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10 Home Office Organization Helpers Under $25

From laptop stands to magnetic wall pockets, these products keep your workspace orderly and clutter-free at little expense.
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(Image: The Container Store)
(Image: The Container Store)

Nearly 3% of America's labor force consider home their primary place of work. If fact, telecommuting increased by 79.7% from 2005 to 2012, according to workplace strategy firm Global Workplace Analytics.

Working from home often saves not only time, but also money. In one study, Global Workplace Analytics found that federal employees in Washington who telecommuted during official snow days saved the government approximately $32 million.

A Census Bureau survey cited in The New York Times earlier this year found that a typical telecommuter is a 49-year-old college graduate, who earns about $58,000 a year, and belongs to a company with more than 100 employees. Then there are contractors, freelancers, and others in the self-employed category.

Anyone who works from a home office experiences many distractions that don't exist in a corporate office setting. That's why organization is key to being productive.

Home remodeling and design media outlet HGTV's website offers several ways to organize a home office, including color-coding a filing system, creating a mail station, storing supplies in a container, and utilizing wall space. It's just as important to have a designated spot for electronic devices -- such as a charging station -- and cable management solutions for a clutter-free space.

You can spend plenty at stores marketing home office organization, including The Container Store, Ikea, Staples, and Office Depot, as well as custom home-office builders like Closets by Design. However, you don't need to drop hundreds of dollars on a custom workplace to keep things shipshape. Plenty of organization products can help reduce disorder, even if you're on the smallest budget. Check out these 10 organization assistants under $25.

Elena Malykhina began her career at The Wall Street Journal, and her writing has appeared in various news media outlets, including Scientific American, Newsday, and the Associated Press. For several years, she was the online editor at Brandweek and later Adweek, where she ... View Full Bio

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