An organized office space is essential if you work from home or have a home business, even if your office space is used primarily for paper storage, a computer, and miscellaneous office supplies. Keeping everything under control with an organized system and de-cluttering often is necessary to avoid searching for misplaced items, buying multiple items (because you can’t find something) or forgetting to pay a bill. Since I began working from home, I realized that working in my craft room or various other places in our home all day was not working for me. So I’m sharing How to Organize Your Home Office with pictures of our shared office and guest room.
Creating the perfect home office in our home proved to be a challenge as both the hubby and I work from home and his home office was already shared with our only guest room. Here is a post with some before pictures of the hubby’s office combined with our guest room and a before picture below.
And a before from the other side of the room…
It was okay, right? But I needed a space for myself to work in addition to this serving as a guest room and the hubby’s office. We have a full-sized futon in the room for guests so the room needs to be cozy but not too cozy since we needed the space to be functional so we continue to be productive.
My craft room is located in a large walk-in closet in the guest room/office. It’s nice to have that closed space for crafting, (since it can get messy when I’m working on major projects) but it was not ideal for me to be stuck in this tiny room all day. Here’s a picture of my craft room…
So I put together a $300 budget since I knew I would need a new desk, new chair and maybe a few other things and we started brain storming.
Our first task was to remove something from the room in order to find space for my desk. We started by removing one of the file cabinets since everything that was in them could be consolidated to one file cabinet. We moved the cabinet to the other side of the room, along with the TV/printer and moved the dresser that was next to my craft room door into Leela’s room (it worked out perfectly since she didn’t have a dresser). Since this is the guest room, we had some existing hooks on the back of the door for guests to hang items.
We moved the futon in-between the 2 ladder shelves and I de-cluttered the office supplies in the baskets on the shelves.
I arranged some fun decorative pieces on the top shelves. Some of these items have been in storage from back when I staged homes – it’s nice to have a use for those items finally!
The dresser that we moved out held linens for guests and since we removed it, we’re using the baskets on the ladder shelves to hold linens (sheets, blankets, etc) for guests. The very top framed artwork has our degrees displayed – his on his side and mine on my side 🙂
We moved the mirror above the futon and the hubby built some awesome mason jar wall lamps – which are currently pictured with small potted succulents but there is a large (battery operated) candle in the jar as well. To make this lantern: cut some wood to the size of the jar and paint to distress. I painted the jar lid black and the hubby drilled some holes in the lid, attached a small chain and hung from a screw.
I hung a DIY floral wreath with some burlap ribbon on the mirror. We literally made the wreath and lanterns with scraps from around the house!
It feels SO cozy in this part of the room, I can’t wait for guest to come over and (hopefully) they feel right at home.
So, you may have guessed that since we moved the futon, that gave us space to put my new desk in the room. Oh, and we moved the hubby’s desk to face the windows so we are not in each other’s faces all day while we work! Plus he likes to look at the window while he works 😉
I added some painted cork squares above his desk. Just add painters tape in any pattern, paint and arrange in a pattern on the wall.
This wall file organizer was in our mudroom, but I like it so much better in the corner of this room for paper organization.
The hubby was against putting curtains in this room when we first bought our house 2 years ago. He wanted to keep it masculine and simple. So before installing curtain rods, I tested things out by placing 1 white curtain panel on each window using a tension rod. After a few weeks, I got his approval and we installed curtains 🙂 I tied some burlap ribbon to each panel to make the space feel cozy.
I’m so excited about my desk, it’s pretty bad-ass since it can convert to a standing or sitting desk pretty easily. We choose a white desk for me, although the hubs had a black desk and black chair, opposite with a white desk and white chair. I guess this room is like Yin and Yang now, haha.
Above my desk, I hung some of my free printable work space quotes. You can download the free printable wall art by going HERE.
I took the small baskets that we had on the ladder shelves and placed them under my desk for extra storage. This works perfectly with smaller items that I don’t want scattered all over my desk top.
How to organize your office
Now that you have seen my space and have some organizing supplies in mind, do you have thoughts on how to better organize your work space? If you think you already have enough supplies, then start sorting through the paperwork. Revisit the designated areas to sort items – Recycle, Trash, Sell, Donate, Shred, Sentimental.
Supplies to organize your office
- Hanging Files
- Manila Folders
- File Box – for the mobile office
- Paper Shredder
- Desk Caddy
- Bulletin Board
- Magazine File Boxes
- Desktop File Sorter
- Pegboard & Pegboard Accessories
- Hidden Compartment box
- Recycling Bin (please recycle!)
- Printable Labels
Clean/organize your desk
The hubby and our kids are guilty of creating clutter on top of the office desk. It’s inevitable when you are working hard and multitasking. The kids like to sit at his desk and color on scrap paper and then leave it all over the place.
Here’s a tip to re-use paperwork that you would otherwise put in the recycling bin – use the back side for notes, doodling or for the kids to use for drawing/coloring, etc. We have a clipboard in the office with a stack of collected paperwork with a blank back page. We scribble notes on these until we can justify recycling it – this will save you a ton of money in sticky notes and paper costs!
Sort through your desk
- Start sorting through any items on your desk topand place in a designated home (Recycle, Trash, Sell, Donate, Shred). Only place items back that you use on a daily basis on the top of your desk.
- Do these same steps for the inside of your desk (drawers/cabinets)?
Sort through your work space on a regular basis. How often will depend on how often you use the space. If you use your office daily, then I say a weekly basis is fine. If your work space is out of control, add the office/work space area to your “High Traffic Area” space and de-clutter weekly like we have been doing with other high traffic areas. The key here is to be consistent so you are not stuck with a mound of paperwork and other items in your work space to clean up at one-time.
Complete your office organization with these printable labels!
PDF File Includes (3 labels per page on 8 pages = 24 total labels):
– 2017 label (1)
– 2018 label (1)
– 2019 label (1)
– BILLS PAID label (1)
– BILLS label (1)
– PAPERWORK label (1)
– IN label (1)
– OUT label (1)
– TO DO label (1)
– MAILING SUPPLIES label (1)
– MAIL label (1)
– POST-IT NOTES label (1)
– PAPER SUPPLIES label (1)
– PENS/MARKERS label (1)
– STAPLES label (1)
– PAPER CLIPS label (1)
– COPY PAPER label (1)
– THUMBTACKS label (1)
– RUBBERBANDS label (1)
– PRINTER INK label (1)
– OFFICE SUPPLIES label (3)
– Blank Label – write whatever you want
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