In this article: These 7 simple paper clutter organizing tips for your small home office will help you find the perfect place for everything!
Now that we’ve dramatically downsized our home, I find it’s necessary to keep close tabs on the clutter that creeps in. (Where does it all come from??)
After a few weeks of busy projects, my small home office was buried in PAPERS!
I found myself constantly rummaging through piles of them to find the one piece I needed. It was driving me crazy and making life seem much more complicated than it should be.
So, the other day, I spent a few focused hours going through the room and rethinking the whole space. It does double duty as my office and craft room, so a lot is going on in there!
But, I wanted to simplify it and make systems that were incredibly user friendly. Here’s how it ended up:
Since the room is used primarily as an office space, I decided to let the “office” part of it shine. Going through the paper clutter made me realize I needed to implement some strategic storage ideas to have a place for everything I need at my fingertips.
Here are 7 Simple Paper Clutter Organization Tips
(that have helped my small home office organization immensely!)
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Store printer paper in paper trays near the printer
I know this seems like a no-brainer, but I was constantly looking for my printer paper. Having simple paper trays dedicated to copy paper and cardstock make it so much easier to quickly get my hands on exactly what I need.
Divide papers into categories and file in a desktop hanging file folder
As I sorted through piles and piles of papers (and threw a LOT out!), I discovered that what I wanted to keep were divided into specific categories. As a blogger, I’ve taken some courses and have ongoing resources that I refer to. Having them categorized nicely in a desktop hanging file organizer now makes them easy to find.
Store extra office paper in magazine holders
I know, I’m a bit of a lined paper hoarder ~ but I use it all the time! I found that these sturdy plastic magazine holders that were sitting un-used worked perfectly for paper storage. They tuck away nicely in the office closet.
Hang a nice, big calendar
This month I ran into more than one issue because I didn’t have appointments written on a CALENDAR! I have tried so many calendar options, but finally just and bought one similar to this one. It’s nice and big and I can write all the things on it…in one place!
Use a daytimer organizer that works for your personality
Although I spend a lot of time online, I find it difficult to organize my schedules and lists digitally. This type of day-timer planner is my favorite. For whatever reason, they seem to start in July, so now is the perfect time to get yourself a pretty new one.
Keep what you use often close at hand
Although I was hesitant to hang up a bulletin board for fear it would look messy, I find it incredibly practical! I hang up papers that I refer to often, and again, I don’t need to search the world over for them.
I also like to have a jar of pens, and lots of pads of paper and sticky notes close by.
This time, I took the time to label all.the.things. It helps immensely! I labeled my binders, magazine holders, and file folders, and it just feels great.
I designed some labels and printed them out on cardstock. And, I made a set of printable labels for you to use, too! To get your own set, head on over to the VIP Printables Library.
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Having a room that is tidy and organized seems to help my brain function more efficiently, too. Less clutter=less searching!
To find more organization tips for every room in the house, you may want to check out this Organization Series.