Home Office Storage Organizing

This page will give you some home office storage organizing ideas so you can declutter and give all your things a place. 

There is nothing worse than trying to find staplers, or pencils in a chaotic mess especially if you suddenly need them for jotting down a point from a phone call, or filling in the endless school forms from for the kids.

The picture below shows my frustrating and VERY untidy home office organizing  space. It got to the point I just threw things in and closed the door so it wouldn't all fall out. 

But it got to the point where enough...was...enough...something had to be done!

How To Organize Clutter - Tip 1: If you have an office start by creating piles of 'like' items e.g.plain paper, bills, pens, textas, kids drawings, magazines, etc

How To Organize Clutter - Tip 2: Go through each category, one by one and be ruthless, ask yourself - 'Do I really Need That?', 'Have I paid that bill?' What bills/paper work is urgent?' 

If you are looking through children's drawings and art work - be ruthless, keep the best work, or the item that appeals to you the most and then THROW out the rest. This is hard, but necessary especially if you have arty kids who love to draw and believe everything they give you is equally special....guilt!

How To Organize Clutter - Tip 3: Once you have clear categories now is the time for organizing and putting these items away. 

The following are the categories I used for creating my own home office storage organizing system.

  • Halloween items
  • Chalk
  • Stationary
  • Kids Drawing pictures I want to keep
  • Paddlepop sticks
  • Colourful, nice bags for putting presents in
  • Stickers
  • Magnets
  • Shells
  • Ribbons
  • Tools (hammer, glue gun, ceramic tools etc)
  • Odds & Ends
  • Acrylic paint
  • Oil Paint
  • My Paintbrushes
  • Kids Paintbrushes
  • Mozaic pieces
  • coloured pencils
  • Cards & Stencils
  • Beads
  • Glues
  • A4 drawing paper for kids
  • Writing paper

What If You Do Not Have An Office?

Not every home has an office space. Unfortunately the home we are currently renting has no office, as frustrating as this is, it is possible to still organize yourself. This is what I have done to organize the kids school stuff, my home business books and relief teaching books and papers.

If you have no home office, the tip to how to organize your home to cater for this is to have a number of designated areas.

For example I have a -

  • filing cabinate located in my bedroom
  • hallway shelves devoted to all my art, craft, stationary, office supplies etc (see above)
  • a bookcase in the living room which has a shelf for teaching, a shelf for interior decorating and I am also studing at present, so I have a shelf for all my University books.
  • A shelf in the kitchen for notice boards, pencils, rubbers, sharpeners, texts etc

It is all about  being flexible and working with the home you have.

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