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
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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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