12 Ways to Organize with Office Supplies

12 Ways to Organize with Office Supplies

Brittney Morgan
Mar 21, 2017
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You may think you need to buy expensive organizers and complete complicated projects to keep your home tidy, but sometimes there's a simpler answer right there in front of you. In this case, it's in your office: The supplies you use every day can come in more handy than you realize when it comes to reorganizing your home. From your pantry and refrigerator to your closets and cabinets, here are 12 simple home hacks that use your favorite office supplies.

Letter Sorters

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Sort Makeup Palettes

A small letter or file sorter is a great way to keep your makeup palettes all in one, easily accessible space (where you can show them off, too!) like in this example from The Pixel Oddysey. And since there are so many styles of letter organizers, you can go as decorative or as minimal as you'd like.

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Organize Cutting Boards, Baking Sheets and Tupperware

A larger metal letter sorter is perfect for storing just about anything narrow in your kitchen. This example from Martha Stewart shows cutting boards, a pizza peel and a cooling rack, but you can easily store baking sheets and other similar items, or use a smaller sorter for tupperware lids.

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Store and Display Small Purses

To keep your favorite clutches organized, accessible and neatly on display in your space, a letter sorter can help. This example from I Heart Organizing shows how several small purses can fit in one organizer, and it's still easy to grab one when you need it—plus, they'll look cute and tidy in your closet or on your shelves.

Magazine Files

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Save Space Stacking Cans

A super simple and space-saving way to store all those cans in your pantry: follow the lead of PB&J Stories and tip a magazine file backwards (make sure there's something at the end to keep cans from rolling out), then stack your cans inside. It's easier to see what you have and take what you need, and it looks so much sleeker.

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Create Hidden Storage Inside Cabinets

Fasten magazine holders to the inside of your cabinet doors, and you can store just about anything. This example shows some kitchen essentials, but you can also use this method in the bathroom to store hair tools out of sight (and for even more household uses for magazine files, check out our roundup).

Binder Clips

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Keep Cords Separate and Accessible

If all the cords at your desk are always falling down, getting tangled and hard to retrieve, there's an inexpensive and easy solution: binder clips. Get clips (either decorative ones, or ones that blend in) that are large enough to clamp on to the side of your desk like in this example from Little White Whale, then feed the cords through the handle to keep them in place and easy to use.

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Get More Space Out of Your Refrigerator

You can easily hack your fridge space with a little help from some binder clips. By putting the clips over the shelf wires like A Side Of Fabulous did here, you can hang any bagged items from the shelves in your refrigerator or freezer, giving you way more room, and allowing you to utilize a space you wouldn't otherwise use.

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Stay Organized On the Go

Whether you're traveling or you keep your beauty items in a carrying case, you can use binder clips to keep your accessories ultra organized. In this example from Brit + Co, binder clips attached to the inside zipper section of a carrying case keep bobby pins in one spot, hold small jewelry and keep necklaces from tangling when you're on the go.

Rubber Bands

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Hack Your Hangers

You can keep your closet extra neat by making sure your clothes never slip off their hangers and fall on the floor again—all you need are some rubber bands. Wrap them around the sides of your hangers (like in this example from Krazy Coupon Lady) to keep tank tops and slinky fabrics from sliding

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DIY a Bulletin Board

This decorative organizing project from homedit uses elastic headbands, but you can achieve the same effect with colorful jumbo elastic bands. And if you're looking for another alternative, this project from My Fabuless Life serves the same purpose, but has a different look.

Cork Boards

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Organize and Display Your Jewelry

Wrangle all your necklaces in an organized fashion and show them off with this simple project from Deliciously Organized. All you need is a basic cork board and fabric to cover it with and a staple gun to secure it in place, then use clear tacks to hang your jewelry on it.

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Upgrade Your Kitchen Cabinets

Hilary at My So-Called Home used this clever cork board hack to add extra storage space—and keep baking supplies in order—inside the kitchen cabinet. By attaching cork board to the inside of the door with Command strips, she created a space where, with the help of some tacks and twine, she could hang measuring spoons and cups, but this could be used for a plethora of things.

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