Clear the clutter and create a beautiful and uber-organized desk area on a budget. You'll need the following materials: assorted magazine and lidded storage boxes, paintbrush, paint or wallpaper, photo frames and trash bins (for sorting).
Paper is the biggest organizing challenge in most offices. Make sure you have one designated location for all incoming papers that need your attention. A second tray is helpful for items that no longer need action but need to be filed. Just make sure to set aside time to file each week.
Much like papers need an inbox, magazines and catalogs need an assigned location to prevent them from cluttering up the office. Use a pretty magazine file to gather incoming unread magazines. When you need a break, you’ll know where to find the latest issue.
Much like the printing station, designating a mailing station will save time and unneeded frustration. Gather various envelopes, stamps, return address labels and note cards in one place. Sending a thank you card will be easier than ever!
Have you ever ended up with scraps of paper containing the various thoughts and ideas that come up while you are working? Designate one notebook to write them all down. It will keep the ideas safe and your office organized.
Consider picking a printer stand that incorporates closed storage. This lets you create an organized printing station. You’ll want space for extra paper, new ink cartridges and old cartridges ready to be recycled.
Are those the bills you paid? Or the ones you were going to pay? And why did you save those seemingly random pamphlets? A label maker like the top-rated Epson can ID your folders, inboxes and everything else so you know what’s what.
Look for bookcases that provide a combination of open and closed storage. The open area helps the room feel larger and provides easy access to books, while doors and drawers hide items that could make the space look cluttered.
Papers you are keeping for long term storage are generally the most important, but you don’t need them at your fingertips. If you don’t have a safety deposit box, keep your most important documents in a fire-resistant box.
You get inspired to move the furniture, one thing leads to another, and suddenly, you have a mess of unplugged cables and no memory of what went where. Or maybe you just want to unplug the modem and not the printer, and all the cords look alike. Labeling your cords solves the problem (and keeps you organized when you put things away).