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Convert a bread box into a charging station for small electronic devices. Just drill a hole in the back, insert a rubber grommet, and thread the power-strip cord through. Cut small slits in 1/4-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF) to create a divider that conceals the power strip and chargers behind it.
Create a magnetic memo board out of a cookie pan. Just add magnets and important papers, and your memo board is ready for business.
A sturdy metal spring can find new purpose as an office organization aid. Place small notebooks or mail between the coils to keep supplies in order.
Use simple clothespins as a scheduling sanity saver. Write the days of the week on clothespins and clip to a wire suspended along a wall above your desk. (Or glue magnets to the back of the clothespins and place them on your refrigerator.) Write the days' events and to-dos on index cards and clip to the clothespins as a visual way to organize your time.
A two-bucket system keeps incoming and outgoing papers perfectly organized. Paint the outside of empty paint cans (available at crafts stores) and label with stickers as an "in" bucket and an "out" bucket.
Keep a small desktop clutter-free. Stack simple trays on top for items you want in sight and in mind, such as bills to pay and outgoing mail. Use a file box to hold items you need to access regularly such as receipts and contact information. Attach an inexpensive toothbrush-and-tumbler holder to the side of the desk to stash pens, pencils, and scissors. Hang S hooks for keys.
Loose papers and small items are the biggest challenges in a home office. Corral papers and mail in an unused bath cabinet mounted to the wall. The pegs offer extra space for hanging lunch boxes or clipboards. Store small items, such as labels, note cards, and ribbons, in a three-tier basket.
Need a better way to keep track of your business cards? Rather than throwing cards into a drawer, contain them in a leftover mint box. It's the perfect size for keeping all of your contacts in one place. Don't know what to do with your own cards? Organize them in a separate container.
Use small containers to compartmentalize office supplies. Shop the sale racks for storage items you can mix and match.
Recycled soup cans make great holders for writing utensils. Install pan-head screws through the backs of the cans to mount them to the wall
Keep your finances in order with food containers-turned-piggy banks. Disposable food containers are great for keeping track of loose change. Pick a denomination for each container and cut a slit in the lid. The containers also work for organizing paper clips, rubber bands, and other small office supplies.
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