Finding space to work from home can be difficult, especially if you don’t have a dedicated home office. I frequently joke that I work from my sofa or my dining room table, which is true. It’s not unusual for me to be working on my laptop at the table right next to my homeschooling children.
Even without a dedicated home office, it’s important for me to organize my work space. After all, I have to keep track of paperwork, organize products for review, and take photos for my blog. Fortunately organizing these things takes neither lots of space nor lots of money.
Here are a few supplies that come in handy.
- Stacking letter bins
- Plastic storage bins
- Containers for paper clips and other small items
- A small bookshelf
In our dining room I have four small bookshelves, one for me and each of the kids. It’s where I organize my work supplies and the kids keep their homeschool supplies.
On my shelf, I keep the Homework Supply Basket, mostly because I want the kids to know the supplies in the homework basket need to be returned to the homework basket. Plus, I use the scissors a lot.
Next to the homework basket is a stack of four letter bins. They are labeled inbox, outbox, to read, and hold. All incoming mail goes into the inbox, and all outgoing mail goes into the outbox. Things I need to read or review go to the “to read” box, and anything I need to hold for a short period of time (like my daughter’s French worksheets to turn in at the end of the quarter) goes into the hold bin.
Any paper that doesn’t belong in one of those bins gets recycled, shredded, or filed. I make it a point to go through those bins at least once a week.
On the top shelf of the bookcase, I keep three plastic shoeboxes. The first contains my camera, videocamera, small tripod, extra SD cards, and USB drives. Anything I need to take photos for my blog is stored here for quick access.
Another bin keeps my personal labeler, extra cartridges, and extra batteries. I use this little tool a lot.
The third bin holds miscellaneous office supplies: Post it notes, paper clips, pens, highlighters, and other things of that nature.
The middle shelf on my bookcase holds my household notebook, which contains my Motivated Moms Chore List. It also holds my blogging planner and all books I need to read for review. As you can see, I have a few reviews coming up!
Finally, on the bottom shelf I keep a larger bin that holds any products I have to review. I often receive odd shaped packages that don’t neatly stack on the bookshelf. These all go into the review bin.
As a work at home mom, your office needs may be slightly different than mine, but with a small bookcase and a few bins or decorative baskets, you really can organize a dedicated workspace to help you work more efficiently.
If you work from home, how do you organize your work supplies?