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21 Simple Ways to Organize a Home Office

Home offices can be tricky places to stay organized and on top of your work, especially if they’re cramped spaces. Here are the best simple ways to organize a home office.

I’ve found that the best thing for offices is to have a home or plan for every item.

Today, I have exactly that for you today, or at least some solid inspiration to start that for any home office.

There are twenty-one simple ways to organize a home office on the post, which are pretty easy for anyone to accomplish.

ways to organize a home office

All are generally price-friendly, too! Good luck with your desks, and now, on to the post.

1. Use a Laptop Riser for Extra Storage

 Use a Laptop Riser for Extra Storage

If you don’t have extra desk space but need to fit a few more odds and ends, consider adding a riser like this and a bin below for those essentials.

That way, you’ll have all the essentials at your fingertips without sacrificing space.

You might also find this DIY hanging organizer useful.

2. Create a Notice Board to Collect Clutter

Create a Notice Board to Collect Clutter

Have important odds and ends but don’t have a streamlined place for them? Create a cluttered board to hold all your important notes–from meetings to social outings, it can keep you in line.

3. Place Your Plants On Shelves

Place Your Plants On Shelves

I love having greenery in the office, but sometimes, the plants can take up precious real estate.

Add shelving above your desk to house your blooms–it makes the room feel better with the elevated plants.

4. Store Gift Wrap in a Bag Dispenser

Store Gift Wrap in a Bag Dispenser

If you use wrapping paper often but it gets jumbled or stepped on, corral it in a bag dispenser to keep them all safe and sound.

Depending on size, most holders can also manage a handful of tubes.

5. Hang a Pegboard to the Wall for Customizable Storage

Hang a Pegboard to the Wall for Customizable Storage

If you’re really looking for space-efficient tools to streamline your office, these pegboard walls are an excellent investment.

They have many different accessories and cup sizes compatible with the board.

6. Use Storage Boxes and Label Them

Use Storage Boxes and Label Them

Organizing your office by what you use daily, weekly, monthly, and beyond is a great place to start.

You need to know where things are, but not necessarily in a daily group, and label them in storage boxes in a way that makes sense to you.

7. Use Jars to Collect Markers and Other Small Items

Use Jars to Collect Markers and Other Small Items

One of the easiest ways to cheaply organize and keep your writing utensils and other smaller items is by adding them to mason jars.

The jars are an easy, simple, and cute option without having to pay anything (save your old pasta sauce jars).

8. Use a Mug as a Pen Holder

 Use a Mug as a Pen Holder

Another cute and cheap option is to use a favorite or gifted mug as a pen holder. It’s a great way to personalize a space in one small, contained place.

This DIY desk organizer would also help you tidy your desk!

9. Attach a Cable Collector Under Your Desk

Attach a Cable Collector Under Your Desk

Do I even have to expand on the reasoning behind this hack idea fully?

A cord collector like this one changes everything–no more hunting for that specific cord that is always tangled with a few other odds and ends.

10. Use a Clamp to Optimize Desk Space

Use a Clamp to Optimize Desk Space

A clamped lamp is a great space-saving and literal flexible option. You can manipulate and move this type of lamp to any spot at any time for optimal work.

11. Use a Spice Rack to Contain Small Office Supplies

Use a Spice Rack to Contain Small Office Supplies

An incredible way to store all those pesky desk accessories (thumbtacks, paper clips, etc.) is by adding them all to a spice rack.

Each jar can house each accessory for ease of use and searching–no more pricking your finger on a thumb tack while looking for a rubber band.

Check out these other genius ways to organize small items.

12. Use Transparent Plastic Boxes

Use Transparent Plastic Boxes

Besides labeled storage boxes, clear storage boxes are best for quickly finding your stored item.

Everything works better when it is labeled, OR it’s in a clear box like this one–it stacks well and is lightweight.

13. Use a Shoe Organizer to Store Extra Office Supplies

 Use a Shoe Organizer to Store Extra Office Supplies

If you’re looking for more creative solutions to some regularly used items, consider an over-the-door shoe hanger rack.

Each of the items you use daily can have its own pocket, and you’ll be able to access any of them at a moment’s notice.

14. Attach a Magnetic Strip Near Your Desk

Attach a Magnetic Strip Near Your Desk

While working, having a magnetic strip nearby is great for any of your metal objects to sit on standby.

From scissors to paperclips can be ready for you with a magnetic strip–no more hunting for the scissors under everything else.

15. Keep a Cart Next to the Desk for Additional Storage Space

Keep a Cart Next to the Desk for Additional Storage Space

Adding a simple cart next to your desk is a great alternative to the previous two suggestions.

That way, you can place anything on standby while you work on your various assignments, projects, or presentations.

16. Place a Trash Can Underneath Your Desk

Place a Trash Can Underneath Your Desk

It seems like an obvious option, but it does change how you work!

Having an accessible trash can in the place you work will keep your space cleaner and you more focused if you don’t have to go throw something out in another room.

You can also use this DIY mail organizer to keep your files in order.

17. Store Often Used Items on a Lazy Susan

Store Often Used Items on a Lazy Susan

For whatever is housing your smaller items, add them onto a lazy Susan to save even more room on your desktop.

That way, all of those items are in a centralized place, and you can access any of them with a simple spin.

18. Use a Cutlery Tray to Organize Stationery

Use a Cutlery Tray to Organize Stationery

If you have a drawer in the desk, use a cutlery divider! It sounds odd, but it organizes all your smaller stationary and daily items in a snap.

Use this option for your daily tools or your more delicate options. Whatever you use it for, it’s sure to help you not hunt for those essentials.

19. Cut the Sides of a Box to Hide the Power Strip

Cut the Sides of a Box to Hide the Power Strip

Too many cords running around your space?

Keep them tucked away with this hack by cutting some sides into a box for a power strip to hide in–all the cords can get fed through either side, but it won’t look as messy.

20. Keep the Drawer Tidy with Organizer Trays

Keep the Drawer Tidy with Organizer Trays

If you like the idea of the silverware divider but want some more flexibility, opt for these bins.

You can generally buy them individually or in a set–shop around and find what’s best for your space.

21. Use the Space Under Your Desk

Use the Space Under Your Desk

All space near and around your desk is valuable, including underneath it! Add a little shelf, bin, or other organizational item to house your computer bag or other larger item.

Working with a small office? Check out these practical storage ideas for small spaces.