizer box like this, which is great for keeping earphones, USB sticks, batteries, and other small digital accessories. Craft boxes are great because they often come in transparent designs, making it incredibly easy for you to spot the item you need.
Check out more ways to organize small items!
29. Line Your Desk With Chalkboard Notes
Write your tasks on your desk, literally. Post-its are very handy, but if you’re anything like me, I always seem to lose them, no matter how many pads I buy.
Fortunately, I came across this really cool idea of sticking chalkboard sheets on to the desk. This way, I am sure not to lose my notes, and once done with the task, it’s easy to wipe it off to add a new one.
If you don’t know where to get your chalkboard paper, I recommended getting it from here. It comes in a roll of 120 sticker sheets, plus you also get a chalkboard pen with an eraser with the package.
30. Install a Pegboard Wall
To maximize your home office space and, at the same time, add a bit of your personal touch to it, create your pegboard wall. Don’t panic just yet, I’m not going to ask you to knock off your entire wall and replace it.
It’s easier than it sounds. All you need is a bunch of pegboards that fit the size of your office wall, paint, and other decors, and of course, your all-important creative mind.
The pegboard kit available here may be a great material to use, as it also comes with a couple of shelves and rods. All the pieces have a natural wood finish, making it super easy to customize it.
Check out more pegboard organizing ideas here.
31. Label Your Cables
In addition to organizing your cords and cables in clear bins like the idea we presented earlier, you can also label them, to avoid confusion regarding which cable belongs to what gadget.
There are so many ways of doing this, but my favorite is by using washi tape like these because they’re relatively inexpensive. They come in super cute colors and patterns.
Use a marker pen to label the washi tapes according to their respective gadgets the cords belong to.
32. Declutter Your Office Stationery With Over-the-Door Hanging Shoe Racks
If your office struggles with space, maximize your door’s use by converting plastic shoe racks into stationery organizers. They’re usually available at your local dollar shop, but if you can’t find any, order them here instead.
If you can’t use the door, you can also get an inexpensive mobile clothes to rack like this, which gives you more storage space, and you can place it beside your desk for better accessibility.
33. Use a Sliding Rack for Your Printer
Printers and their accessories can be an eyesore in the office. To make your office look clutter-free, use one of your cabinets to tuck your printer away neatly.
Install a pull-out shelf for the printer to stand on, so it’s easier to bring it out the next time you need it. You can use a standard pull out shelf from your local hardware stores.
You can also install one that is dedicated for use with computers and electronics, such as this one.
34. Corkboard From Head to Foot
Sometimes, a lot of visual cues are needed in the office. A single corkboard may not be enough, so why not go for a full-on, floor-to-ceiling corkboard?
If you don’t know it already, corkboards are also sold in rolls like this, so you are sure to find a length to cover your entire wall.
To store the rest of your office materials, such as posters, designs, or plans, roll them up and store them in round tall wicker baskets. Place these near the corkboard, so it’s easy to access when you need to pin one of them onto the wall.
35. Silicone Cup Office Organizers
Keep your office bits and bobs neatly organized and separate from each other by using things silicone muffin cups.
These cups are relatively cheap and come in different colors and sizes, and you will surely find one that suits your style.
Check out more Dollar Store storage ideas for cheaper here!
36. Use Spice Racks to Store Super Small Items
There are many creative office design ideas in this photo that you can easily adapt to your own office. My favorite is the upcycled spice rack.
If your business involves DIY jewelry, crafts, or sewing, this office organization hack can be very useful. Use them to store beads, needles, buttons, and so much more.
They’re transparent, making it easy for you to see what’s inside. They are also designed to be really accessible, making your day at the workspace so much more efficient.
37. Upcycle Old Containers to a Desk Accessory Set
Here’s another inexpensive way of organizing your desk space. If you have a lot of unused containers lying around at home, this may be the perfect project.
Apart from the containers, you will need a wooden board, spray paint of your choice, museum putty (like this), a glue gun, and a handsaw with a miter box.
38. Magnetic Glass Memo Board
If your office wall design is absolutely beautiful and placing a corkboard or a DIY memo board won’t do it justice, why not try a clear, glass magnetic whiteboard instead? That way, you can still make reminders and organize your stuff without ruining the gorgeous wall.
They’re not too expensive as they sound either. In fact, I found a relatively large one here that costs less than $40. Now, that’s not too bad for a chic-looking board.
39. Maximize Your Office’s Corner Spaces
This office hack is another one that brings kitchen materials to the office. This particular project uses corner dish racks lined with wooden sheets.
You can do something similar, but if you don’t have time to do the wooden lining, simply buy a black dish rack like this. Black goes with all color schemes, so you don’t even need to repaint or decorate it to match your office’s existing décor.
40. Add Color to Your Aryclic Desk Drawers
Add a more personalized and creative touch to your clear desktop drawers by decorating them with colors and patterns. It’s super easy to do, too.
All you need are some cardstock, scissors, a pencil, a sponge brush, and you’re good to go. The rest is up to your creative geniuses!
My KonMari Journey: Household Equipment – Stationery
Welcome to ‘My KonMari Journey’ series. Over the next few months I will be sharing my progress, as I make my way through the KonMari Method, based on the best-seller book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up‘ by Japanese organising enthusiast, Marie Kondo.
Today I am sharing – Household Equipment: Stationery
If you are new to my blog, Welcome! In case you missed it, be sure to read my Introduction and Getting Started post, so you know what the KonMari Method is all about and the reasons why I am doing it.
Also in this series:
In a nutshell, Marie Kondo has four rules she recommends people follow when doing the KonMari Method:
1. Tidy in one shot, as quickly and completely as possible.
2. Sort by category, not by location
3. Selection Criterion: Does it ‘spark joy?’
4. Order of tidying: Clothes, Books, Documents (Paper), Miscellaneous items (Komono), and Momentos (Sentimental)
As suggested in the book, I will start doing the KonMari Method with my own ‘stuff’ first, then I will work though the kids items, because I am too sentimental and would find it hard to part with their things right off the bat. I also need to get my head around this new process of de-cluttering, tidying and organising, so hopefully when it comes to purging my kids stuff, it will be a lot easier (well, let’s hope so).
The fourth category of the KonMari Method is KOMONO (Miscellaneous). Now for me, this category is probably bigger than the Paper category. Do you remember in my Introduction post, I mentioned I felt overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I had stored in containers sitting in my office, well majority of them fit into this category. I have containers of miscellaneous items – that I haven’t really touched for the past 3 years and includes stuff I have kept for over 10! This category may take some time, however I will be following Marie Kondo’s recommended order (see below) and will hopefully (fingers crossed) find a new home for everything and only “keep things because I love them, not ‘just because'” (Marie Kondo) – which is totally why I always rebound, and why I NEED the KonMari Method in my life.
Over the next couple of weeks or however long it takes me, I will be tackling Komono (miscellaneous items 1) which includes:
- CDs, DVDs
- Skincare products
- Valuables (passports, credit cards, etc)
- Electrical equipment and appliances (digital cameras, electric cords, anything that seems vaguely ‘electric’)
- Household equipment (stationery and writing materials, sewing kits, etc.)
- Household supplies (expendables like medicine, detergents, tissues, etc)
- Kitchen goods/food supplies
As always I will be keeping these three rules in mind when doing my purge:
1. Tidy in one shot, as quickly and completely as possible.
2. Sort by category, not by location
3. Selection Criterion: Does it ‘spark joy?’
Today I am sharing – Household Equipment: Stationery
Please note: the ‘Household Equipment’ sub-category of the Komono category is going to be split into two separate posts. The first (this post) is going to focus on Stationery supplies e.g. pens, pencils, felts, and office supplies. The second will be all about Craft supplies, including paper used for craft, which I will share (possibly) next week.
I knew this category was coming and as a stationery addict + teacher, I was really dreading it! Before I even started, I went to my office and started corralling ALL of my stationery supplies together – this included putting ALL pens, pencils, highlights, vivids etc into a box and any other ‘office supplies’ in another. I pulled a few things out of my teacher resources – note: I will be doing my teacher resources as a separate category at the end of the Komono. I was not surprised by the quantity of pens etc I owned because in my years of teaching, I have bought many items for my classroom myself (life of a teacher).
So after an about half an hour going through the office and walking around the home – THIS IS MY BEFORE PHOTO! All of my writing supplies and stationery/office supplies all in one place! eek! It might not look like much but both of those boxes are over half full of ‘stuff’.
So let’s get started!
Like I mentioned before I am addicted to stationery. I have to be honest, it is my weakness…even more so as a teacher. I am always purchasing new pens, highlighters, felts (especially Sharpies) and I have a collection of whiteboard markers and vivid markers too.
Now, some of you may remember I did a purge of my pens etc just last month as part of the #31Days2GetOrganised challenge (I shared a photo of my IG and Facebook), well that purge obviously did not include my ‘office’ stuff.
Here it is! All my writing supplies…scattered in a BIG mess on my lounge floor! CRAZINESS! Let’s do this!
Following Marie Kondo’s rule ‘Sort by category’…that is exactly what I did, so I could see the full magnitude of what I had and there was A LOT! Pens, felts, gel pens, highlighters, pencils, vivids, Sharpies, Highlighters, Whiteboard markers and even TWINK (white-out). I took a deep breath and started with one pile and worked my way through everything.
I held EACH and EVERY pen etc to see if it sparked joy and also to see if it actually worked or not. It didn’t matter if it sparked joy or not, if it didn’t work – it was straight in the bin or it was put in the ‘purge/donate’ pile. Here’s the proof! Pretty right?
After about an hour…I DID IT! I went through the massive pile of pens etc…and this is what I was left with! WOOHOO!
In the white pen holder are a selection of pens that belong in our family centre (by our calendar & bills), next to that are all our new felt tips…for special drawing and colouring – they are stored in the family centre, away from Toddler hands. In the mint pen holder, I have my special pens/gel pens – this belongs in my office. The bright pens on the left are my partner’s work pens…(they will be returned to his work this week) and the pens on the right are stored in the 3 drawer unit, along with the pencils, vivids (I have one of each colour + 2 black) and highlights (one of each colour), and my whiteboard markers, (again – one of each colour). I store all of my Sharpies in the pencil case and take this with me to PlayCentre & School.
On the left are the pens for our family centre and on the right, these are my pens for the office.
I am only keeping what is on the left. The rest are being purged/donated/binned.
It feels good to get rid of so many pens, pencils, vivids, & highlighter (plus sharpeners + rulers). I know other people will benefit from having these in their schools/centres/homes.
I had a lot of pens and markers that were all dried up or the tips were damaged. Some even sparked joy and then I was disappointed because they didn’t work, so I had to let them go. I filled a plastic shopping bag of pens and markers.
Once I had finished with my writing supplies…I got stuck into my stationery/office supplies – this included: scissors, staplers, hole punches, tape, sticky pads, glue, pins, pegs, clips, rulers and more. This was very overwhelming – I kept asking myself WHY? WHY? WHY? As a teacher, I am constantly collecting supplies, losing supplies and buying supplies I don’t necessarily need.
It doesn’t look like I have purged much does it?…but I did. I promise. In the white drawer unit (pictured top right) is where I store all of my staples (office & gun stapler), pins, and paper clips.
I was amazed at how many scissors and glue sticks I owned. I keep a pair of scissors in our family centre, first aid kit, utility drawer in the kitchen, and a couple of pairs with our craft supplies (including a pair of fabric scissors) – having them in these areas, saves time on hunting for scissors when you need them and the same goes for glue sticks. I am looking forward to doing some collage stuff with my kids in the next few weeks, especially with Easter just around the corner. As for the tape – some of them belong to my partner and the rest are good for organising/labelling items, so I will hold on to them until I have completed my KonMari journey.
Now I just need to figure out how and where I am going to organise/store my stationery supplies/ items. All I know is most of it will be going in my office, but I need YOUR HELP, I need some inspiration. How do YOU store your stationery/office supplies? Comment below or better still, please send me photo – I would be forever grateful. You can contact me HERE.
What a mammoth task that was! It feels SO great to only have kept items I love and that spark joy. Now I know what I have, I can use these items more regularly and best of all, I know where they are and will hopefully stop buying duplicates of everything.
Next: ‘My KonMari Journey’ – Komono: Household Equipment – Crafts
Please note: The Komono (Miscellaneous) category has several sub-categories, so I will be sharing a post for most of them. Watch this space or Subscribe to my Blog, so you don’t miss a post.
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If you would like to give the KonMari Method a go, and you don’t have the book – Here is a checklist of the fourth category – KOMONO (Miscellaneous items 1) . Click the image below and Save/Print. You can also view my previous checklists HERE.
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How to Organize Office Supplies
The pandemic has been hard on all of us. Least of all because of the work from home that we all have had to do. Working from the comfort of my bed seemed like a fun thing to do initially, but as time went on, I realized that I needed a proper workstation. Otherwise, my back would kill me.
I also noticed that I could never get the hang of my pens, pencils, staplers, and markers when I needed them. And when a couple of Zoom meetings literally “zoomed” by without me having my trusty pen to take important notes, I realized I had to do something.
Therefore, I decided to make some changes and get my office supplies organized. Here are the fruits of my labor on how to organize office supplies. Hopefully, it will help you get organized too!
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How To Organize Office Supplies: Getting The Right Work Desk
One of the most important secrets in organizing your office is to get the right work desk. Because I live in a small home, my desk is situated at a small corner in the room, where I also store an extra bed for guests. This means that I have minimal space to fit in things. But I am one of those people who needs to have all her office supplies within handy reach, so drawers were a good option for me. Below are a few aspects that I looked at before getting the perfect work desk for myself.
Related article: 12 Inspiring Home Office Ideas For Small Spaces.
It goes without saying, but the size has to fit in the space that you have. Secondly, watch out for the height of the desk. You have to make sure that your arms are perpendicular to the desk while typing while your feet are touching the ground with your legs at a 90-degree angle. So, depending on your work chair, there is a perfect height range in which your desk has to fit.
As I said, I need a lot of space where I can keep my markers, pens, pencils, stapler, and all my other office supplies close by. So I needed a table that had a large drawer or shelf space in it.
I know it doesn’t matter to many people, but it does to me. Every piece of furniture blends in with an overall theme of chocolate brown and light brown in my home, and my work desk was no different.
While my workspace was limited, it was enough for me to get a non-folding desk. If you have very limited space, I suggest you try a folding desk.
Office Supply Organization: Dividers
Since I opted for a corner desk with only shelves, I decided I had to organize that shelf space into smaller units. Therefore, I chose to purchase some multi-purpose kitchen drawer dividers I could place in bigger and stackable storage boxes. This helped me to make separate compartments for each item of use.
I decided to divide the space into two sections. The first one had four large vertical units – for my pens, pencils, markers, and staplers. The second one also had four smaller squarish units for my pins, paper clips, erasers, and staples.
If you don’t have the luxury of drawer space, I suggest getting wall organizers, which can do the same job for you on your nearby wall.
Related article: Organizing Paperwork: Best Ways To Organize Paper Clutter
Office Supply Organization: Labels
Now that I had the shelf space neatly divided into units of different shapes and sizes, it was time to bring out my trusty label maker. I am a bit of a label enthusiast, and I keep trying to put labels throughout the house on everything I own.
My work desk, of course, was no different. Keeping things labeled helps you see your supplies, and especially when one section clears out, it helps you remember what is missing when you go out the next time for supplies.
Organizing A Small Desk
Lack of space does not have to mean that you can’t keep office supplies handy.
There might be many items, such as your pending bills or older reports you only need once a month. Get a separate space to store these items (such as a box), and just bring the box to your desk when you need it.
Throw Away Junk
That pen you got at the renaissance fair five years ago? Ya, maybe it’s time to throw it out. Make sure that you keep only the most important things that you need within your reach. Discard everything apart from your top two or three pens. Similarly, if you don’t need it, keep everything except two-color markers in a separate location.
Remove Non-Work Items
You know what I mean – the food containers, empty cans of diet soda, bottle caps, and everything that has nothing to do with work. All of it has to go. Throw it all out, or if you only sometimes need it, store it someplace else.
You will need a charging station for your laptop, mobile, tablet, and everything else that you need while you are working. My work desk was in full sight of the hallway, therefore I searched for a beautiful wooden charging station that would look nice as well.
Related article: How To Declutter Electronics in 10 Steps Another good thing that I did was to get these cable ties. They helped me organize and bind together all the wires out of view to prevent my work desk from looking cluttered.
What If You Don’t Have a Desk?
First of all, let me tell you from personal experience if you are working from your bed or a chair or something else, get a desk. You might be causing irreparable damage to your spinal cord.
Working long hours in an ergonomically sub-optimal position can cause many problems in the back and neck. That said, I do understand the pleasures of working from your bed or your favorite recliner. If you are planning to do so, it would be best to have your favorite office supplies next to you. Here are some ways you can do this:
- Bookshelves: If you have a bookshelf that’s not filled to the brim, you can use the partially utilized space to organize and store office supplies.
- Bins: Small containers or bins used in the kitchen are also great for organizing office supplies. You can get them in many shapes and sizes to suit your needs.
- Kitchen drawer: You can always use a nice empty kitchen drawer to create a makeshift office supplies depot.
How To Organize Office Supplies – Wrap Up
Organizing your office supplies at home can be easy if you apply a little bit of creativity and imagination. Just use some of the ideas I have shared above. Do let me know of your experiments in the comments section below.
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About the author
Esther is a mother of a six-year-old boy and she has been living in a small home for most of her life. Therefore, she has had many years of experience with the need to break through the Clutter Cycle, in order to enjoy her home and family.
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Easy to Follow Step to Organize Stationery in Workstation
There are many reasons why a workplace should be properly organized and planned with the right furniture, accessories, and all the essentials. An organized workplace is a hub for productivity and eliminates the stress from the workplace. Especially if you are looking for ways to organize desks in the workplace, you need to start with the basic steps and then move forward.
Organization in the workplace covers many aspects such as organizing stationery, cleaning the mess, organizing the wires behind the desk, and using multiple accessories such as filing cabinets to avoid document clutter. To manage stationery in an office might seem like a tiring job, but when you have to use the items and place them back each day, most of us feel a sense of irritation. It is important to get essentials like a desk organizer or desk drawers to make things work.
Moreover, this article will cover some of the easy hacks and creative tips to organize office supplies at work.
How to Organize Office Supplies
When you use stationery every day in the office, you will see a clutter of items piling up at the end of the desk. Not only is this clutter untidy to look at, but it is a waste of time and efficiency. And wait until you need a small stationery item right amid an important call; you will find yourself losing patience and getting irritated over the mess you thought you had a hold of.
This is why it is important to follow a series of steps and tricks that ensure your workstation stationery is as organized as it could be. Keep reading to create a nicely organized workplace for you.
Do your Research
This is where the fun begins. Before you get started with the stationery setup, make sure to do your research completely. Start by finding out the office supplies you will need to organize the stationery items. Then look upon them and find the cheapest yet most versatile option for you online.
Keep or Discard
Make this keep or discard approach an important part of life, and soon you will experience positive energy and better organization in your life. Excessive clutter is a source of stress, and not many of us realize this fact. Start by laying out all the stationery items right in front of you, and then make a section of items you need to keep and the ones you need to discard. If you have many loads of items, then donating some to charity is always a good idea.
To transform something ordinary into art is both fun and challenging. And a little décor in your workplace can be a serious boost for productivity. Pick some old cardboard boxes and paint them with attractive colors. Get an old mug and make it into a pen holder. You can also transform an old tissue box into something cool and fun. Just be imaginative about ideas and have fun.
Separate into Sections
This is a helpful tip to organize stationery that will not only bring organization but also avoid clutter in the workplace. Classify your stationery according to the order of usage and keep the relevant items together. For instance, you can create categories like:
- Use on a daily basis.
- Use at least once a week.
- Twice to thrice a week
- Almost never use
- I have no idea why this is on my desk.
Even though you throw away the last one, the other four can be used and placed depending on the level of proximity to your workstation.
Use Random Items for Organization
You might have heard about random items being used as bookmarks, and most of them do the job even better than the said product. A random product can be much more useful as it will save you money and make the useless things lying around the house for work. Here are some random items you can bring into the stationery organization spree:
- Mason jars as pencil holders
- Take clear shoe organizers to align and keep the documents safe
- Use tackle boxes to organize stationery supplies and office equipment
- Old cardboard boxes to store rubber bands and small supplies
- Use an old sponge to hold in thumb pins
Get the Right Desk
The selection of the appropriate workstation is the first step in the office supplies organization procedure. You’ll want a desk that fits your working space and allows you to store all of your important office materials. If you work from home, look for a workstation that gives you more bang for your buck.
To begin, make sure the desk has enough storage for all of your necessary stationery. If not, you can buy a filing cabinet or desk organizer to store items. That doesn’t mean you should get one that’s the size of a cupboard. It should, however, be large enough to accommodate your storage needs as well as your personal computer.
If you own a desk drawer, then half of your clutter management can be considered solved. To organize a stationery drawer, you can use multiple tips and tricks and play with the bunch of ideas one can find online. A great way to organize a stationery drawer is to do a DIY cardboard partition to create tiny boxes for each supply type.
This will ensure that none of your stationery supplies mix and intermingle with each other. Such cardboard partitions are ideal for small paper clips, thumb pins, rubber bands, and erasers.
Get A Label Maker
Purchase an easy-to-use label maker. Take the time to name everything, including baskets, boxes, shelves, and drawers. Not only will you be capable of remembering where you put things when you’re done with them, but you’ll also be able to remember where you put them while you’re not using them. However, it will simplify others to locate, use, and return items to their proper locations.
Use Old Plastic Containers
If your supply closet resembles a battleground, it will only worsen if you don’t clean it up. You’ll find craft supplies, old mail, additional wiring, and everything else you need in your supply closet.
If your closet doesn’t have any shelves, it’s a good idea to add some. Plastic containers can keep comparable goods together, such as stationery in one container and documents in another.
90,000 Office supplies to help organize your workflow
The choice of office supplies can be overwhelming. Some of them are essential for the day-to-day running of any business – for example, paper, toner, pens and pencils. The rest are interesting but usually unnecessary gadgets. There is also a group of office supplies that allows you to organize and improve your work, at https://happypen.com.ua you can find everything you need for successful office work.According to experts, due to the chaos and lack of order in documents and on the desk, work efficiency is reduced by several tens of percent!
Paper stickers are a hit among office supplies. However, few people know how to use them wisely. Writing everything down on sheets of paper and sticking it to the monitor and table creates even more chaos and … degrades memory. The brain declares that what has been written down can be forgotten, and in the sticky mess, the task to be done is lost among others.
It is worth preparing a board made of plexiglass, cardboard, glass and draw a weekly or monthly calendar on it. Then stick the cards with the tasks listed in the right places, and deliberately remove them every day when the goals are achieved.
Notes can also be inserted into your calendar or planner. They are great as a reminder of important information contained in the contract – you must stick a piece of paper with the written down on the T-shirt.
Self-adhesive cards are also available in a narrow version.They will work like bookmarks. You have to attach them in the right places – it is also worth writing on the protruding parts what they refer to so that it is easier for you to search!
Markers make it easy to find the most important information throughout the text. They will be useful for preparing notes for management, for a presentation to a team, or for improving a draft of a letter or marketing script.
Push pin and pin board
Cork boards are a hit not only in youth rooms.They’re great for organizing work too! They can be used to store your most important phone numbers, to-do lists, and to monitor team work.
The array can be divided into sectors – for example, using strings – and made it a weekly or monthly planner, attaching cards with goals for each day. It’s worth trying to use the opportunities it offers!
Book binders are essential in every office. However, the entire shelf in blue or green does not help to fight chaos at all.In order for the division of documents to make sense, they first of all need to be described along the fronts. It is also worthwhile that each department or each time period – quarter, half year, week – be assigned a color. Then you need to arrange them alphabetically, by date or number on the shelves to quickly find the documents you need most.
The subtleties of the correct purchase of stationery for the office
Purchasing the necessary office supplies is not as easy as it might seem at first glance.
The responsible employee has to take into account many nuances in order for the company to work efficiently.
It is important here to correctly calculate the amount of stationery, establish regular deliveries and monitor the high quality of products. For this to work, it’s important to follow some tips and make a list of the items you need most.
Wholesale stationery can be ordered from the Bureaucrat company. This online store offers a wide range of high quality goods with delivery in Moscow and Moscow region.
Recommendations for the correct purchase
Any organization has a certain turnover of documents and its own office work, which require certain little things. To properly plan the order of office supplies, you need to collect a complete list and the exact number of items. At the same time, you cannot neglect such tips:
- It is better to give preference to branded products with medium and high prices (cheap products are often of low quality).
- All positions should be bought from one company.
- It is more optimal to carry out orders through special online stores, for example, “Buroshop”, where you can buy a high quality glue stick, and much more.
In order not to have to explain for overspending, you should calculate the budget in advance.
Along the way, it is worth regularly replenishing the office supplies, without waiting until all the supplies run out.
Important! Often, to support their own brand, employees order office supplies in corporate shades. Such a move can raise the corporate spirit and improve the visual perception of the company from the side of clients.
Secrets of choosing a product for the office, as well as drawing up a list of it
Before shopping, it is important to understand how much stationery will be required for a given number of employees. Along the way, it is equally important to make a list of the essentials.
This may include: A4 office paper, writing utensils, proofreaders, staplers, folders, and more. In any case, products should be selected based on the specifics of the work of each employee, and the business as a whole.
It is best to buy branded products. The Silverhoff brand is considered an excellent example, as its products are made on the basis of technologies and materials of European and Asian level.
You can save a company’s budget without losing quality if you make a list of the necessary office supplies, follow it exactly, and also order goods in bulk from a good supplier.
90,000 Office supplies purchase: how to organize the process
Stable office work largely depends on little things, including such as regular supply of stationery. Malfunctions in the organization of this process can lead to downtime, which means the loss of part of the company’s profits. In order to prevent such consequences, it is important to provide employees with the necessary office supplies in a timely manner.
Formation of an application
As a rule, in organizations, the personnel department or office manager purchases goods for the office. The responsible person draws up an application, which is formed monthly. It indicates the exact amount and type of stationery required. At the same time, there is no special template for such an application, so each organization develops its own template.
In order to provide the entire office with the necessary products for stable operation, the person in charge collects information on the need for office supplies by department.The consumption of such goods is largely influenced by the specifics of a particular department. The easiest way is to collect such information to form an application by e-mail, and later consolidate it into a common document.
Purchase of products
It is difficult to do without office supplies not only in the framework of normal office work, but also at planning meetings, presentations, and meetings. Therefore, it is important to take this moment into account when forming a procurement list. Typically, a standard stationery inventory includes pens, an eraser, markers, paper, pencils, paper clips, staplers, etc.n. Consumables for equipment are also a significant element for monthly purchases.
The easiest way is to purchase the appropriate products in specialized stores. Wholesale parties are often significantly cheaper, and cooperation on an ongoing basis will allow you to save even more and make the procurement process more comfortable. An excellent option for supplying stationery to the office can also be buying them online. This method is much more convenient, because you can place an order right at your workplace.In addition, the person in charge will be able to immediately receive detailed information on each product, as well as, if necessary, seek advice from the resource managers.
Note that when organizing the process of purchasing stationery, it is better to create a certain reserve that can be used in unforeseen situations – if the volume of work has increased, there are problems with delivery, etc.