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Declutter With a Wall Hanging File Organizer

Updated on March 10, 2014

A Wall Hanging File Holder for Documents, Bills, Magazines and Files

Clutter is one of the most ignored reasons for stress. A clean and tidy home and office can lift your spirits and get you in the right frame of mind for your day at work. I use several types of organizational storage products to help me declutter, and a wall hanging file organizer is indispensable to me.

If you don't have enough files to warrant a filing cabinet and need easy access to them, then a file organizer is the way to go. Take it one step further and hang the organizer on a wall near your work space to keep your desk clear for your tasks.

Declutter Your Workspace


Clutter can build up very fast, so a plastic, wood or metal wall file organizer with a single or multiple slots can hold not only files, but even unfiled documents, bills, magazines, etc.

If one isn't enough, get several. Get one in a style that matches your room's décor. This page will show you the best rated and most popular wall hanging file organizers available.

Metal Hanging File Organizer

What's great about metal hanging organizers, is that they come in many decorative styles, so they can be used front and center on your walls to add to the style of them. While most come in white, black or chrome, they are usually easy to spray paint in whatever color you want. They are also the most durable kind.

Buddy Products Mirage 7 Pocket Steel Wall Rack

Buddy Products Mirage 7 Pocket Wall Rack, Steel, 2 x 21.5 x 9.5 Inches, Black (4810-4)
Buddy Products Mirage 7 Pocket Wall Rack, Steel, 2 x 21.5 x 9.5 Inches, Black (4810-4)

Will hold legal, letter or printout sized documents in its open-ended slot trays.


A Sleek and Sturdy Metal Wall File Organizer

This sleek black textured steel rack features open ended slots to fit letter and legal sized documents and files. The construction is strong and the finish is top quality.

The seven pockets are each .5 inch deep and there are slots provided in the back for it to be wall mounted. The hardware is not included. The unit is compact and because of the upward slope of the pockets, there's little chance of anyone bumping into it.

It is sturdy and the 7 pockets hold a lot, as long as your files aren't too thick. The entire unit measures 9 1/2" w x 2" d x 21 1/2" h.

3 Pocket Letter Size Mesh Partition Holder

A Mesh Wall Hanging File Holder for Cubicles

If you work in a cubicle at the office, then you probably have very little desk space to keep your documents. Since you also don't have access to wall space, this triple pocket black mesh file organizer can be mounted over partition walls using the provided long hooks that attach from the back and hook over the top of the partition. Wall mounting hardware is also included if you need it.

The first pocket is 4 inches deep while the other two are 1.5 inches deep. The overall unit measures 8.2 x 12.6 x 23.2 inches.

Triple Tray, Black Steel, Letter Size Wall File Rack

Safco Products Steel Three Pocket Letter Size Wall Rack 3172BL, Black Powder Coat Finish, Durable Commercial-Steel Construction
Safco Products Steel Three Pocket Letter Size Wall Rack 3172BL, Black Powder Coat Finish, Durable Commercial-Steel Construction

Made of solid steel construction and can hold very heavy files of up to 2" in thickness in the top tray and up to 1" in the other two.


A Heavy Duty Metal Organizer

This wall rack you see here is 5 star rated and looks stylish with a contemporary design, even though it is made of very sturdy black steel. It holds letter size files in three compartments.

This unit measures 3.2 x 12 x 17.2 inches and is heavy, so it should be mounted properly with the included hardware.

3 Tier Chrome Finish Rack

Spectrum Diversified File Holder and Magazine Rack, 3 Tiers, Wall Mount, Chrome
Spectrum Diversified File Holder and Magazine Rack, 3 Tiers, Wall Mount, Chrome

Strong enough and provides enough space to hold heavy things, like multiple magazines.


Wall Hanging Files or Magazine Rack

This steel 3-tiered rack features slanted open-ended shelves for storing files, magazines and letters of any size for easy accessibility.

It comes with wall mounting hardware which includes 3 screws - two weight bearing on the top and one for stability on the bottom. It measures 11 inches by 5.5 inches by 14 inches.

The chrome finish makes it suitable even for a living room or kitchen.

Plastic Wall File Organizer

If you want your wall mounted file organizers to be unobstrusive and be able to blend in with your other décor, consider using clear plastic file holders. On the other hand, you can also get plastic holders in some nice and cheerful colors if you want to add a pop of color to your walls! These are very affordable options and are extremely lightweight. You can even get single pocket holders!

Rubbermaid Plastic 3 Pocket Holder

Staples Clear 3-Tier Organizer (96050)
Staples Clear 3-Tier Organizer (96050)

No mounting hardware included, but holes are provided for horizontal or vertical mounting on the wall.


Desk or Wall Mount Plastic File Holder

This 3-pocket wall mount plastic file holder can also be used on a desk and can be hung on a wall either horizontally or vertically. It is an ideal wall mounted holder for office use.

A4 and letter sized documents and files will fit into the slots, which are graduated so that the contents can be easily accessed. The walls of the pockets are extra thick, making this product very durable. The whole unit measures 13 inches wide, 11 1/2 inches tall,and 3 1/2 inches thick.

This file organizer from Rubbermaid is perfect for an understated look because of the clear plastic and is a good size if you want to line up more than one horizontally or vertically on a wall.

Rubbermaid Stak-a-file 3 Pocket Plastic Holder

Rolodex Stak-A-File Three-Pocket Wall File, Letter, Smoke, 3/Pack (47021)
Rolodex Stak-A-File Three-Pocket Wall File, Letter, Smoke, 3/Pack (47021)

Three individual wall pockets to nest into each other at an adjustable spacing.


Individual File Pocket Holder Set

This smoke colored 3 pocket file organizer features a nesting design for compactness and is provided with screws and double-sided tape to mount on walls, file cabinets or partitions.

It measures 4 by 13 by 14-7/8 inches when each pocket is fitted closest together, but they can be placed farther apart if you want more of your files to be visible.

You can easily buy another unit to create a larger organizer for additional storage.

Officemate Grand Central Filing System Up to 7 Pockets

Officemate Grande Central Filing System with Starter Pocket Plus 6 Add-On Pockets - Black (21726)
Officemate Grande Central Filing System with Starter Pocket Plus 6 Add-On Pockets - Black (21726)

When all 7 pockets are used the unit measures 16.8 x 11.5 x 24.6 inches.


Pocket Add on Filing System

This tall filing system comes with one fixed compartment and 6 removable snap-on pockets to expand storage as needed. Each pocket can hold A4 or letter size files or documents.

The starter pocket has attachable pen holders on either side, and all pockets also come with a #10 letter or postcard slot in front.

You can hang them on walls with the included mounting hardware, and if you need them for partitions, you can buy the attachable hangers separately.

Wood Hanging File Organizer

Wooden file racks work well in warm and cozy rooms at home or in elegant offices and waiting rooms. Get one in a light, medium or dark color with light oak, medium oak or mahogany finishes. These usually come with the hardware pre-drilled.

A Wooden Hanging File Organizer in One of 3 Tones

These solid wood hanging wall file organizers from Wooden Mallet come in three different finishes - light oak, medium oak and mahogany, and have a rich look.

The smallest holder is single pocket and has a flat base pocket.

5 Tier Wood File Holder

Organizers with 3, 4, 5 and 10 Pockets

The bigger ones are available with 3, 4, 5 and 10 pockets that slant outwards. The wall mounting hardware is pre-drilled, so installation is easy. To keep the weight down these wooden file organizers for the wall have solid wood sides with the slats made of MDF with a matching laminate finish.

Things to consider before buying a wall hanging file organizer

Home or Office?

The first thing to consider is whether you need a file holder for your home or office. Of course, it could also be for your home office! Generally, decorative wall file holders in metal or wood are better for the home because you don't want your storage pieces to look too utilitarian. You may not even need a regular file holder if a good magazine rack serves the purpose. For the office, go with a sleeker metal or plastic wall hanging organizer.

How Much Wall Space?

The second thing to consider is how much wall space you have for the holder. Don't fill up a wall just with storage organizers. If you intend to store lots of files, either get one big hanging file pocket organizer or several small ones to line up horizontally. It all depends on the layout of your room and other wall décor. If you have serious filing needs that hanging organizers can't handle, then consider getting a wheeled filing cabinet instead.

What Kind of Order?

The last thing to consider is how you want to organize your stuff. Separate compartments are nice when you have lots of things that need to be kept separate, but a single large slot is fine for only magazines or just a few files or letters. If you have a lot of heavy things to store, make sure the hardware provided will do the job.

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