There is something so satisfying about being organized. Although, getting there can feel a bit daunting, especially when it comes to your home office. But have no fear — this task is actually easier than you might think. With the right tools and know-how, you'll be able to find a suitable home for all of your work essentials with plenty of space to spare. Ready to get started? Scroll on for our helpful guide, chock-full of organization and storage solutions that will get your workspace in tip-top shape in no time.
Home Office Built-In Storage
Whether your home came with built-ins or you have the extra space to add them, this custom option provides plenty of storage. The combinations — including drawers, cabinets, cubbies, and open shelves — are seemingly endless and can be made to fit your space and your specific needs. It's an ideal way to keep big bulky items — like books, binders, magazines — organized (and off of your desk and the floor). Not to mention you can also add a few decorative accents to your bookshelves to create visual interest and a dash of personality.
Home Office Freestanding Storage
If you don't have space or the budget for custom built-ins, or perhaps you just don't like the look, that's totally fine. There are plenty of freestanding options on the market to help you stylishly organize your workstation.
- Bookcases or shelving units: A bookcase, or shelving unit, is a nice alternative to a wall of built-in cabinets. It's less permanent and takes up less space. Plus, they are available in a wide variety of sizes, finishes, and styles.
- Hutch or storage cabinet: Like the idea of a shelving unit, but don't necessarily want everything out on display? We feel you. Luckily there are tons of storage cabinets on the market in every size, style, and finish you can think of. There are even lockable options available.
- Filing cabinets: If you're looking for something smaller that you can tuck under your desk, or you're just more concerned with keeping important documents organized, then a file cabinet should probably be on your list. They usually come with multiple storage drawers for ample space to stash folders and paperwork. And while you can still get an old-school, heavy-duty metal cabinet reminiscent of corporate office designs of yore, they also come in more modern colors, finishes, and styles, too. Plus, most of them are equipped with casters now, so you can roll them around as needed.
- Desks with storage: Or, you can opt for a more seamless look and invest in an office desk that already has a storage cabinet built-in. Don't forget to invest in a few drawer organizers, too.
Home Office Wall Shelving and Pegboards
Wall shelving is probably one of the quickest, easiest, and least expensive solutions when it comes to office storage. IKEA has floating shelves for as little as $20! They come in long and short lengths so you can find something that fits perfectly in your space. Hang one simple shelf above your desk or go all out with shelves floor-to-ceiling. Either way, open shelving is a great way to free up valuable floor and desk space, making even small spaces feel bigger and more open. Have fun styling them by incorporating more than just desk accessories and books. Think home decor like art, plants, candles, bookends, and any other accents that might inspire you during your workday.
Another quick and easy office storage idea worth considering is a pegboard. Usually made of plywood or MDF, these handy wall racks are simple to install and offer a bevy of storage space for small office supplies and essentials.
Home Office Desktop Organization
Keep your desktop free of clutter too with a few key items. Perhaps a tumbler for stray pens and pencils, a small container or two for paper clips, binder clips, and thumbtacks, and maybe a pair of paper drawers to stash documents you want to keep at your fingertips or small office supplies like tape, staples, and Post-its. You'd be surprised just how much something as simple as a desktop organizer can help.
Home Office Cable Organization
Nothing is more annoying than spending all of your time and energy organizing your desktop, only to stand back and discover that the electronic cords below are a tangled hot mess. Avoid this common home office faux pas, not to mention eyesore, with cable management. There are plenty of options to choose from, ranging from small and inconspicuous to colorful and playful. You can even challenge yourself to this minimalist DIY cable organizer.
Home Office Storage DIYs
And speaking of DIYs, there are plenty of home office projects to choose from that will help you get and stay organized. From book/magazine racks to shelving to bookcases to cabinets, there are a whole host of clever ideas out there to choose from. And not only are do-it-yourself projects a great way to make use of your hands, but they also add a unique, personal touch to your workstation.
Where to Shop for Home Office Storage and Organization
Ready to get organized? Here are a few of our favorite brands to shop for stylish and functional office storage options.
Ariane Moore is an Editor at Hunker. After earning her B.S. in Interior Architecture and Design, she enjoyed working on a variety of projects ranging from residential to hospitality at award winning design firms in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She also served as Design Editor at Natural Child World magazine.