Much is not known about the state and fate of the modern office worker as home work orders increase and people begin to return to the traditional office. For many people, of course, that comeback won’t happen – many employers will leave the choice to employees, and some will even move away from brick-and-mortar offices altogether. This means that the home office will be here to stay for many people.
If your home workspace needs help organizing your papers and files, charging cords and office accessories, we’ve got some ideas. We spoke to experts Nonnahs Driskill, founding organizer of Get organized already!, and Rachel Hoffman, cleaning and organizing expert and author of “Smash your home“and”Cleaning sucksFor their top tips for tidying up a home office. And we asked them to recommend the best organizational solutions, all under $ 20.
3 Section Clear Vertical File
Driskill recommends these neat vertical file folders that will “keep your current projects organized but out of the way.” She loves the “nice, clean look” of the translucent plastic file holder and the versatility of the keyhole holder that allows the file holder to be mounted on the wall.
Songmics 3 Tier Rolling Cart
A tri-tier rolling cart is a favorite of organizers and small-space design experts who love the small footprint, deep storage compartments, and portability. In a home office, this cart can be used to store files or hobby supplies – or, as the organizational expert we spoke to, uses his for a print station to keep cartridges, cords and printer paper organized.
Hongdream Wall Perforated Panel
The desk itself isn’t the only storage space available – Hoffman says to consider the space above, next to, and below the desk as a place to create additional storage space. She also offers this helpful tip: “For people who can’t fit anything on their walls, pegboards or magnetic boards with matching storage accessories help take many items off the desk and store them away. location.”
Accessories for Kuhome perforated panels
Customize a pegboard system to meet your organization needs with an accessory set like this, which includes six mugs with ring-style brackets to attach to the board, which can be used to store pens, pencils, scissors, spare charging cords and more.
Baskiss Cord Management Organizer
Adhesive cord managers grab the cords, keeping them close at hand rather than on the floor. This peel and stick adhesive cord organization strip has seven slots and can be used safely on drywall, plastic, wood, glass, metal or rubber.
Kootek cable management sleeve
If your home office has been overrun with a mass of unruly cords, a cable management sleeve can help bring some visual order to the room. This style is made of neoprene, so it’s flexible and reversible, letting you choose the white or black side depending on what best suits your decor. The sleeve is 118 inches long and can be cut into small pieces using scissors, or used whole to hide a longer stretch of cord or cords.
Wall cable cover for cable tray
Another way to manage and conceal cords is to use a baseboard cover. This D-Line cover is available in five colors – beige, white, black, silver / gray and oak wood – that will match most baseboards. And, because they’re made of PVC, they can also be painted to match unusual wall or baseboard colors.
MDesign 3 Tier Shelving Organizer Holder
Hoffman specifically mentioned that desks without drawers and other forms of built-in storage are more trendy and cheaper, and therefore tend to be popular in home offices. If you find that a little extra storage is needed, a raised desktop shelf adds space and keeps the clutter organized.
Office bookcase with drawers
Creating more desk space can be as easy as investing in a narrow table shelf that can sit on a desk. Look for styles that offer open shelves for storing paper agendas, notebooks, and mailing supplies, as well as drawers for storing smaller items like phone chargers.
Expandable desk organizer with drawers
As Hoffman says, desk organizers with small drawers are a good choice “so not everything is on display all the time.” This desk organization system has open shelves and drawers to store small items when not in use.
Caddy desk accessories
Hoffman emphasizes the use of space above, below and around a desk for storage. But if using vertical space to install shelving isn’t an option, look for a desktop storage tray with a small footprint that won’t take up a lot of floor space.
Headset stand holder
Office space is precious and it’s important to keep it uncluttered, as is keeping often-used home office items close at hand, like bulky headsets. This clip-on headset and headset holder attach to the side of a desk, keeping the headset out of the way but still there when you need it.
Cup holder clip
A cup holder that snaps onto the desk keeps that all-important water bottle, soda can, or coffee mug by your side, but out of your desk, where it takes up space and threatens important papers and expensive electronics from a spill accident.
Desk side pen holder
Even in our digital world, you still need a pen every now and then. This inexpensive pen holder clips onto the side of a desk, keeping the desk surface free while ensuring that there is always a pen handy when you need it.
Power Strip Desktop Clamp
Attaching a power strip under the desk means you always have juice when you need it. It is also nice to remove multiple sockets from the ground, where they get in the way and accumulate a lot of dust.
Drawers under the desk, pack of 2
Drawers under the desk create hidden pockets of storage space for small items like pens and chargers. Just be sure to measure the height of your desk to make sure the drawers will fit properly.
Caddy remote control
Remote controls aren’t usually associated with desks, but nowadays everything from pedestal fans to lighting systems comes with a remote. If you have a lot of electronics and matching remotes in your home office, a $ 10 solution will keep them all in one easy-to-locate place.
mDesign Slim Plastic Waste Bin with Handles, 2-Pack
Sure, most home offices have a trash can for throwing out the trash, but recyclables like cardboard boxes and soda cans are just as often found in a home office as they are in a regular office. Set up a small recycling center with two small, inexpensive bins for all of those recyclables.
Freestanding shelving takes up a lot of space and can be expensive, but a set of inexpensive wall mounted floating shelves can add a lot of storage to a home office. The shelves can be used for files, books or office accessories, and they are also a nice way to display plants or collections.
Y-Weave Decorative Medium Storage Basket
When it comes to storing small items in a home office, the small bins can be used on floating shelves to create a clean look. These small, lightweight bins are perfect for storing office supplies on floating shelves to de-clutter the desk.