How to Organize and Maximize Your Office Space


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We have put together some tips and tricks on how to organize and maximize your office space, while hopefully staying within a reasonable budget. According to Jeff Murphy in his blog article Our Favorite Office Organization Ideas for Maximum Productivity, having an organized office has been shown to reduce stress. The appearance of clutter signals to your brain that there’s extra work to be done. A stress-induced response can be triggered when your brain feels overwhelmed by actual or perceived work. By having your workspace organized, the frequency of that stress response can be reduced and give one a feeling of control.

  1. Gluing mason jars together and stacking them in pyramid shape can provide a quick and easy fix to keeping your items close by and organized at the same time. You can even go one step further by decorating each mason jar to give your desk a vibrant and personalized look.
  2. With all the different wires we use for electronics, our desks can turn into a tangled mess. Separating each wire and using binder clips to hold each wire to the side of your desk can be a simple cheap fix to keeping your wires neat and tidy! This can also help you locate specific wires more quickly and prevent you from having to go fishing for ends of wires that have fallen.
  3. In addition to keeping wires separated, labeling, and color-coding your cords and wires can come in very handy. Not only is this helpful for personal organization but also when you are sharing a multi-plug surge protector and need to discern between yours and your neighbor’s electronics.
  4. If you are looking to gain more real estate on your desk or floor space, mounting shelves, cabinets, or boxes above and around your desk can be great options!  
  5. Repurposing a utensil organizer as a draw divider can be a hack to keep your office draws from getting cluttered and allow you to easily locate your desired item quickly.
  6. Using a lazy susan to keep your desk items such as a stapler, cup of pens, or paperclips allows you to keep everything together but also be able to access individual items with ease and eliminate the problem of knocking times over in the process.
  7. Repurposing silicone cupcake liners to hold small office supplies can be a creative way to keep your desk fun and playful while being useful all at the same time.
  8. If you are looking to free up space on your desk, adding a pegboard to the wall next to or behind your desk can help keep items organized and close by.
  9. Painting a wall with magnetic chalk paint can be a great way to eliminate post-it and paper clutter from your desk.
  10. For a simpler and cheaper magnet board, try mounting a cookie sheet to your wall!
  11. If you’re looking to hid more of your larger desk items, having a cabinet with a pull-out draw can be a great place for a printer/scanner or other large items that may be taking up too much space on your desk.
  12.  If your looking to keep your office out of the way of your daily life, mounting shelving units in a closet of your home can help free up a room or give you the designated office space you are needing. When you’re done with work for the day, just close the door and continue to use the remaining space for other daily activities!

These are just a few tips and tricks to help you maximize your office space while sticking to a budget. We hope these come in handy, or help you to create your own DIY ideas. Happy organizing!


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