When it comes to organization, things can be a bit overwhelming. Poor organization can lead to stress and anxiety—and this can be especially true for a home office. Often times, we don’t think about organizing the office until it’s too late. Things always seem to suddenly pile up on your desk and feel extremely cluttered. You’ve got your coffee mug from last week, old documents that could have been thrown out long ago, and far too many pens scattered about your desk.
It’s time to stop stressing about that important document you can’t seem to find because it’s hidden under a pile of papers waiting to be filed. It’s time to start organizing your home office by utilizing wire shelving, wall space, desktop storage and other storage solutions. Figuring out how to efficiently maximize space in your office might seem impossible, but with a few simple tips, it can be done.
The first step in creating a clean and organized office is to go through everything and toss out what you don’t need anymore. Old documents that aren’t necessary to keep could be shredded, file cabinets that are bulky and take up a lot of space might need to be replaced with more efficient options, and pens or accessories that don’t work anymore can be tossed. Once you’ve thrown out things that no longer serve you or are necessary to keep, you can really determine what type of storage options will be best for you going forward.
If you don’t have a closet in your office (or you do, but it isn’t very functional), consider creating a custom closet. With a custom closet, you can decide the exact layout, design, and materials that will go into it. Consider a design with plenty of shelves or options for baskets. You can even create drawers that will serve as an aesthetically pleasing and functional alternative to a file cabinet.
You can even go a step further by organizing the inside of your closet. Opt for a system that you will always be able to utilize. Keep certain things in the same place—and utilize labels for baskets or boxes that hold files to make it easy to find certain things. If you want to have a file cabinet with a lock, but hate the ugly look of them, a closet provides a secure place to hide them.
Closets can also provide a space to keep any extra electronics and cables that you’re constantly tripping over. If you don’t use them every day, make a space in the closet for extra cords, chargers, or electronics. This approach will ensure you don’t trip over them while freeing up space for other items that might be more relevant.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of creating an entire closet, just utilize the wall space. Wire shelving can be a good option to keep dust and debris at bay. This solution is also easy to clean and maintain. You can use baskets to hide unwanted items from view, too.
You could also consider creating lockers—something you might see in a mudroom—as another storage option. This way you don’t have to create an entire closet, but you have a place to store items that are not aesthetically pleasing.
One way to create a more organized office is to use your desktop. Opt for a monitor or laptop stand that also has space underneath to place the keyboard or some notebooks. Wire baskets, letter holders, or office supply organizers can help you keep things uncluttered. And remember, only keep things on top of your desk that you use every day—or relevant documents you may need. Store anything else in your desk drawers or in the closet.
Organizing your office can seem overwhelming, but Harkraft can help you take on the task. With over 50 years of expertise, one of our certified installation representatives can take your home office to the next level. We can help you design a custom closet and find solutions to all of your storage needs. Contact us today to request a design consultation! We can’t wait to hear from you.