For many people, home offices are an essential area of the house. Whether they are used as the base for a home business, as an area to complete work when at home, or as a place to pay bills and keep track of the household budget, many people use their home office on a regular basis.
I do and I make it a point to purchase the most appropriate office furniture and office accessories to match my working style. I recently purchased what I consider the best office chair for my needs and a while back bought the perfect modern computer desk which I simply could not live without. Aside from the office furniture, getting organized at home is the key to properly utilizing a home office.
There are a number of easy home office organization ideas that will keep the office from becoming cluttered. There are also a number of cool office supplies that you can use in the home office. These home office solutions will improve the overall function of an office, making it possible for a person to use the room in a more efficient manner. Home organization ideas are plentiful and you just have to make it a point to implement them in your life.
Office Desk Accessories
A desk is the center of most home offices. These days the modern computer desk is the choice over an antique roll top desk or a solid wood desk if you want this core office item to be built for your computer system. It is also an area that tends to become messy and cluttered easily, but desk organization can greatly improve the efficiency of this area. Using office desk accessories such as a desktop organizer can greatly reduce the clutter, and keep the desk area clean and organized. There are many desk organizer ideas available for both the surface of a desk and desk drawers. The first step to an organized office is an organized desktop.
A number of desktop organizers are on the market to keep common items in their proper place. One of the most useful desktop organizer products are wire trays. These inexpensive products make it easy to keep track of papers, such as bills and invoices, as a person goes through them. Bills and invoices that have not been read can be placed in one tray as they come in, and then transferred to another tray when they are paid. The Safco Mesh Desk Organizer seen here is an example of a handy desk organizer. Some professionals subscribe to journals and trade publications that pertain to their work; it is easy for these publications to make a big mess and end up all over the room. Magazine cases are useful desk top organizers to keep the magazines at hand when needed, while also keeping them organized by date and subject. A magazine case can hold many issues on top of a desk without taking up too much space.
Many people throw multiple items into desk drawers to get them out of the way. This quickly results in drawers that are full of stuff, making it hard for a person to find the items that they need. You can oftentimes find this when it comes to a kitchen drawer as well. A desk drawer organizer such as the Post-it Expandable Drawer Organizer seen here is designed to fit into drawers of all sizes, and using one makes it easy to common office items such as pens, paper clips, and staples. Home office desk accessories are usually inexpensive, but they can greatly enhance the usability of a desk.
Office Storage Solutions
A desk in a home office can only provide so much storage. In order to keep a home office fully organized other office storage solutions should be used. A desktop computer can take up valuable room on a desk. A CPU holder such as the Ziotek CPU Holder Under Desk Mount seen here, can give a desk extra room by safely storing the CPU of a computer underneath a desk. A CPU stand hold a variety of different models, and it is easy to mount one on the underside of a desk. Many models can be pulled out for easy access to the CPU.
A filing cabinet is a great piece of office furniture to use in order to keep track of multiple papers, such as tax returns, bills, invoices, or other important documents. Depending on the amount of paperwork that needs to be organized, a person can select either a 4 drawer file cabinet or a 2 drawer file cabinet. These cabinets typically have deep drawers, and a person can purchase the best hanging drawer organizer to meet his needs. A filing cabinet next to a home office desk makes it easy for a person to access important documents quickly. You can even purchase an organizer within an organizer as is seen in the Rubbermaid Hanging Drawer Organizer in the image to the left.
When a person decides to get organized he may find that a filing cabinet does not provide enough home office storage on its own. Home office cabinets are available to provide extra storage. Many retailers sell easy to assemble home office cabinets in a variety of sizes. For a custom look cabinets can also be built by a carpenter. Cabinets are a great place to store home office items that are not used on a regular basis.
With so many office organizers available people may overlook how useful a wall organizer can be. There are several different wall organizers available; they may include a plastic organizer that attaches to the wall, or shelves that can hold a variety of office supplies. Using wall space is a great way to include extra space in a home office. If you inhabit a cubicle during your working day there are cubicle accessories that you can purchase that attach to your cubicle walls for storage.
Other Office Organization Products
It requires time and effort to incorporate the best home office organization ideas to create an office that is organized and easy to work in. After organizing the office desk, using a filing cabinet, and adding wall storage, there are several other office organization products available to further enhance the usability of the area. Since mail is delivered six days a week it often piles up if not attended to daily. A mail organizer like the Gramata Wooden Mail Organizer shown here can make it easy to sort each piece of mail that a person receives. Using this type of organization product keeps a person on top of their mail, ensuring that important letters are dealt with in a timely manner. An office paper shredder is another accessory that you can use to shred mail that you don't need which will help to cut down on clutter.
While some people have a large space for their home office, others may work in a tight area with a small desk. When space is at a premium, an under desk keyboard tray, or a keyboard drawer, can provide an extra workspace when the computer is not being used. These products easily store a keyboard out of sight, making the desk area look cleaner and better organized. When use of the keyboard is required it is easy to access. If you are looking for some interesting products for your flat panel monitor you might want to check out this article where I discuss three of my favorite monitor accessories.
White boards like the Board Dudes 11″ x 14″ Metalix Magnetic Dry Erase Board seen here and cork boards make it easy to write ideas, or pin important information, where it will be seen. A magnetic whiteboard can be used to write down ideas, while also holing sources of business inspiration. These items are inexpensive, but can be a great addition to a home office.
A cluttered, messy home office can be a disaster, but an organized office allows a person to work efficiently. If a person does most of their work from home their home office is essential, but even an office used for household business needs to be well organized. There are many great home office organization ideas available, and utilizing them will make a home office a lot easier to use.