Keeping your office at work or at home organized may be as simple as emptying your wastebaskets or digging through your closets for things you’ve been waiting to re-purpose. Well it’s time to get out your stashed items to make these 7 DIY projects to keep your office in order:
Pin up your achievements
If you want to add a little pizzazz to the office cork board idea, you could make your own memory board. Memory boards are easily made from some artist’s canvas, fabric, polyester batting, ribbon and buttons.
You can make your memory board your own using materials and designs that reflect your personality. Then use it to display pictures, awards or recognition you receive at work, important documents or pictures. Having your accomplishments and fun times in clear view can boost your productivity and morale.
This idea is a “shoe”-in
When I upgraded my shoe-stashing scene at home to a metal tiered shoe rack I was left with a couple over-the-door shoe organizers and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. Then I realized they’re not just good at organizing shoes… they’re good at organizing just about anything; this includes all of the supplies that seem to easily accumulate in your office. Just hang one of these over your office door or attach it to your wall and you are all set; this is even an easy way to organize cleaning products in your break room closet. If you’re feeling really creative you can decorate your organizer depending on its use. Another great thing about this idea is you can find these shoe organizers in a variety of price ranges; if you are fortunate you can even catch them at the dollar store!
Tip: You can also hang these over the back of one of the seats in your vehicle to keep everything in order or to keep your children’s toys and goodies all in a safe place.
I absolutely love mason jars; they have such a neat look and they can be used for so many things, including office organization. They can neatly hold your pens, pencils and paper clips, flowers, candy or other treats for your desk. Shorter jars can even be used to hold your business cards. Not only that, mason jars are great for foods and drinks. Just layer a salad in a jar for lunch or make overnight oats so all you have to do is grab this easy breakfast on your way out the door in the morning.
Tip: If you don’t have access to any mason jars, tin cans could be used as an alternative to hold your supplies. Just make sure they are cleaned well and you have filed off any sharp edges.
Binder clip cable catcher
I don’t know how they do it, but binder clips always seem to multiply around me. I put them in my paperclips jar until they start to overflow, then I stick some in my drawer, then I try as hard as possible to sneak them onto papers that could definitely be held together with a paperclip instead. So if you are like me and are looking for some new uses for your binder clips here’s an idea you won’t want to pass up: using them to catch your cables. If your work surface is thin enough you can simply clip a binder clip on the edge of it (just be careful not to scratch your furniture), thread your cables through and you no longer have to worry about your cords falling behind your desk or becoming part of a big ball of tangled cords.
Bread tie-up loose cords
Now that you have your cables all organized, do you know what each one is for? You can easily organize them… by eating bread. Just take the plastic clips or tags from your bread bags, label them and then slide them right onto each of your cords. Voila! Now you’ll always know which cord belongs to what, so you won’t end up unplugging your TV in the middle of your favorite show when you were actually trying to get your phone charger. You may have to look a bit to find bread that uses these plastic bread ties, rather than twist ties which you see a lot of the time too.
Tip: These same bread tags can also fix a flip-flop! Have you ever had the small rubber peg that goes between your toes pull right through the sole as you are walking and there you are left with a sandal that no longer stays on? No problem… simply poke the peg back through the hole in the sole and secure it with a bread clip which will prevent the peg from pulling back through. That should hold your sandal in place until you get home to swap it out (or to the store because this is a great excuse to buy a new pair of shoes!) You can even apply a little super glue or other adhesive to the bread clip before securing it into place to create a stronger hold.
TP tube organizer
If you’ve discovered some extra cables you don’t need… head to your bathroom for a great way to store them away neatly. That’s right; hang onto your empty roll the next time you change out your toilet paper. You can wind up your cords and then place each one nice and tidy into its own toilet paper roll. You can even bend over the ends of the roll to prevent the cords from falling out and can decorate each little case so you’ll easily be able to find what you’re looking for.
Tip: If you don’t want to use your toilet paper roll after it’s been hanging out in your bathroom, you can always push it out of a new roll of toilet paper before you even put it onto the holder.
Shower caddy lunch
Here’s another great dollar store find that you may want to keep handy in your car if you find yourself taking your lunch break while on the road: a portable shower caddy. This inexpensive find can double as the perfect fast food tray for you or your kids while in your vehicle. While you’re at the store you might as well grab two; throw another caddy in your trunk to hold all of the necessities like extra oil, rags, and ice scrapers.
Have you tried any of these DIY projects or do you have others to share? What are the best ways you’ve found to stay organized while at work? I’d love to try out some other creative DIY ideas, so let me know your thoughts in the comments below!