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Organizing Your Desk and Home Office

Updated on April 7, 2016

Organizing Your Desk and Home Office

Everyone who uses websites like Squidoo, Zazzle and Etsy to work at home knows that the more organized your home office the better prepared you will be to tackle the hard jobs. If you're working around a mess (like I am at times) you'll be less likely to get anything done, unless you only work in the dark by the light of your computer screen. Do we really want to become mole people, just because we hate organizing?

Here I will give you helpful hints and ideas to get you started on your organizing journey. I will also show you new and awesome products to help you.

This is a Valentine's vintage antique public domain image.

Desk with Drawers

I believe in the more drawers the better. Say you don't want an on the desk organizer, you can get a flat in the drawer one. You can keep your log in book in a drawer, so you never forget your log in codes and e-mails.

Home Style 5531-18 Bedford Pedestal Desk, Black
Home Style 5531-18 Bedford Pedestal Desk, Black

Pros: This is a nice dark solid unit. It has a lot of drawers in this compact size and is part of a much larger set, so if you want or rather need to put this desk in your bedroom you can get pieces that match and have a complete looking room.

Cons: The filing cabinet is a side loader and will hold less than a front loader. Though it sports mostly 5 and 4 star reviews, one unhappy costumer has brought this unit down to only 3 and half stars. He had a mishap in shipping and was missing a drawer, however I believe he ordered directly from the store and not from Amazon.

 

Keep it at your Fingertips

Keep everything you need at your fingertips. It's very frustrating when a client calls and you can't find a working pen or or even a scrap of paper. I've been through this a lot. I have a pen holder, but since I am an artist most of mine are fancy twist colored pencils and pencils and I always seem to have to look through my art slash writer drawer for a pen.

Rolodex Mesh Collection Oval Supply Caddy, Black (1746466)
Rolodex Mesh Collection Oval Supply Caddy, Black (1746466)

This comes free with the best 4 to 5 star reviews and is the best price for the size and for how much it does for you. I like to shop at staples sometimes, I always go to the clearance and see if they have anything like this on sale. It is hit or miss, which is why I started shopping at Amazon.com, so I can get great deals and not wait for things to go on sale.

 

Computers and More

As for computers you can get very compact CPUs or you can buy a high GB laptop, so you can work away from your home office too. The reason I am featuring the Dell laptop because of it's memory size, it holds up 8GB and that is 16 times what my old computer holds and if you like to make short movies like I do you need lots of memory.

Drawers for Organizing

Printer Fax Stands

Small rolling stands are great because if you don't have a lot of room or are working with an antique desk like I have, you don't have the space or a built stand for your printer. You can roll this out and then store it away or keep there all the time. You can even get a closet organizer and store your office there while not in use.

You can store your office supplies and printer and faces in a vintage or new dresser. You can also sub organize your items if you have a lot of things you need. Photo boxes filled with pens instead of pictures, can be a great addition to your office.

Notes and Notebooks

Keep your notes and notebooks with stories, screenplays, log in books or magazines that you need on hand with these Whitmor plastic magazine organizers, they come in a set of 5 and in fun assorted colors. If you buy these cute desk organizers, but buy them used, they'll actually cost you more money.

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Organizing from the inside out by Julie Morgenstern.

I actually have this little book on organizing. I got it as a Christmas gift from my friend Maggie. This book is arguably the most popular book on organizing, by an author who has made a living out of writing organizing books.

Idock for Desks

This is great to keep track of all your expensive devices, I've placed my ipod in my remote desk top hold and have forgotten were it was. This will stop that from happening, while charging your item.

MINI CHARGING STATION AND DESKTOP ORGANIZER WITH 6FT. POWER CORD (FOR HANDHELD ELECTRONICS!)
MINI CHARGING STATION AND DESKTOP ORGANIZER WITH 6FT. POWER CORD (FOR HANDHELD ELECTRONICS!)

This wooden item which has four star reviews is wooden and holds up to three devices at a time. If your cord is bulky, it may not work for you. Most ipod cords are slim and there are no wall cords for them, only adapters so if you need this for an iphone or ipad it should work fine.

 

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Trunks

You buy a new one online. Amazon, overstock, Wayfair, eBay, they all have trunks for sale.

I have a few trunks in my home. I have an antique one I bought at a yard sale for, a handcrafted one my mom bought me for my birthday. It was a few hundred, but you can buy a new one for around, less if you find it on clearance.

Some come with removable trays.

Trunks

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    • Stacy Birch profile image
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      Stacy Birch 11 months ago

      Looks like I have to take own advice, while looking for a missing flash drive, I found a 16gb camera card I didn't know I owned.

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      debbymakarius 4 years ago

      I like your lens...it's very interesting and fascinating to see with all the pictures in it...Just dropping by and hopefully you can visit my page too if you like! Have a great day!

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      NicoleDean 4 years ago

      Great lens! You are so right - whenever I let clutter creep into my office, it definitely makes it harder to work! Nice tips - I like the magazine holder one.

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      SherriDW 4 years ago

      great ideas thanks

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      omg....I so need help! My desk, under my desk, all 3 tables around me, and the floor around me, is just one huge mess right now. I'm trying, but so far all I have complete is cleaning out and reorganizing the bill holder.

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      The office . . . a constant challenge, and something I procrastinate about the most. Thank you for helping me think about it again!

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I never seem to be able to get my office organised! I've got all the things you suggest but it forms part of the clutter!

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      Stacy Birch 4 years ago

      @poldepc lm: I'd be proud if I could say that the rest of my house was well organized.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      everything in the house is well organized...except my "desk" where I work a lot :)