Okay, so maybe you don’t have the time or energy to work from the kitchen table. But that doesn’t mean your home office has to be a disaster. With a few strategic upgrades and some creative organization tips, anyone can transform their home workspace into a productive and stylish place to get stuff done.
Don’t forget about your computer’s desktop.
You may have a chaotic work area, but don’t forget to make sure your desktops are clear of clutter. If you’re like most people, you’ve got files and icons scattered all over them. And if you’re like most people who do this, it’s only going to be that much harder for someone else—like a client or coworker—to see what’s there when they need it.
You can keep things organized by getting rid of unused files and deleting old ones, not saving unnecessary files on the desktop (and instead putting them in their proper folders), keeping as little clutter as possible on your desktop while working so that it remains free of excess papers and notes, not placing anything else on top of the screen itself (such as coffee cups), using an external monitor instead of having all three screens visible at once–all these things will help keep things clean looking without taking away from productivity too much.
Organize your paper piles.
Another way to keep your paper clutter under control is to use a paper shredder. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the papers you have to keep track of, so having an easy way to destroy them can be a huge help. A good shredder will save you time and make sure nothing important falls into the wrong hands.
One method that works well for me is keeping important documents in a filing cabinet (or several). I have one for each room in my house with files labeled by room: Home Office, Kitchen, Bathroom etc.. This keeps things organized so I know where everything is when I need it.
Also consider using desk organizers such as trays or boxes on top of your desk for holding smaller items like pens or pencils, paperclips and things like that which tend not stay put otherwise! You may also want something like wall organizer/file holder for hanging files from hooks above your desk so they’re always visible without taking up valuable real estate on top!
Don’t be afraid of a little DIY.
No matter what you’re working on, there’s a good chance that you can make it yourself. If you have the right tools and materials, making things yourself can be an inexpensive way to express your creativity and get exactly what you want. It’s also an easy way to save money in the long run by avoiding expensive upgrades.
We encourage people at all levels of skill to try their hand at DIYing their home office organization projects—and if they’re not sure where to start, we have some tips below!
Make your office feel like home.
We’ve all heard that you should decorate your office with things that bring you joy. I can’t think of a better way to do this than with photos, plants and furniture you love. Your home office is where you spend more of your waking hours than anywhere else in the house—and since it’s not very big, it makes sense to make it feel like a space you want to spend time in.
If possible, hang some family photos on the walls—these might be images from vacations or parties or even just snapshots from everyday life at home with loved ones. You could also buy frames for old photos (maybe ones that weren’t good enough quality to frame before?), print out digital photos and put them up on the wall as well! If there isn’t room for anything else on those shelves above your desk other than your computer monitor(s) and keyboard(s), try hanging some decorative hooks instead: they’ll allow you easy access while still adding something nice to look at when not working hard at work!
Find spaces to feature favorite trinkets and toys.
- Use a coffee table to display items that are meaningful to you.
- Create a wall of fame for your favorite photos.
- Display your favorite books.
- Use a bookshelf as a display case for collectibles, such as vases, figurines and awards.
- Use shelves to display your collection of mugs and other small items on shelves in the kitchen or living room.
Add colorful accents to bookcases, desks, and built-ins.
The best way to add color to your office is with accents, such as pillows and art.
- Match your bookcases and built-in desks with the rest of the room. If you’re trying to match up a desk or bookcase that was not originally part of the space, try using lines from other elements in the room as a starting point.
- Use colors that complement your office’s existing palette. While this can be tricky if you’re just getting started re-designing an office, consider using neutral colors on large surfaces like walls and flooring while keeping smaller items bright and colorful (like pillows). This will help create a cohesive space without overwhelming it with too much color at once!
- Create focal points by surrounding them with darker shades than their background will help highlight them within any given room without making it appear overly busy—this works especially well when working in small spaces where there’s often little else besides furniture taking up visual real estate!
Repurpose items for storage purposes.
This can be done in a variety of ways.
- If you have old containers or baskets that are no longer useful for their original purpose, consider repurposing them as storage containers.
- You could also buy any number of cheap plastic or wire baskets in bulk online. The less expensive they are, the more likely that they will become obsolete and you’ll have to replace them before long anyway. So go ahead and stock up!
- Old trays can also be used as bases for shelves; just place them on top of your desk or workspace (or wherever space permits) and add some books, papers or other items on top. This makes it easier to organize things under the tray since everything is within easy reach without requiring much effort on your part—just lift the tray up when you need access!
- Look around your house for other ideas such as crates that could be turned into storage boxes using an empty cereal box (cut out one side), old drawers from an old bureau purchased at a garage sale…the possibilities are endless!
You can make your home office organized and cute!
If you’re like most people, your home office is probably a little messy. Let’s fix that!
A great way to start is by making sure you have everything you need in order to get your work done. This means having the right tools for the job—you don’t want to be forced into going out of your way because you can’t find something important. The next step is organizing all of those tools so they’re easy to find when needed. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my years working in an office, it’s that organization breeds productivity; if all your files are properly filed and labeled, it will be much easier for anyone who needs access them (including yourself) than if they weren’t organized at all. Once everything has been sorted into its proper place, set up some sort of filing system so that even when things aren’t being used right now (like every person who works at home knows), they can easily be retrieved later on down the line when they’re needed again without having first been located individually within their respective drawers or cabinets.”
If you follow these tips, your home office organization can get a whole lot better. You’ll be able to keep things in order and find what you need when you need it. Plus, your office will feel more like home!