One of my tasks for the new year was getting serious about office organization, specifically my home office. Over the past few months, this space has become more of a storage unit for craft and photography supplies, old bills and files, and even the random toy or clothing item. With the mounting clutter, it was no longer a functional office, which is a total waste!
Well no more! This week I buckled down and made a plan — the catch was that I had a $30 budget. (If I’m not careful, I can easily get carried away buying office organization items!)
To get the most bang for my buck, I shopped at Dollar General for this office organization project. I was able to get quite a few things (even a piece of furniture!) and still hit my budget right on the mark.
Here’s the “before” photo:
I didn’t take a shot of the entire room beforehand because it was too embarrassing! This is my actual work area — you can see that I already have a gorgeous desk (though it’s hidden under piles of stuff) and other trappings of an office, like a dry erase calendar.
The first thing I did was sort through all of that annoying paper — the bane of my existence and the biggest source of clutter in our house. I did some research a while back on what was ok to throw away and what I needed to keep (click here for my “paper clutter” clean-up checklist) but it was definitely time for another purge!
All files that needed to be kept (recent tax returns, important records, etc.) I sorted into folders and stacked neatly in these storage bins (which I labeled so I wouldn’t forget what was where). These were $4.50 each:
I got this bookshelf (which was actually very easy to assemble) for $15, and this is where I keep folders that I will be adding to throughout the year (2016 bank statements, bills paid, receipts, etc.). I even had room for some personal touches.
My favorite Dollar General find was this $5 hanging shoe holder — except I obviously didn’t use it for shoes! I labeled each pocket and this is my “incoming” area. All bills for the current month, receipts that need entered and filed, coupons, and nightly sales totals from my husband’s food truck are all readily accessible at arm’s reach. This is SO much more functional and aesthetically pleasing than a stack on my kitchen counter or the corner of my desk!
I love my “new” home office so much! It’s open, inviting, and functional. I can quickly get to all of my important files and photography equipment without tripping over them. (You might notice my photo screen and lights tucked away next to the couch – much better than the middle of the floor!) Why didn’t I do this office organization project sooner?!
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