Working from home is becoming much more common these days! So creating an office space that is both inviting and organized is so important. You don’t want to waste half of your day searching for everything you need to get your job done. Using the best home office organization tools will ramp up your productivity while working from home!
Keep reading for a detailed list of 19 of the best home office organization products and tips that you can use in your office to get everything organized.
1: Inbox/Outbox Mail Organizer
If you are working from home or have a business at home and receive and send mail for business purposes. You need to get a simple inbox/outbox. This inbox/outbox unit hangs on the wall and takes up very little space in the office.
There are also desk organizers if you want to have the inbox and outbox within reach. However, they do take up valuable space on a desk.
2: Monitor Riser
This computer monitor shelving unit provides a lifted space to put your monitor on. It could also be used to hold your laptop if you are using an external keyboard.
It allows for storage space under the riser but also includes space for business cards, pens, pencils, calculators, small notepads, and other small items along the sides.
3. Cabinet with Drawers
These Winsom Halifax storage units have 5 drawers and wheels. The 5 drawers provide plenty of storage for pens, pencils, notepads, paperclips, push pins, and plenty more.
The top can be used to hold your printer and the printer paper can be stored in a drawer. The wheels allow the unit to be moved easily to another area in the room. Such as closer to your desk when you need to quickly grab items from the drawers while working.
4. Filing Cabinet(s)
This two-drawer filing cabinet will be perfect for storing files that need to be kept permanently. Many personal files do not need to be kept long term, but business files may need to be kept for up to 7 to 10 years.
If you have a closet in your office, this is a great space to put your filing cabinet(s). As they are often not the prettiest items to have out on display. They are usually not too deep, so fit really well into a closet.
Filing cabinets also come in different sizes to fit your business needs. They start at 2 drawers and go up to 5 drawers. Some of the smaller filing cabinets have wheels so that you can easily move them around and out of the way.
Also, make sure to get some hanging file folders and file folder labels to easily store paperwork and be able to find it quickly. Some filing cabinets support letter size folders and others only support legal size folders. So make sure that you get the right size for your filing cabinet.
Sorting the files in alphabetical order is the easiest filing method. However, you could also separate your files based on the timeframe that you need to keep the documents.
So long term filing could go in one drawer or cabinet. Then create a separate area for files that can be shredded soon or that you need access to often.
5. Desk with Drawers
Having a nice desk to work at with everything set up at arm’s reach is a must. Then you are set up and ready to get working each day.
Creating a space that mimics what would be provided in an actual work office will make sure that you are organized and motivated to get working.
Having drawers in the desk is also a necessity. Your home office may be small and you will need all of the organization opportunities possible.
The desk is already in the room, so making use of the space under the desk with drawers will provide the best organization solution and you can keep frequently used tools (pens, pencils, calculator, etc.) close by. As well as any important files that you need to access regularly or that need to be actioned quickly.
6. Drawer organizers
It is easy to throw things into the desk drawers and lose them as they roll towards the back. So getting proper drawer organizers that fit everything you need to store in there will keep items in place and make them quick to grab when you need them.
These bamboo drawer organizers are made to hold silverware in the kitchen. But they will work well in your office desk drawers as well! They can be expanded to fit larger drawer spaces and will keep pens, pencils, staplers, post-it notes, and much more organized and in place.
This organizer has 9 spaces, but you can also buy them with 5 or 7 spaces to meet your organizing needs.
If your drawer space is on the smaller side, these organizing trays also work very well. They have non-slip pads on the bottom so that they don’t move around in the drawer. Plus they can be placed in whatever orientation you want to use the space most effectively.
One final option is these drawer separators. They expand to fit snugly into any drawer. And can be spaced out as far or as close as you need, based on what you are storing in the drawers.
7. Large shelving unit or bookcase
A tall shelving unit is the best use of any size space, as it uses the height of the room, from floor to ceiling. This can be used for storing books, textbooks, items that you sell, a printer, paper, and much more.
Get some fabric bins to store paper, notebooks, and any unsightly items. Put a label on the outside of each of the bins, so that you know what is inside.
Since books, particularly textbooks, can be pretty heavy, put them on the bottom shelf. Then work up based on the weight and frequency of use. Items that aren’t used as often can go on the top shelf.
8. Desk calendar for organizing commitments
Desk calendars are great because they are often quite large and provide plenty of space in each date box to write important appointments, meetings, and tasks.
9. Large dry-erase wall calendar
You may not want a calendar on your desk because at times it can get in the way of using your mouse or writing tasks. In which case, you may be interested in getting a wall calendar instead.
These dry-erase wall calendars are perfect, since the date spaces are as large as what you would get on the desk calendar, but since they are dry-erase, they can be used forever! No paper will be wasted.
You can also attach little bins to store your dry-erase markers, erasers, and anything you may need to use with your wall calendar.
10. Label maker
A label maker provides a quick way to label all of your files and describe what is in the drawers and bins. Which will save a considerable amount of time in your day, as you won’t be searching all over for what you need.
11. Cable organizers
These cable sleeves work well for concealing all of the different cables required for computers, printers, cellphones, etc. This keeps them from laying all over the floor in a jumbled mess. It keeps them together and looks neat and organized.
12. Phone & tablet charging station
Instead of struggling to find somewhere to plug in all of your chargeable electronic devices so that they don’t lose power. Having a charging station keeps everything in one place and within reach.
13. Whiteboard for organizing thoughts
If you already have a dry-erase calendar, these whiteboards would be great to install beside the calendar. They both work with the same dry-erase markers and you would only need one organizing bin to hold the markers and erasers.
White boards are great to work through your thoughts when trying to solve a work problem or even just writing down the important meetings or tasks for that day.
14. Cork bulletin board for pinning important documents
A cork bulletin board is another item that could be installed on the same wall as the white board and calendar. It is a place to store important documents that have been printed out, flyers, and business cards.
Bulletin boards can also hold special non-work related items, like pictures of family, or pictures that your kids drew for you. This will keep your spirits up throughout the day as you work.
15. Paper Planner
The Erin Condren LifePlanner™ works well for any situation in life. It can work for tracking personal appointments and tasks but it also works well for business-related tasks.
There is plenty of space to write down important notes and appointments so that you can keep everything organized in one space.
For a thorough review of the Erin Condren LifePlanner™, check out my other post here, where I walk through my LifePlanner for 2021.
16. Label your cables
This can be done with a label maker or just masking tape labeled with what the cord is connected to. It may seem easy enough to just follow the cable up, but often wires get all twisted together and it can make it challenging to figure out what it is connected to.
If you are wanting to unplug a certain electronic item, it’s easier to just read which cable is the correct one to remove.
It’s also helpful if you often leave the cables plugged in but remove the electronic devices. Then when you go to plug them back in, you know exactly which cable belongs to that electronic device.
17. Paper shredder
A paper shredder is a must! This is important even for personal documents, as there may be information that could be stolen if your paperwork gets into the wrong hands.
Business documents are even more important to store and dispose of properly, as legal and financial data in particular, could be quite harmful if taken by a malicious person.
Most paperwork isn’t necessary to keep long term.
For some business paperwork, you may be required to keep it up to 7 to 10 years. However, most other bills that have been paid and reconciled with the bank statement can be shredded.
Paperwork can quickly become overwhelming, so it is important to keep up to date on filing and shredding.
18. Over the door organizer
These over the door organizers are typically made for holding shoes, but they can be used for so many different items. The great thing is, often the sections have a clear front so that you can easily see what is stored inside.
You could hang this on the closet door or the door entering the room or both. Use these to store items such as extra cables, pens, pencils, staplers, hole punchers, small notepads, headphones, extra computer equipment and so much more.
19. Unit to keep cables above the desk
This desk grommet comes with a hole saw so that you can easily create a hole in the top of your desk to pull the cables through. If necessary, use the cable ties to keep the cables together.
In addition to labeling the cables towards the plug, they should also be labeled above the desk, so that when you unplug your electrical devices, you know exactly which cable belongs to that device.
Working from home, whether by choice or not, should feel comfortable and as organized as working in the office. Making some small changes can make your office organized and increase your productivity.
You will no longer have to search around for that pen or more paper for your printer. You will know exactly where to go to find everything.
I hope this post has helped you get your office organized and you can now focus on getting your work done!
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