Has your home office become a dumping ground for old bills, pens, office supplies, computer and electronic gadgets and their accouterments, kids’ drawings, receipts, photos, and more? It’s easy to let an office succumb to the chaotic activity – especially since it’s a highly used area with a lot of uses. Chances are, if you’ve got a dedicated office space, you can use some organization inspiration. Don’t let the clutter overtake your work area, and don’t let storage turn things drab - use these tips and handy list of 6 fun and stylish home office organization ideas and whip that space into shape!
1. Everything Chalkboard
The chalkboard fad isn’t going away anytime soon. And why should it? Chalkboard paint and vinyl make it readily accessible and DIY-able. You can even make your own chalkboard paint – in any color! It goes on just about anything, from labels to boxes. Since you can easily change what’s on it, it’s ideal for labeling office items, like these great drawers from Polka Dot Chair, or keeping lists.
Check out these other chalkboard projects, too!
Giant Chalkboard Calendar Wall from Tatertots and Jello
Chalkboard Paperweight from Assemble
Chalkboard Clipboards from Anderson and Grant
2. Unique Shelves
Every office requires some kind of shelving. Small spaces can take advantage of vertical height by building shelves up instead of out. Really tight spaces can install small shelves under desks or on the back of doors. Shelves hold our storage bins and boxes, keep our books tidy, and offer us a place to display some decor. They don’t have to be boring either; just take a look at these beautiful reclaimed wood shelf drawers from Not Just a Housewife.
Here’s more fun shelf ideas!
DIY Ladder Shelves from Woonideeen
25 awesome DIY shelving ideas from Remodelaholic
3. Repurposed Utensil Holders
A home office inherently builds up tons of office supplies, writing utensils, scissors, punches, you name it. The clutter from utensils can get way out of hand, if you don’t find a way to corral it. A great idea is repurposing other household items (like this pencil holder made from cork trivets by Design For Mankind); it’ll save you money and have unique personality.
Here are some other great solutions using items around your house:
Stemware Rack Caddy System from Better Homes and Gardens
Lazy Susan Tin Can Caddy from Cynthia Shaffer
4. Peg Boards, Cork Boards, and Magnet Boards, oh my!
One easy way to get smaller items neat, organized, and out of the way – but still within easy reach – is to put up some kind of organizational board. This makes use of wall space instead of surface space and keeps things tidy. Bulletin or cork boards are typical options for offices, but you can use magnet and peg boards as well. Or a combination, like this one from My Blissful Space!
Here are a few more fun examples:
Fabric Cork Board with Nail Head Trim from Beach House in the City
Clear Lucite Pegboard System from Fashionably Organized
Oil Pan turned Magnet Board from Nic and Kate
5. Unexpected Filing Systems
Maybe you don’t have room for a large filing cabinet. Or maybe you think ordinary filing cabinets are cumbersome, bulky, boring, or even downright ugly. You can find ways to file those necessary papers that don’t involve your typical beige, metal rectangle. Just look at this beautiful and stylish solution from Erica Lee Style!
Check out these other smart filing solutions!
DIY Pull Out Filing Drawer from Beneath My Heart
Striped Filing Cabinet (with CHALKBOARD labels! See?) from bugaboo, mini, mr & me
6. Recycled Baskets and Bins and Catch-Alls
Obviously you’ll have to store some items. Whether in baskets, bins, totes, jars or bowls, storage containers don’t have to be ordinary. And they are definitely not one size fits all. Baskets can be hung on a wall instead of placed on a shelf. Some storage totes are perfect from hanging on a rod with hooks. Recycle diaper boxes with duct tape or fabric. Look at normal items in new ways, like these magnetic dishes that A Girl and a Glue Gun used!
Here are some more creative storage solutions:
Large Glass Jar Storage from Remodelaholic (check out the awesome wire baskets, as well)
Embroidery Hoop Storage Bins from Curbly
Belted Storage Totes from Brit and Co.
Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com
Featured image courtesy of Polka Dot Chair.