Your home office should be a place that inspires you, not overwhelms you. It should be clear of clutter and organized so that you can accomplish your goals. Clean desk, clear mind! Today I hope to inspire you to get organized with some ideas on how to organize a home office with these 10 home office organization ideas!
Most people have some sort of a home office- whether it's the place where you work from home or just a place to pay your bills.
For some people a home office is in a separate room, for others, it's a desk tucked away in the corner, or even a closet that has been converted into a workspace. It's where you keep your computer, your files, and the towering stack of papers that threaten to take over your entire space!
Wouldn't it be great to get it organized!
Home Office Organization Ideas: It All Starts With An Inbox!
The key to keeping your home office decluttered is to have a place to collect, and then process all of your incoming papers- bills, forms, bank statements, mail, school papers, etc.
I have an awesome fabric covered oversized inbox that I bought at Target eons ago and it sits on my desk patiently holding all of my papers until I am ready to sort and act upon them! Alas, it is no longer available, but if you are looking for a stylish new inbox to organize your paperwork, I love this pink stackable letter tray – it's pretty AND functional!
Or if you'd like to make one, this tutorial to create your own fabric mail organizer from The Stonybrook House is awesome!
I also love this magnetic paper bin that was made from a recycled cereal box! (Courtesy of Soho Sonnet)
Organized Office Ideas: A Place for Files
Once you tackle your paperwork- sorting and process everything- things not destined for the recycling bin usually need to be filed.
Personally, I like to keep a desktop filing box for papers I need to use often- projects I am working on for MomOf6, upcoming shows I am doing for cabi, etc. And then I have a separate stand-alone filing cabinet for papers that I don't need regular access to- but I need to keep around for a while, like paperwork for taxes, receipts for home improvements, and the 50,000 other things that end up sticking around in my files!
I am in love, love, LOVE with this chalkboard painted filing cabinet! This tutorial created by Haeley over at Design Improved shows just how she took a thrift store filing cabinet and after prepping it, used chalkboard paint to cover it! I love the white frames on the front of the drawers and the pink hardware details!
If you are looking to purchase a standing filing cabinet that looks cool while holding all of your important papers, this one has great style!
Organize the Supplies!
Envelopes, stamps, pencils, pens, paperclips, post-it notes, labels, business cards, stationery… the list of small items that we keep at our desks goes on and on!
There are things I like to keep on top of my desk for easy access, and items I prefer to keep organized in drawers since I don't use them as often. But I especially love it when everything has a neat and organized home so I can quickly tidy up my desk at the end of the day (especially since I share my home office space with our dining room!)
I love this awesome desktop organizer created from cereal boxes and glued atop a wooden plaque from Mod Podge Rocks!
A quick way to achieve supply organization is to use this mesh desktop organizer ! It has tons of compartments to hold everything you need!
Home Office Organization Ideas: A Place to Tack Up Inspiration!
The back wall of my desk is covered in corkboard, but you actually never see the original surface because I always have papers pinned to it! My MomOf6 mission statement is there, as well as tons of helpful notes and guidelines that I use all of the time while creating new content.
To create a beautiful bulletin board for your home office, you only need a canvas, fabric, and a staple gun (tutorial over at DIY Candy)
I also love this pretty decorative bulletin board which comes in a variety of sizes.
You Need to Have a Desk Blotter!
One of the best ways to make your home office pretty and presentable (not to mention colorful!) is to use a gorgeous desk pad to brighten your space. It protects the desktop from scratches when you are moving around equipment, it functions as a mouse pad as well as a beverage coaster, and it just gives you something nice to write on.
I love the desk pad that I use so much, that I purchased pastel ones for my daughters' desks as well!
You can make your own desk blotter too- I love this simple tutorial from Entirely Eventful Day that shows how easy it is to make!
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I hope that these home office organization ideas inspired you to create a pretty yet functional workspace in your own home office!