Whether you’re moving into the New Year working from home or in an office, there is no better time to get your office organized. Unfortunately, organizing an office isn’t always the easy thing to do. So, many people think that they need to pour money into the project in order to get the job one. There are many ways you can organize the office without spending a penny. Whether you’re going the DIY route, or you’re repurposing items, these ten ideas should get you started on your ideal level of tidiness. This can not only improve productivity but will also boost happiness.
1. Memo Boards
A memo board is one of the best ways to keep track of what is going on in your life. Memo boards don’t have to be totally boring, nor do they have to look the same as everyone else’s. When it comes to your memo board, you might consider a corkboard. These allow you to pin things in with ease, which will help you keep up with all of the things you need. However, if you think you will have more fun with a board that allows you to use sticky notes, or one that will allow you to utilize drawings, then a whiteboard might be a great option for you. There are also memo boards with brackets that add more appeal while allowing you to slip in paper and more. These days, you can even purchase small boards that can fit on the side of your computer, so you won’t miss a thing.
2. Cable Hanger
Wires can be one of the biggest eyesores in the office. On top of that, it can also be a hazard for you. There are many ways to take care of this problem though and many of the solutions come from items already in your office. For starters, if you’re dealing with surge protectors, you can easily place them on a dock, so the cords from your desk don’t spill out into the floor. Other than that, you can easily take care of your smaller cords, like USB cords, using basic office supplies. Simply add a clip to your desk and then string the cord through, so you don’t have to worry about them getting in your way. Of course, you can purchase items that also do this, which can work wonders for the décor of your space.
3. Charging Dock
It is tough having multiple gadgets lying around on your desk. It is even tougher when you have more than one that needs to be charged. Rather than hooking them all to a different charger or your computer, you might consider a charging dock instead. This will allow you to easily keep your items in one spot, so you won’t have to go hunting day in and day out for the item you need. You can also charge them all at once, which will make it totally easy for you to keep your devices going strong. You can purchase a charging dock based on the amount of charging slots that you need or simply by the way it looks.
4. Desk Shelf
No matter what is going on in your office area, one of the most helpful things that you can do is add a shelf to the mix. If you have a lot of space to work with then you might consider a shelf that works from ceiling to floor. This can help you add more bins and other storage items to your space. It will also give you more room for books. However, if you don’t have a lot of space, you might consider a shorter shelf or one that can be hung on the wall. This will still give you the extra space that you need while ensuring your desk won’t feel cluttered. This can help remove distractions from the room while making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for when you’re looking for it.
5. Monitor Stand
If you’re working on a desktop then a monitor stand might be one of the best ways that you can maximize your space while allowing you to get more out of your office. There are numerous monitor stands to choose from as well, which can help you customize the office to suit your needs. One type of stand to consider is one that lifts up so you can go between sitting and standing as you work. Another great option is a stand that has storage underneath. This gives you that extra bit of space that will keep your desk looking tidier. Choosing a clear monitor stand is a great way to create the illusion of more space, as well.
6. Lazy Susan
When it comes to creating the perfect way to utilize your supplies, a Lazy Susan won’t steer you in the wrong direction. You don’t have to purchase a huge Lazy Susan for this either. Rather, if you purchase a smaller option it will fit on your desk without taking up too much space. Once you have your Lazy Susan set up, simply add your pens, pencils, storage cups, and bins to the top and you’re set to go. This little feature is perfect for anyone that loves to accessorize with post-it notes, stickers, and more. It will also bring many of your supplies out of the desk, so you won’t forget about them in your drawer.
7. Wall Filer
If your filer tends to be a little out of control, then you might want to consider a wall filer. These amazing items can be found in single options or options that have a few different filers. The filer hangs on the wall, so you can easily sort the papers and items that you frequently need in one area. Your wall filer can be designed to suit the aesthetic needs of your home too. To begin with, you can purchase wood filers for a more rustic or library inspired design. There are also mesh designs that are perfect for a more modern style. You might even be able to find transparent plastic options if you’re hoping to keep your space roomy.
8. Compartment Tray
Sometimes, it isn’t exactly easy to keep the desk drawer clean. This is especially true if you tend to get into work grooves, and just toss things back in the drawer to help save on time while you’re working. This can create a huge mess if you’re not careful. One way to combat this is to get a compartment tray. This will help you to put everything back where it belongs quickly, so you won’t have to worry about organizing later on. These compartments can be purchased in stores, but are also simple to make on your own. If you have a little cardboard, small boxes or even muffin tins, you’re on the right path to getting organized fast.
Papers tend to pile up remarkably fast, which can cause your entire organizational system to crumble. From waiting to go through papers in order to remove sensitive information to sorting recyclables within the office, getting overwhelmed by the discarded paper is very easy to do. One of the best solutions to this problem is a shredder. When you know paperwork needs to be shredded, simply send it through the shredder. You can do a lot of shredding before you have to empty the bin for recycling. This will save you time, energy, and frustration. Shredders won’t set you back too much either, which can be pretty helpful too.
10. Clear the Clutter
One problem with a lot of offices is there simply is too much clutter. This actually does work for some people, but if you find yourself feeling distracted, anxious, or tired, then your décor could be part of the problem. The best thing you can do is try to remove as much of the extra décor as possible. Try to leave one or two items that bring you joy, but after that put the rest away. You can always alternate things to keep it fresh and exciting. There have been many studies that show clutter can actually bring on anxiety, so if you follow this step you will help ease your mind while also making the organizational system much easier to handle.
An office that is organized can help bring on success in everyday business. These ten tips will help you get your office ready to work after the holidays and beyond. With a few of these ideas, you may even be able to create the office of your dreams, one organizational upgrade after another.