Organizing supplies for your home computer desk should not cost more than the ink for your computer. There are plenty of pricey office storage boxes in your favorite colors and fancy file organizers, but guess what? Cheaper versions, and re-purposed items you already have at home hold paper just as effectively. Use these nifty ideas from professional organizers and your home computer desk will be neat and tidy. The best part is you will still have money in your pocket to buy the stuff you really need, like an external hard drive to back up your home computer files.
Home Computer Desk Organizing: Easy and Inexpensive Supplies to Get It Done
Vertical Files – Think Twice
According to Professional Organizer Jessica Dolan (Room to Breathe), both horizontal and vertical files “become catch-alls for everything.” She advises that home computer desk users “give everything a specific home in the office.” You can still use your coveted files, as long as you actually use them. Devise a filing system that encourages you to take action.
Dolan also recommends using “cute jars (especially ones that candles were once in) are great for paper clips, rubber bands or loose change” rather than buying new.
Gift Boxes As Drawer Organizers
She also recommends using what you already have at home, including gift boxes. Gift boxes of all sizes will help keep your home computer desk drawers organized.
Homemade Magnetic Board
Purchase a cheap metal tray and paint it or hang it backwards if it features a holiday design. Sometimes filing away means forgetting, and if that fits you, hang up the absolute essential items you need to act upon today or this week. Clean off the magnetic board weekly.
Use homemade magnets to hang up papers you need to have in front of you. Buy a roll of magnetic tape and turn stray Scrabble letters or glass plant marbles into home office magnets.