Home Office Organization Ideas Under $20


Much is unknown about the condition and fate of the modern office worker as orders for work from home increase and people return to the traditional office. For many people, of course, that return won’t happen — many employers will give employees the choice, and some will even move away from brick-and-mortar offices altogether. That means the home office will be a keeper for many people.

If your home office could use a little help getting papers and files, charging cords and desk accessories in order, we’ve got ideas. We spoke to experts Nonnahs Driskill, founder of Get Organized Al!, and Rachel Hoffman, a cleaning and organization expert and the author of “Unf*ck Your Habitat” and “Cleaning Sucks,” to ask for their top tips for getting a home office in order. And we asked them to recommend the very best organizational solutions, all priced under $20.

Driskill recommends these clear, vertical file folders that “keep your current projects organized, but out of the way.” She likes the “nice, streamlined look” of the translucent plastic file holder and the versatility of the keyhole back that allows the file holder to be mounted on the wall.

Songmics 3 Tier Rolling Cart

A three-tier rolling cart is a favorite of organizers and small-space experts who love its slim footprint, deep storage pockets, and portability. In a home office, this cart can be used to store files or hobby supplies — or, as one organization expert we spoke to, uses hers, a printer dock to organize cartridges, cords, and printer paper.

Hongdream wall mount pegboard

The desk itself isn’t the only storage space available — Hoffman says he thinks of the space above, next to and below the desk as a place to create additional storage space. She also gives this helpful tip: “For people who can’t install anything on their walls, leaning pegs or magnetic boards with accompanying storage accessories can help get many items off the desk and into a more remote location.”

Kuhome Pegboard Accessories

Customize a pegboard system to fit your organization needs with an accessory set like this one, which includes six cups with ring-shaped holders to attach to the board, which can be used to store pens, pencils, scissors, spare charging cords and more.

Baskiss Cord Management Organizer

Self-adhesive cord managers grip cords, keeping them within reach rather than on the floor. This removable, self-adhesive cord-organizing strip has seven slots and is safe to use on drywall, plastic, wood, glass, metal or rubber.

Kootek cable management sleeve

If your home office has been overtaken by a mass of unruly cords, a cable management sleeve can help bring some visual order to the room. This style is made from neoprene, so it’s flexible and reversible, so you can choose the white or black side, whichever suits your decor best. The cover is 118 inches long and can be cut into smaller pieces with scissors, or used in its entirety to hide a longer piece of cord or cords.

Cable tray on the wall cable cover

Another way to manage and hide cords is to use a baseboard cover. This D-Line cover is available in five colors — beige, white, black, silver/grey and oak — to match most skirting boards. And because they’re made of PVC, they can also be painted to match unusual wall or baseboard colors.

mDesign 3-layer storage stand

Hoffman specifically mentioned that drawer-less desks and other forms of built-in storage are trendy and less expensive, and therefore often popular in home offices. If you find that some extra storage space is needed, a desk riser will add more space and keep clutter organized.

Desktop bookshelf with drawers

Creating more desk space can be as simple as investing in a narrow tabletop shelf that can sit on top of a desk. Look for styles that offer open shelves for storing paper planners, notebooks, and mailing supplies, as well as single drawers for storing smaller items like phone chargers.

Extendable Desk Organizer with Drawers

As Hoffman puts it, desk organizers with small drawers are a good choice “so not everything is always on display.” This desk organizer has open shelves and some drawers to store small items when not in use.

Office Accessories Caddy

Hoffman emphasizes using the space above, below and around a desk for storage. But if using vertical space to hang shelves isn’t an option, look for a desk organizer with a small footprint that won’t take up much space.

Headphone holder for headphones

Desktop space is valuable and it’s important to keep it organized, but so is keeping frequently used home office items, such as bulky headsets, within reach. This clip-on headset and headphone holder can be attached to the side of a desk so that the headphones are out of the way, but still there when you need them.

Clip for drinking cup holder

A clip-on-desktop drinking cup holder keeps that all-important water bottle, soda can, or coffee cup next to you — but not on your desk, where it takes up space and threatens important papers and expensive electronics with accidental spills.

Desk side pen holder

Even in our digital world you occasionally need a pen. This inexpensive pen holder snaps onto the side of a desk, leaving the surface of the desk free and a pen always close at hand when you need one.

Desk clamp Power strip

By clipping a power strip to the bottom of the desk, you always have juice at the right time. It’s also nice to get power strips off the floor, where they get in the way and collect a lot of dust.

Drawers under the desk, set of 2

Drawers under the desk create hidden storage compartments for small items such as pens and chargers. Be sure to measure the height of your desktop to make sure the drawers fit properly.

Remote Control Caddy

Remote controls are not typically associated with offices, but today everything from standing fans to lighting systems comes with a remote control. If you have a lot of electronics and associated remotes in your home office, a $10 solution can keep them all in one easy-to-find place.

mDesign slim plastic trash can with handles, 2-pack

Sure, most home offices have a trash can to dispose of trash, but recyclable materials like cardboard boxes and soda cans are just as common in a home office as they are in a regular office. Set up a small recycling center with two small, inexpensive trash cans for all those recyclables.

Floating Shelves

Standing bookshelves take up a lot of space and can be pricey, but a set of inexpensive wall-mounted floating shelves can add a lot of storage space in a home office. Shelves can be used for binders, books or desk accessories, and they are also a beautiful way to display plants or collections.

Y-Weave Medium Decorative Storage Basket

When it comes to storing small items in a home office, small bins on floating shelves can be used to create a streamlined look. These small, lightweight bins are perfect for storing office supplies on floating shelves to clear desk clutter.

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