In the past three years, the number of people working from home has tripled, from nine million to somewhere north of 27 million. Of course, that’s primarily because of the pandemic, but companies in the US saw productivity go up and many have fully embraced remote work when possible. For example Yelp, one of the top online review sites, went fully remote.
In fact, polls show that remote workers feel 35-40% more productive at home than they do in the office. Without the hassle and stress of a commute, the workplace becomes less stressful.
However, if your workspace itself, no matter its location, is messy and unorganized, it’s likely that gain in productivity will be lost. The average person spends around two and a half days a year looking for lost items, and replacing those items costs $2.7 billion annually.
An organized workspace will lessen stress and keep you on top of things like deadlines and time management, and it also can increase creativity in some individuals. It can be an overwhelming task to organize a messy space, so we’ve gathered some of our favorite tools to make your office space work for you, whether at home or in the office.
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Best Mobile Filing Cabinets
The old organizing adage says “a place for everything, and everything in its place” means exactly what it says--everything you own or work with needs to have a place to go when not in use. That keeps the clutter down significantly. However, we know most of us don’t have a giant corner office in which to put rows of drawers and filing cabinets, so we’ve found a few that can hold your important papers and sometimes a printer without taking up too much space.
Great for small spaces, this cabinet holds a printer, has two regular drawers, a filing drawer, and shelf space. Better yet, it’s easy to move about the office as it’s on casters.
Inbox Zero 11.8” Wide 3-Drawer Mobile Steel Vertical Filing Cabinet ($107.99, originally $299.99 at Wayfair)
A little more industrial with one file drawer and two additional drawers, this filing cabinet has added security of a locking mechanism, to keep your files safe and secure.
Dacall 15.75-inch Wide 3-Drawer Mobile Vertical Filing Cabinet ($62.99, originally $97.99 at Wayfair)
This filing cabinet is industrial with a metal frame, but also warm with touches of wood grain. It easily moves around and fits under most desks at 27” tall.
Best Desktop File Organizers
If you don’t have room for a full-fledged filing cabinet, or just don’t have enough files to fill it, there are smaller, more compact options. A desktop filing system can keep important files, or ones you work with regularly, available at your fingertips without taking up too much room. Plus, they’re an inexpensive option if a cabinet is just too expensive.
This file sorter can do double duty, holding both files and smaller things like envelopes or cards. Its wide rubber feet allow it to stack on top of some of SimpleHousewares other office organizing solutions, like this letter tray organizer.
If farmhouse chic is more your office vibe, this desktop file organizer is perfect. With three slots for files and a small drawer for things like paper clips or pens, it looks good on any desktop or workspace.
This sleek and sophisticated desktop file organizer has all the convenience of hanging file folders without taking up the space of a full filing cabinet. It’s also portable, for those days when you absolutely have to go into an office from home, or vice versa.
Best Cord Storage Devices
While it’s wonderful to have so many devices at our fingertips—phones, laptops, monitors, and chargers—the mess they leave behind makes us downright crazy. And let’s be real, the mountain of cords can also take up precious space on a desk, so these cord storage devices are a must-have for any organized workspace.
This cable organizer is meant to hold a surge protector as well as all your messy cables and plugs. It attaches under the desk with just four screws, and keeps those cords and cables off the floor and off of your desk.
Sorting and organizing your cables and cords could not be more simple with this peel-and-stick silicone cable sorter. It comes with a roll of self-adhesive ties to neatly keep your cords together as well.
Tuck cords and chargers away in this sleek white box that hides a power strip inside, keeping everything hidden from view. Side vents allow you to sneak cords out when you need them and put them away when you’re finished. The lid can serve as extra desktop space for your phone while charging.
Best Drawer Organizers
Desk drawers are one of the first places to get cluttered, because it’s so easy to just open it up and dump things in to hide them from view. But when you go back to look for that thing, it’s become lost in the detritus of the junk office drawer, hidden among the scissors and the paper clips. If you use segmented drawer organizers, then everything has a place to live, and it’s all easy to find when you need it.
This might be the last drawer organizing set you’ll ever need. The 25 pieces, all made from clear plastic, come in four sizes, so you can create your own custom organization system in your desk drawers. They’re perfect for holding everything from binder clips to pens and pencils, to sticky notes and that random book of stamps still hiding in your drawer.
If color is more your thing, we like these pastel-colored desk organizers that come in three sizes. Great for those with fewer drawers, these nine pieces can be organized to suit your needs without being overwhelming.
And if the thought of creating your own organization system from multiple bins makes you nervous, this drawer organizer might be your answer. The main space in the center stays the same size, but the sides have removable and adjustable dividers to create a semi-custom organizational system.
Best Pen Holders
Desks tend to collect a lot of pens and pencils. We know we have our favorites, and like keeping them within arms reach, rather than in the drawer. So if you need them handy, yet organized, these desktop pen holders are the perfect addition to your workspace.
Never shall your blue pens mix with the black pens again with this 7 compartment pen holder. It’s got a space for every kind of pen, marker, and pencil you can think of along with smaller compartments. These are perfect for paper clips or rubber bands, or those tiny golf pencils. It also rotates 360 degrees for easy access to your favorite pen.
This pen holder, with the geometric design and gold painted accents, proves that organization doesn’t have to be dull or boring. We like the compact size for those of you without our pen obsession, and it comes in three colors to match any office decor.
Also from YOSCO, this bamboo wood pen holder, with three sections, gives your office space a more organic, and less industrial feel, with all the benefits of sorting your pens from your markers, and it’s made from renewable resources.
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