I work from home, but even if you don't, you probably accumulate lots of paper that needs to be organized. Whether it's a full room, or just a corner of a room, it's a good idea to have a home office where you can keep the items that keep your household running. A few years ago, we converted our never-used dining room into a home office. It still takes a strong effort to keep my home office organized – it's easy to let things just pile up. Here are my home office organization ideas and tips – as well as some products that can help keep things organized.
Home Office Organization Ideas and Tips
In my experience, organizing paper is one of the most important things that you can do to keep your home office organized. Although I get many statements and bills online, I still find that I have a lot of paper to keep – things like tax documents, school information, car documents, credit card paperwork, etc.
For bills, I use this bill payment system, and for home maintenance paperwork, I use this binder system. For other paperwork, it's a good idea to have a filing cabinet. You probably will need only two or three drawers for everything, including the binders. I like this one – you can even store your printer on top.
I also recommend purchasing a fire/water safe to put information documents like your will, passports, and social security cards.
If you are pen-obsessed like I am, you definitely need something to hold all of them. I use this FINTORP hanging set to hold some of my pens right next to my desk. It saves space because I don't have to keep them directly on my desktop (although, admittedly, they don't even hold 1/4 of my pens.
Paperclip and Other Small Items
Office Organization For Other Supplies
I also absolutely recommend getting a label maker so that you can label each drawer as well as all of the file folders. This small one is a great option – you'll definitely get a lot of use out of it.
To keep your home office organized, handle paperwork as it arrives in your house. Don't let it pile up. I have a small bin where I keep incoming mail, and I make sure that I go through it and empty it at least weekly.
What are your tips for keeping your office organized?
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