Gear Girl: Solutions For Your Home Office


If you have a home office, I'm officially jealous. I juggle the kids' school papers, birthday party invites, upcoming bills, dog-eared magazines, my writing assignments and more on a lower portion of my kitchen bar. I'd show you a picture, but's not exactly pretty. (It does however allow me monitor the kids' game of Quirkle in the living room, keep an eye on the roast chicken the oven, and put the final touches on story all from my seat.) But even if you do have a home office, there's a good chance it's cluttered and disorganized after the holidays. Never fear - we've got three solutions for your desk woes. A new year deserves a clean desk, don't you think?

Home Office Solution #1:Hang It

Solution #1: Hang It. One way to battle desktop clutter is to get things off the horizontal surfaces and up on the vertical. This keeps the dreaded paper pile on your desk from growing ever taller and makes important notes and tools more accessible. From calendars and to-do lists to mail sorting and pencil holding, we're loving these sleek hanging solutions for stuff from Anthropolgie, Staples and West (l. to r. Pressed Metal Wall Cube, Hanging Desk Organizer, Welded Letter Holder, Universal Expert Notice Board, Martha Stewart Wall Manager)

Home Office Solution #2: Box It

Solution #2: Box It. You've heard the saying "A place for everything and everything in its place." Whether it's a pile of pens, stamps, paper clips or coupons, give your desk clutter a place to call home in a cute box. Or bin. Or cup. You get the idea. Check out some of our favorite desktop solutions from Anthropologie, The Container Store, Target, Dwell and others. (l. to r. Wooden It Be Lovely desk organizer, Brocade Pencil Cup, Codify Pencil Holder, Nate Berkus Desktop Storage UnitRhombins Desktop Organizer, Bigso™ Blossom Stacking Letter Tray, Woodblock Desk Organizer)

Home Office Solution #3: Display It

Solution #3: Display It. Who says that a clean desk has all the supplies in a drawer? Or that storage has to be boring and dull? Instead of hiding your desk clutter away, highlight those things that are visible as focal points by choosing accessories that are practical and pretty (or witty). Try these eye-catching desk toppers from Urban Outfitters, Anthropolgie and Pottery Barn. (l. to r. Grasshopper Stapler, Anything Scissors, Cat Magnet, Hand Pen Holder, Standing Paper Clip, Accordion Collator)

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