*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you, which helps us create and maintain this blog!
One thing I know about myself: I am most productive when the space around me is organized.
BUT, my home office hasn't always fit that description.
When we moved into our home last year, it took us a LONG time to get organized because we were wedding planning while moving in. And then we got married. And went on our honeymoon. And then I came back to a mess of a space in my office.
I finally got it all organized and have been SO happy with the results!
Whether you are getting organized to go back to a small dorm or apartment at school, or need to get your home office organized yourself, this post is for you.
Here, I’ve included details of how I organized it all as well as links to all the organizational products I used!
Enjoy & let me know if you have redone your home office recently, too!
As you can see, I desperately needed something to happen in this space. I could barely get to the back of the closet, and nothing was organized. It was stressful just to look at it!
I knew I needed to get organized, but since we are going to be in this house for multiple years, I wanted to make sure I had a plan for exactly how I was going to get this project done.
Getting All My SLP Books & Materials Organized
I decided had to come up with a system for getting all of this organized. I had posters, old textbooks, boxes and boxes of old notes, evaluation and therapy materials, writing utensils, toys, kids’ books… the list went on and on.
First, I rummaged through everything that was in my office and wrote out all of these categories on a list. As you can see below, I also added where I planned to put these items - bins/baskets/filers (magazine organizers):
Organized Locations Based on Use
I also determined whether things would go into cubes, out on cube shelves, or on my bookshelf/out in my actual office space.
Everything that I frequently used was designated for the cubes directly inside the closet door or out in my office space.
The rest was organized based on use frequency and whether it fit nicely into cubes or sat nicely on a shelf.
The large 4x4 cube organizer is new, and I got it at IKEA. Its bins are 13"x15”x13" which made it harder to find bins that would fit, but IKEA had some styles in stock and I found the rest on Amazon.
I realized I would need some organization for inside the cube bins themselves. I found these awesome organizers at IKEA, but you can also find similar ones on Amazon here (beige fabric) or here (clear plastic).
They are great for holding little things like wind-up toys, bubbles, play dough, pens, tape, sticky notes, etc., and they stack well!
For notes, evaluation and therapy materials, articles, and magazines, I used magazine organizers from IKEA. You can also find them for cheap on Amazon, but they aren't exactly the same. The IKEA organizers have these nifty handles in them which make it convenient for pulling them out of the cube easily, but made it difficult to label the organizers. The ones linked from Amazon have circle cut-outs, and you may have to use a different labeling system than described below if you get these!
When I was having trouble figuring out how I'd label these, I thought of using little clips to add labels. This allowed for room to still use the handles as intended while clearly labeling each magazine organizer.
I used Canva to type out the organizer labels and printed them at home on thick cardstock.
I then used a small paper cutter to make even lines for cutting all of the labels out.
I used the clips to attach them, and voila, my organizers were labeled and looking beautiful!
It took quite a bit of time to organize everything, but I am so very glad I took the time to plan and complete my new closet organization system. It was well worth the effort, and I couldn’t be happier!
Stay tuned for more home office organization and setup posts, as well as some general home organization posts!
If you have any organization hacks or specific questions, let me know in the comments below or send me an email at email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you!
Have an amazing day!