Organizing Home Offices

The new year can bring about a fresh start of sorts — new plans, aspirations and of course, resolutions. If a little organization is overdue in your life, an effective place to start is with your home office. Whether it be a small cubby in the kitchen or a whole room, a few tips can help you feel organized and ready to take on all you aspire to accomplish in the coming year.

1. Designate an inbox. If you can sort all of your mail and paperwork right away, that’s great — but that may not be realistic. An inbox or in-tray can be a functional place for things that you can’t get to right away, that way you know where to find everything when you’re ready to go through it.

2. Keep it simple. Instead of getting decorative storage boxes with pretty designs on them (we know they’re tempting), a simple palette helps silence visual noise and clutter. White works well as a nice clean colour for these utilitarian bins. The key is to have a place for things when you aren’t using them and to know where to find them when you need them, so also be sure to label.

3. Pick a pin board. A pin board is a great alternative to display all of the mementos, photos, cards and clippings that can sometimes clutter-up the surface of a fridge. If you don’t have a large space for this try a small pin board that you can lean in a niche or on the shelf of a bookcase.

Jennifer Koper & Emily Evans
Virginia Macdonald
Christine Ralphs
House & Home March 2011 issue
Shelving units, Ikea.