Work would be so much easier if you could just remember where that important stack of papers was. Or your stapler. Or your invoices. Come to think of it, it’s tough to find anything in your office.
Maybe it’s time to consider using some office organization hacks that can make work – and let’s be honest, your life – easier. We thought we’d make it simple by researching the best office organization hacks and compiling them all into one place.
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15 Office Organization Hacks to Make Work Easier
The cords – hide ’em
Unplug all your cords, detangle them, gather them into a group, and thread them through the grommet or hole at the back of your desk. Don’t have anywhere to feed the cords or keep them together? There are tons of products that enable you to organize your cords in an attractive way. Consider covering your cords with fabric to keep them hidden.
Put your desk by a window
This one’s more for your mood than for office organization. Move your desk so that you’re facing a window – it’s been proven to make you more productive and boost your mood. If you want to make any effort at organizing your office, you’ll need both.
Roll away the bulky items
Grab a rolling cart and place something bulky on it – a printer, your processor, fax machine, etc. – and simply roll it away or out of sight when it’s not in use.
Back to the bulletin
Remember bulletin boards? Use them to attractively keep important notes, cards, and reminders at eye level in your office without cluttering your desk and monitor with sticky notes.
Shred and digitize
If your office is overwhelmed with papers, scan them individually, create file folders to organize them, and make sure you store them securely. Now, you can shred the physical paper copies and further declutter your office!
Clip-on desk organizers
These handy contraptions can help you keep small items organized and grouped. They just clip onto the side of your desk and can be moved easily without damaging the surface.
Get rid of one piece of furniture
There’s got to be one piece of furniture in your office that you can stand to get rid of, or at least move out of the office. Cutting down on the number of furniture pieces in your space will make it appear less cluttered and more organized!
Wall of clipboards
Grab a number of clipboards – we like groups of 3, 6, or 9 – and hang them on one wall together in a grid for an awesome office organization hack.
Bring in some live greenery
A simple pop of green can help you stay focused in your work space. A living plant in your office can help you stay organized by giving off extra oxygen and simply looking attractive in your space.
A place for doodads
Hidden from sight is the best way to store your office doodads like paperclips, sticky notes, and that endless supply of old salt packets you keep around just in case. Grab a tray to organize these items inside your desk drawer.
Make sure it’s all contained
Buckets, boxes, cube storage, tin cups – whatever means you use to contain your stuff is fine, but keep it contained if you want to stay organized!
Use a color code
Color code your office to make things easier – green labels for paid invoices, red for unpaid, orange for late, etc. You can color code your tax information as well to make tax time easier and keep past years’ returns organized!
Make use of vertical storage
Bookshelves, shelving, and walls are all great vertical storage options if you know how to use them. Don’t leave too much empty space around the walls of your office – use them to organize!
Use a shower rod in an unexpected way
Attach a shower rod somewhere in your office. Use the shower curtain rings to attach small, dollar-store caddies to the shower rod. Fill with small items that don’t have a place in your office to keep them out of your way.