one way to work more efficiently whether at home or at work, is to have everything well organized and to keep the office desk neat. so, good organization skills is what each one of us needs to keep our life simpler. and in case you don’t possess such skills, keep calm, because there are many organization tips and hacks that you can find all over the net. today, we are bringing to you 10 diy office organization ideas that you will for sure find really useful.
diy tin can desk organizer
one way to organize all of those pens, sharpies, scissors and other office supplies is to store them in some tins. take some empty tins, paint them and decorate them with some washi tape.
diy wall magnet office organization
a decorated wall is always a better option than the plain one. so how about adding some air vent caps where with the use of mini magnets you can hang some of your tasks?
i’ve hung up anything from wash tape to a wall paper swatch i love, to a couple cards for restaurants i’d like to remember. i honestly think this is one of the easiest projects that makes one of the prettiest impacts. if you’re not comfortable hitting up your local hardware store for some duct caps, just use the lids of those christmas cookie tins that you have nothing else to do with.
diy cardboard organizer
if you are in the mood of making some creative storage design, you may try to create one out of cardboard. it will be a great one for storing your keys, phone and wallet.
diy embellished wood pencil block
if you love wood decorations, you may try to do a wood pencil block. decorate it with some paint or with some tiny pins.
- 4″ x 6″ x 6″ wood block (you can find this at lumber yards and have them cut it for you)
- drill with a 1/4″ boring bit and a regular drill bit
- power sander (optional, but recommended)
- 2–3 boxes of brass escutcheon pins (available at hardware stores)
- 1 box wire brads (#18 x 5/8″)
- clear waterproof polyurethane (or another wood sealer)
1. if your lumber wasn’t cut for you, use a saw to cut a 6″ length off of your 4″ x 6″ board. sand it down slightly just to remove rough spots, but don’t do a full sand. clamp the piece onto a stable surface and mark where you want your cubby holes to go. i did alternating rows of 4, 3 and 4, but you could also place them randomly or in a regular grid. be sure to leave a 1″ border on all sides. use your small drill bit to make guide holes.
2. swap out your small drill bit for a 1/4″ boring bit and drill 3″ down into the wood at each marked dot.
3. once all the holes are drilled, sand down the entire piece with several rounds of different grits: course, medium, fine — even extra fine if you want a super smooth finish.
4. turn the piece upside down to empty the sawdust from the holes, and use a small scrap of sandpaper to smooth out the top of each hole. hot tip: tape or glue a strip of sandpaper around the base of a pencil or dowel: this makes a handy sanding tool for those hard-to-reach spots in the holes.
5. once the piece is sanded, wipe it down with a cloth to remove any dust. now you have a beautiful wood pencil block, and if you like it plain and simple, you could easily coat the piece with a clear sealant or wax and call it done. i wanted to add a little embellishment to mine, so i decided to create an organic nail pattern. to do this, simply draw a light pattern onto the wood (or eyeball it like i did) and carefully hammer in small nails one at a time. it seems tedious, but it goes fairly quickly, and it’s really fun to watch the pattern take shape.
i used a mix of brass escutcheon pins (basically really tiny nails) and silver wire brads (also another term for really tiny nails) for a mixed metal look. you want to make sure your nails are less than 1″ long so they don’t poke into any of your holes when you nail them into the wood. because they are small, it’s quite hard to pull them out if you bend the nail at the last second, so go slowly and carefully and hammer straight down.
6. once you are happy with the nail design, you can stain and/or seal the wood. i decided to stain my block with a water-based oak stain, then sealed the entire piece with waterproof polyurethane. if you are using this block for pens and pencils, the sealant is an optional step. however, you could also use this in the bathroom for toothbrushes, in which case you’ll want to waterproof the whole piece, including the holes. allow the whole piece to dry overnight after staining and sealing.
you’re done! you can give the block away as a lovely holiday gift, or keep it all to yourself
diy paper desk organizer
besides mason jars and tins, you can also use some cereal boxes and toilet paper rolls for storing some of your office supplies. cover them with some decorative paper, and no one will know what your desk organizer is made of.
diy marker caddy in 10 minutes
and here is one more idea of how to use toilet paper rolls for storing pens, sharpies and pencils.
diy clip on desk organizers
if there is not enough space on your desk for everything, you can try to do some clip on desk organizers. check out the link below for instructions.
materials (makes 3 clip-on organizers):
– 4 grip clips
– 4 washers, nuts and bolts
– 1 loaf pan
– 1 coffee can
– 1 soup can
– 1 piece of self-stick heavy duty felt blanket pad
– white and fluorescent spray paints
– power drill
– screw driver
– rubber gloves (for spray painting)
you might try using a teeny tiny flower box instead of a loaf pan, but we found a great textured pan that did just the trick!
first line up the clips on your containers and mark the drill hole with a sharpie.
next, get a firm grip on your container with one hand and put some pressure against the drill with the other to keep it steady—then go to town. we noticed that we had to pulse the drill a couple of times to get a nice divot in the metal that would allow us to apply the pressure needed to get all the way through the container.
after all of your holes are drilled it’s time to spray paint.
we started by painting the interiors of our containers with the neon colors to avoid any masking. if you screw up it doesn’t matter because you are just going to flip them over and cover any mistakes with the white paint! spray hack! also, make sure you always spray paint outside or in a well-ventilated area.
once you have the interiors of your containers painted and dried flip them over and paint the exteriors of your containers with white spray paint.
we also recommend spray painting your clips white. let everything dry.
now it’s time to attach those clips to your new organizers.
once all of the clips are attached you can measure and cut out the felt pads. stick the felt pads on the underside of the top clip (sticky side up) to prevent your table from getting scratched.
attach those little guys to your desk and feel free to kick up your shoes and admire your stellar handiwork. fill them with pens, plants, flowers, cords, business cards, sticky notes or any other small objects that need to be stowed, but always within reach.
diy hanging notepad
if you still love writing notes on real paper instead of on your smartphone, try to do this lovely diy project.
- long skinny branch (as straight as possible, but some curvature is okay) or pipe or dowel
- two leather strips that are at least 40″ long
- thin leather cord
- 12″ – 24″ roll of paper (look for one with a center hole at least 2″ in diameter. most large butcher or craft paper rolls should have this.)
- 1″ nails
- two clothespins
- spray paint (optional — to paint clothespins)
- ceramic pot
1. determine how long you would like your leather straps to hang on the wall. i left them at 40″ long, which makes them hang about 20″ (you fold them in half), but you can cut them shorter with scissors. cut both 1″ strips to the exact same length.
2. determine the height you want your roll of paper to be at. fold the first strip in half to form a loop, and hold the bottom of the loop at the height you want the roll of paper to be. pinching the ends of the strip together directly over one another, hammer a nail through the ends where they meet on the wall.
3. slip your roll of paper onto the branch, then slip one side of your branch into the first loop on the wall. fold the second strip in half to make a loop, and slide that loop under the other side of the branch. use a friend or a level to determine where the other strip must sit on the wall in order for the branch and paper roll to be horizontal/level.
note: if your branch is curvy, this may mean that one strip needs to be higher or shorter than the other, but that’s okay — it’s more important to have the roll of paper level than to have the strips the same size.
while holding the branch at a level height, hammer a nail into the folded strip at the exact height of the other nail (this is where a level, ruler or second person comes in handy). now you can cut the excess leather off the second strip if it ended up having excess length above the nail so that the ends of the leather strips are level with one another, and the branch is level with the floor.
4. take the length of leather cord and fold it in half. tuck the center fold through the hole in your hanging pot, and pull the ends around and through the loop to secure the leather around the pot.
5. wrap the leather cord behind and over the branch, then knot the ends together behind the cord. bring the ends back to the front and knot again. snip off excess cord.
6. i chose to leave my clothespins unpainted for a simpler look, but you can paint them fun colors, as well. use the clothespins to pin the roll of paper on both ends; this will weight the paper down so it doesn’t roll up, and will keep it tidy.