Office organization does not have to be hard or take a ton of time. Use these quick tips and tricks to help you get your home office in order to allow for more productivity.
Office Organization Tips
It’s easy for any desk in the house to be a depository for anything work-related or any kind of paper, for that matter. With that said, we wanted to share some tips on how to create an organized office space as well as some tips on how to keep it organized.
Before we shared these tips, we should note that having a more organized work space allows for more productivity and less wasted time. Making sure you have items in your work area that allow for organization is key, and we will share some of our favorite products for that in a bit.
To begin, here are some of our top tips for office organization. And remember, this does not have to be done overnight. We recommend making this an ongoing process so that your space is de-cluttered and re-organized as often as possible.
Declutter Your Office SpacE
The first thing to do when organizing is to de-clutter and get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in that space. Throw away the trash, shred the unnecessary papers and move anything off your desk that is not being used. It’s just creating more of a mess and distraction from work.
We recommend having a paper shredder and trash can nearby so that you can continue to de-clutter weekly or even daily when needed.
2. Office Space Set up
To work in the most effective way, we suggest setting things up the best way. Place the items and tools most used close by. If you don’t need certain items as often, you can put these in drawers or other areas of the office. Only keep the items you need daily on or in your desk.
Drawers, filing cabinets, shelves, bins and other items can be used in your set up and should help in storing items that aren’t used as often.
3. Learn to File
Whether it’s physically with papers or digitally, learning how to file will help keep you and your desk organized. Because of folders and tags in Email inboxes, it has become easy to do this. Take the time each week to empty that inbox and file your emails accordingly. Google Drive can also be used to help with this.
For physical items, a filing cabinet and folders work perfectly. Allot time each week to file these items in their appropriate places to keep things organized and uncluttered.
4. Organize your desk
Taking the time each week to organize your desk and drawers should not take too much time. Allow for a few minutes each week to put papers and tools away. Clear off the desk of anything not being used and utilize the other items in your office to store tools in their designated areas.
Taking a minute at the end of each day to straighten up your desk can also help keep your office organized.
5. Label Items
Take the time to LABEL. It may sound simple, and you do not have to use a professional labeler, but doing it helps. Whether it’s folders, notebooks, email folders, google spreadsheets or paper – jot down a few notes of what each item or where each item belongs. It will help you stay more organized and help you to know what things are when looking back at them or searching for them online.
Home Office Organization Ideas
We recently spruced up our home office space and made things more organized. We used many products from Michaels to help with this and wanted to share with you those products and how they are keeping this space tidy and de-cluttered.
After we’ve designated our office nook or space, a desk is always a must-have. Other than shelving and drawers and file cabinets, we also like to plan for wall decor. Yes, some can look cute, but we also look for practical. In this space, we knew we wanted a cork board, storage items and file holders. The Happiness is Homemade sign was simply for decor purposes but was the perfect item for the space.
Other items that would be great include:
We also like to have containers of sorts. Some of our favorite items include:
- plastic bins
- Glass Jars
- Rolling Cart
It’s also good to have on hand all the standard supplies needed for an office, like: paper, scissors, pencils, pens, stapler, 3-hole punch, tape, Sharpies, push pins, glue, envelopes, and more.
To make things feel a little more like home, we recommend adding some of your favorite decor pieces. We added the Happiness is Homemade sign but also added a few other practical items like a lamp, pencil holders, succulents and more.
Add the personal items to your space that will make you enjoy it more. We all know that work can’t always be fun, but if you love the space you work in, you may not be as bummed about all that has to accomplish. 😉
For a quick guide of all the Michael’s products bought for this space, check out these links:
- Galvanized Wall Cork Board
- Gray 3-Tier Rolling Cart
- Fiskars Scissors
- Small Square Jar
- Medium Square Jar
- Large Square Jar
- White Tabletop Desk Lamp
- Things Jar
- Cactus Pencil Holder
- Happiness is Homemade Sign
For more organization items found at Michaels, GO HERE.
Love this! Especially the glass jars that hold the pens / highlighters / etc. Brilliant. Love that little cactus pencil holder too 🙂
Hi Kristyn, Thank you so much for sharing your beauty tips! I’m ready to get started according to your tips. Organizing my office really doesn’t have to take many days, i can ensure that it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.
Thank you so much for the great tips! it helps me much with my messy office.
Glad to share 🙂
Where did you get the hanging shelf that’s next to your cork board? It’s super cute!!
I believe Michael’s, but it’s been so long..I can’t remember for sure. I would try Home Goods or Hobby Lobby or Michael’s 🙂
Have you found the shelf anywhere? I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find it. It’s so beautiful!
What is in the front of the Box next to the cork board? What is wrapped around the front of the chicken wire?