Storage & Organization
10 Easy DIYs for a Home Office
It doesn’t take long for a home office to become cluttered, but there are some small things you can do to make the space organized and efficient. Here are 10 easy DIYs for a home office.
Use Small Containers and Drawers
Get some small containers or have a drawer dedicated to store all those loose things on your desk such as paper clips, pencils and small notepads. This will help your desk surface stay clean and uncluttered.
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All those computer, monitor, phone and printer cables can get out of hand quickly. Wrangle all those cords and hide them. You can feed cords through a hole in the back of your desk, use binder clips to keep them in place and out of sight or even hide them in some PVC pipe covered with colorful tape.
Have a Mail Station
If you haven’t gone paperless, make sure you have a place to collect your mail. Use a folder system or bins for incoming and outgoing so you can stay on track of invoices and bills.
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Keep Like Materials Together
If you have a lot of books, gather them in one spot for a less messy home office. Same goes for folders, files and binders. This will help you determine how much space you need for each group of items. When you see all the things you’ve accumulated, determine if there are things you can toss.
Use Color for Organization
Color-coded folders and labels will make it easier to find the document you need. Assign colors to various topics or projects to help stay organized.
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Get Your Monitor at the Right Height
Make sure you’re not straining your back or neck when looking at the computer monitor. A monitor stand will ensure your screen is at the right eye level for you and you can slide your keyboard underneath when not using it.
Wheels on the bottom of your office furniture may seem unnecessary but they will make life easier. Add wheels to your office chair (if it doesn’t have them already), along with your desk and file cabinet. This will make it easier to move them for cleaning and rearranging.
Be Creative with Space
If you have a small space and need more storage, get creative. Install some hooks with bins on the back of the door for small items or keep folders on a shelf above your desk. If the room has a closet, consider moving your desk there.
Make sure your office has a handy trash can and don’t be afraid to use it. Once a week, take 10 minutes to go through the office and toss anything you no longer need, including pens that no longer work, outdated documents and files, along with any trash you may have left behind during the week.