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ICYMI, this year my guiding word is “organized”. I DIY'ed and created a custom planner for all my needs, I've been purging my stuff non-stop since the move, and now I am tackling my desk and office clutter!
My desk was an awesome find from Homegoods, it could also work as a console table or kitchen table, but I needed it as a desk at the time and haven't gotten a new one. It doesn't have any drawers and is basically just a hub for collecting junk.
Do you know how frustrating it is to not have a single drawer to put your hole punch or scissors in?!? Legit, this is what a chaotic mess my desk looks like on the reg:
But NO MORE! I am putting an end to it and using Samsill's pop up document boxes!
Legit these things are so cool! They come folded up, and you just “pop” them open and lay the base to keep the structure. They are much sturdier than I thought they would be and come in a bunch of colors. Since I am not positive what direction my new home office is going in yet, I stuck with white.
These boxes are intended for storing documents, but I am using them for storage too as part of my organization efforts!
Here are 5 steps to organize your home office:
Step 1: Purge.
Legit toss everything that you can. Recycle old paper, shred outdated documents, donate things, throw out broken or no longer useful items. Really dump everything you no longer need.
Step 2: Create piles of like items.
Create a pile for mail, one for loose papers, one for writing utensils, one for traditional office supplies like tape and paper clips, and whatever else you may have going on. I like to make sure that everything is off my desk or shelves and organized into piles on the floor. Something about visually seeing it all laid out really helps me figure out where it will fit when finding it a home (future step).
Step 3: Dust and wipe!
Now that everything is finally off the shelves and desk, make sure you use this opportunity to dust everything and wipe it all down (from your desk to the items on the floor! Seriously ask yourself when was the last time you wipes your hole punch clean?)
Step 4: Get your papers in check.
I don't know about you, but paper is the biggest culprit of clutter in my office. Organize your papers by usefulness. For instance, if it's something you need to hold onto for 7-10 years in case you get audited, file those away either in a traditional filing cabinet or e-filer. If it's receipts you need to keep track of get an envelope or use a small document box. Personally, I am using small document boxes for filing incoming mail that's piled up (and credit cards/gift cards – basically financial related items) and one for receipts since I already have legal stuff organized in my binder filing system.
Step 5: Find things a home.
Now that things are organized by likeness and the paper is put away, you need to find each of the remaining items a home. Since I don't have drawers, I am using the medium document box from Samsill for my “office supplies” like my tape, hole punch, post its, and so on:
In my closet I have a big bin of photo props and back drops. The key here is to put things in a logical place (rather than throw it around haphazardly). If you were looking for a scissor, you may also look for tape so you want them next to each other. I know that may sound kind of obvious, but I have a tendency to put the tape in the fridge and my cell phone in the laundry basket #SMH.
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These are such a good idea. love it 🙂
I love all of these tips! I really need to go through all my papers too, they seem to add up SO quickly!
They add up so quick! the reminds me, I have some shredding to do today!
I also don’t have drawers haha. It seems like that is pretty common. I’ve been using letter sorters/organizers to hold notebooks and devices – it’s such a space saver!!
Haha why are all the cutest desks drawer free?! SO many people in this thread don’t have drawers! thats a good idea!
I bet you felt so good when everything was done and organized! We moved into a very small space and I’m still trying to figure out where to set up my “office”. I’m sure these would come in handy!
Haha it really does! I’ve been SO much more productive this week and happier! Like no joke, I feel like a new person! The boxes help with stack in a small space!
Love the tip’s in my whole house everything has a home and if it doesn’t have one, it has to go!
That’s the way to do it!
This is exactly what I need! Thanks for the tips and inspiration to get organized! 🙂
You’re welcome Joy!
I LIKE those boxes! Ordering NOW! Thank you for sharing!
I needed this motivation. I feel so much better when my space is clean and organized. It’s like the physical clutter starts to clutter your mind after a while!
Exactly! That’s exactly where I was at when I wrote this! I was crying like every day from the clutter!
I’m at the point where my entire apartment needs organizing not just my office BUT document boxes are s cute storage solution. First office, then tackle the rest of my place!
Haha I am so right there with you!
I find things in an office get so dusty, I love going to dust everything and get it all clean
SO DUSTY! It amazes me!
These are great tips for office organizing. Our desk (in our bedroom) looks fine so far, we do have a cabinet of papers, yes, a cabinet. Lol! My husband have it ever since. I love having a neat office desk.
lol a cabinet is better than a pile!
Haha so true.
You just motiviated me to go through my office stuff and rearrange and PURGE! 🙂
haha there was no after picture for this because the purge took SO much longer than expected! but it feels SO good now that it’s done!
Great tips – these look perfect for organizing!
Thanks! they’ve been a huge help!
I definitely need to go through my desk soon and clean some stuff out! I don’t have a designated office, just a small desk in our bedroom. Like yours, it doesn’t have and drawers and it drives me crazy haha. These storage boxes look really cute, I’ll have to look into getting a few – they would work great with my setup!
Yup! You can just stack them in the corner or underneath!
I love how boxes and organizers really clean up a space and just make it look and feel cleaner! These look great and I’m really glad that you’re finding them so helpful!
Sara @ College Compass
I love this!! I’m currently trying to organize my desk/office space and these will definitely help! xo
glad it was helpful!
I don’t currently have an office. I have a desk in the corner of a room. I really need to get it organized and make it a more functional working space.
That’s what I used to have! I kept the boxes stacked underneath it in the corner!
I freaking love organizing and office supplies is right up there with my loves. I also freaking love these boxes. We’re moving soon and I definitely could see using these boxes to organize old papers that are super unattractive to have lying around.
haha I love boxes too! My husband is always like “what’s in all of these?!?” and I know what each one has! haha
I’m in the same situation when it comes to a desk with no drawers! Thanks for the tips 😀
You’re welcome! Boxes have been my bread and better!
Firstly, I love the fact that you have a guiding word for the year. I started doing that in 2015… That year my word was discipline (because I felt like I was all over the place), 2016 was about compassion (because in my discipline, I took it a little too seriously and 2017 is all about massive action.
Secondly, I feel like we’re soul sisters because of the whole piles concept! I wrote an entire article about making four piles when you’re dealing with clutter and it’s the best thing ever. Thank you so much for your insight! <3
Oh no way!! Haha I need piles! I have to pull EVERYTHING out in order to organize it. I need to see it all to imagine where it will fit. My husband thinks I am crazy since I make a bigger mess in the process but it works!
Omg yes!!!!! I’m the exact same way hahahahahah.
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