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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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12/28/2014 | 7:33:36 PM
Remote work isn't for everyone
I don't know that any of these prettified, overpriced products will actually increase the productivity of remote employees.  What I do know is that if you are so ADD that you needlessly spend a lot of cash on the aesthetics for your "home office," then you probably shouldn't be working from home.  
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12/23/2014 | 2:10:02 PM
Re: 10 Home Office Organization Helpers Under $25
I really like the magnetic holders and strips. I might get those for my refrigerator too. I wish I knew about them before, definately would have added them to my Christmas list. It is easy to become distracted at home and organization really helps me focus.
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12/22/2014 | 11:51:23 PM
Re: 10 Home Office Organization Helpers Under $25
Good timing on this one, Elena - Thumbing through, I noticed some of these items are actually on sale for the holidays. The clip organizer is actually only a dollar on amazon at the moment! What a no brainer for a stocking stuffer! A lot of the others are great, if predictable suggestions, and some are really creative and unexpected. This would be a really great guide to someone setting up their home office for the first time; it seems like you could get maximum productivity out of combining lots of these tips and not worrying about messing with what you already have. 

Some of these seem a little strangely priced for what they offer, though. The magnetic strips and folders are an awesome idea, but 20 dollars for one seems a little high. Same for that keyboard holder - the price didn't seem too high until I realized it didn't come with the keyboard - so it's basically a 25 dollar hunk of plastic. The desk supply set with the test tubes was actually listed at $24.99 when I clicked it, which seems crazy. The cup holder's cool, and much needed for us coffee addicts in IT, but 14 bucks seems steep - maybe if you could get a couple in a set for 25 or 30. At the very least, this list has given me plenty of ideas on how to improve my space as a home office warrior, so mission accomplished! 
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12/15/2014 | 10:27:16 PM
Organizing a home office: a challenge
These are really neat devices. Sometimes the real challenge of having a home office is trying to manage all the stuff that just keeps accumulating.  I really liked the wall hangers.  I can hang a lot of things that should be easily accessible.

 
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