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Getting Organized: Home Office Inspiration & How-Tos

by on Jan 19, 2011

When I accepted this roundup assignment of creative & cool filing and organization systems for the home office, I decided to concentrate on DIYable projects only, because, after all, we are DIYers. So I scoured the internets looking for clever, attractive and do-able ideas & how-tos that will not only add a bit of style to our home offices but will get them organized too. So, let’s start, shall we?    

You might have seen something like this  in your grandpa’s garage holding nuts and bolts, but applying it to a home office would be a perfect way to store paper clips, rubber bands and such. Here’s a quick how-to using baby food jars.

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An old frame got the gilt treatment and was fitted with peg board. The outcome is an organizing station holding all those oft-used items. Go to Brooklyn Limestone to read more about it and its surroundings.


The shoe-hanger option is an old idea but worthy of repeating, and in this case, they’re used as CURTAINS. For more pictures of the room, head on over to Budgetwise Home.

White cloth with many pockets to place kitchen and office items.

We’ve all seen French memo boards here and there, but have you ever seen an entire WALL done up as one? I hadn’t!  You can find it and other office storage solutions at Remodeling Center.

wall bulletin board

Here’s another one you might have seen before, but it’s still a cool reuse for an old shutter.

There is a jug on the window.

And speaking of reuse, check out these tin cans. Painted and glued together, I’m guessing, they make for sweet little ‘cubbies’. As for removing the tops, I’d use one of those safety lid lifters.

Blue, green, white and red tubes hold knickknacks and various items

Here’s a few more uncommon uses courtesy of BHG. The first is a three-tiered basket, now used for ribbon storage…

fruit basket to desk organizer

and this one is a shower caddy. (I have JUST the place in my craft room to hang one of these. I could use the bottom hooks for ribbon storage.)

Shower Caddy

I like this magnetic knife holder re-use idea from Real Simple too.

hanging keys

Although this DIY acrylic drawer organizer was made for a kitchen, it would be perfect in a desk drawer as well, as it’s totally customizable to your needs.

Spoons, forks, and knives sit in separate compartments in a cutlery drawer

And finally, here’s a fun and practical new used for a $2 lunch tray: desk drawer organizer. 

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