Home offices, like any other room, are prone to the wave of clutter that seems to silently weave it’s way into our lives time and time again.
It’s something we’ve all experienced; You spend time tidying up your office only to get caught up in deadlines, projects, and life outside of work. And before you know it, you’re swimming in chaos again.
According to a study from the National Association of Productivity and Organizing, 55% of those polled would save roughly an hour a day if they were more organized. Another study from the same organization found that we spend about one year of our lives searching for lost items.
So by being more organized and ridding our spaces of clutter for good, we would not only save time in our day-to-day life, but we’d save an entire year’s worth of time.
Let that sink in for a second.
So, what does one do about this? We’ve pulled together our favorite home office items to keep you clutter-free (and sane).
Keep in mind, when it comes to purchasing office supplies, the last thing you want to do is add to your existing clutter situation. Depending on your home office setup, some of these items may make sense and some may not. Figure out what will actually help you keep your office organized and go from there.
1. Laptop stand
Oh, the laptop stand—the unsung hero of home offices everywhere.
Laptop stands are an excellent addition to any home office for several reasons because you can:
- Create extra room on your desk.
- Improve your posture due to elevating your screen.
- Increase the airflow to your computer.
- Choose from several types of laptop stands—including ones with additional organizational features—to maximize your space.
For such a simple office accessory, laptop stands keep your desk clear by creating space that wasn’t there before. Best of all, laptop stands come in a variety of sizes and designs so that you can keep your desk clutter-free in style.
Below are a few of our favorite laptop stands:
2. Drawer organizer + desk organizer
Junk drawers are just as bad as a cluttered desk. Drawer and desk organizers banish the junk drawer from your home office for good by ensuring that everything is where it should be.
Drawer organizers are great for storing items like pens, paper clips, and anything else you may typically have on your desk that takes up space. Assign each compartment to a different item, and you’ll never waste time digging through your desk drawers again.
No drawers in your desk? Consider a desk organizer instead. Just make sure it’s not so big that it takes over your entire desk as a result.
These are a few of our favorite organizers:
3. Cord organizer
This office supply is a real game-changer. Say goodbye to tangled cords (that we’ve all tripped over at some point) and say hello to organizational bliss.
Cord organizers are great because they immediately tidy up your space and they keep any potential electrical mishaps at bay.
Like other home office supplies, cord organizers come in a variety of styles and colors. Choose from simple snap-in organizers with adhesive backs for the ultimate setup or opt for an all-in-one organizer.
Give these cord organizers a try:
4. Paper organizer
Like drawer and desktop organizers, having a place to keep track of important papers is essential to a clutter-free home office.
The trick with this organizer is to leverage vertical space instead of having several flat trays, which take up a lot of room. Whether you want to hang these organizers on your wall or purchase a compact, vertical organizer, reducing the paper on your desk will drastically improve your space.
Check out these paper organizers:
5. Hanging shelf
Everyone has items in their office that make it feel like, well, theirs. Pictures of loved ones, plants, keepsakes, you name it.
But the truth is, these items can create a lot of clutter. So to reduce clutter while keeping your home office feeling like your space, this is where you can get creative.
Hanging shelves are great because, again, you’re leveraging vertical space and keeping things off your desk, which is where clutter typically starts. Plus, hanging shelves can completely change the look and feel of your office without much effort on your end (aside from hanging them).
These shelves will change your home office for the better:
6. Whiteboard or chalkboard
If you’re someone who needs to write things out to see the full picture—whether it’s for a design project or even just your to-do list—a whiteboard may be your new favorite office item.
These boards come in all shapes, sizes, and materials so you can get the perfect board for your space.
And lastly, because you can hang them, they save lots of space.
A few boards we like are:
So, how do I keep my home office clutter-free?
Armed with these new office supplies, you may now have a renewed sense of organization, but how do you make sure that happens?
Keep these “golden rules of a clutter-free home office” in mind:
- Make sure everything in your office has a purpose or place. If the item in question has neither, get rid of it.
- Keep the space on your desk as open as possible.
- Purge paper before it starts to pile up (maybe it’s finally time to go through those filing cabinets of documents…)
- Do an “organizational sweep” once a week to keep clutter from taking over.
Life happens, and so does clutter. It doesn’t mean you have to live and work amongst it if you don’t want to.
What are your favorite organizational home office supplies?
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