Piles of paper, cords everywhere, and a lack of privacy. For those who work from home or do a significant portion of their work remotely, these 3 problems can become a huge time killer and significantly impact your efficiency.

Even with cloud storage and mobile apps that make for quick scanning and digital storage, there may be moments when you need to keep a hard copy of a file. Sometimes these files are documents or bills that need to be mailed or filled out, other times they’re project plans, photos, or recipes needed for future reference.

Whichever the case, papers can be stored neatly in the proper container. But, if you don’t need to refer to them frequently, it makes little sense to use up premium office space with containers full of paper.

 If floor space is in short supply, this 3-drawer file cabinet, sold by Home Decorators Collection, will add a touch of sophistication to your paper storage needs. With the look of an elegant credenza, this cabinet (also available in black or white) is equally at home in your dining or living room.

3 drawer file cabinet


The Container Store offers several products that tame your cord clutter. These CableClipsTM, offer a quick and clean way to grab that annoying bundle of cords and neatly organize them by size and use. No more bread bag twist ties and rubber bands!


Cable Twisters, also available at The Container Store, bundle frequently used cords together in a neat little package, but keep them accessible for frequent use.


If you share your office space with another member of the family, this detachable Bekant privacy screen from IKEA comes in two different sizes and functions as a DIY cubicle by absorbing sound. It can easily be rearranged or doubled to suit your needs. It’s made from recycled PET plastic and may be used as a memo board as well.

bekant-screen-for-desk-grayIf the bulk of your work is done at the coffee shop or in the car, consider this handy mesh GIO Organizer Pouch with pockets. It can store your phone, charger cords, iPad and more in one place and easily slips in and out of a purse, briefcase, or backpack.


If your home lacks a separate room to designate as an office, you could make a table do double duty as a desk. This handsome Darby Desk, from World Market, looks lovely in the dining room or kitchen and includes a hidden keyboard shelf.

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Darby Desk

These Rachael Wall Baskets from World Market come in 3 sizes and are the perfect way to organize a multitude of office supplies in any room of the house. The larger size can even fit magazines. The baskets hang on any wall space with a couple of nails or screws and their natural look coordinates with many different styles of decor.

Rachael Wall Baskets

Organizing your office clutter is a great first step to increasing your productivity. If you’re looking for more ways to get organized from the inside out, consider the services of an assistant, like Saving Grace Chicago. Offering a wide range of home office and small business support services, Saving Grace Chicago, can help you manage your workload easily and save you valuable time.