Affordable DIY Ideas to Organize a Home Office Space

Gold Vittsjo IKEA hack in an office with pink storage and teal foo dogs.

It’s week 2 of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge, and I’ve accomplished quite a lot in the last week! I ended up throwing away two huge garbage bags full of stuff and getting my office layout the way I wanted. If you want to see the hot mess I started with last week, you can catch up on the plans for my office makeover. Thanks to my girl Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living for hosting this fab challenge that’s kicking my butt in gear.

This week I focused on cleaning and getting organized. This meant getting my closet, desk and Vittsjo shelves in tip-top shape.  I also needed a few more organization solutions, but I’ll be honest… I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on this stuff, so I looked around to see what I had for the most part.

Gold Leaf Shoe Box Storage

I bought some of these gorgeous gold crackled J. Crew slippers (so comfy!) and they came in a pretty shoe box that was actually pretty sturdy. So I grabbed my most favorite gold leafing pen and got to work making something funky and useful.

Turn a shoebox into a trendy storage box for your home office with a gold leafing pen.

After about 10 minutes of random doodles, I had this beautiful, sturdy box to store some supplies in.

Turn a shoebox into a trendy storage box for your home office with a gold leafing pen.

Not too shabby for a shoe box that I would have likely thrown out.

Turn a shoebox into a trendy storage box for your home office with a gold leafing pen.

Home Office Craft Closet Storage

In my closet, it was quite literally stuff thrown into large fabric bins and nothing was sorted or organized, so I used the $2 gold Walmart wire baskets I initially bought for the pantry in this space. It’s still not as pretty as I’d like, and not as nice as my former office closet, BUT everything is organized, has a place and a label.

Home office closet organized with baskets and various storage boxes.

I love how the gold baskets look, and it’s easy for me to find stuff now. I used some vintage-esque gift tags as labels for the various baskets. I adore my label maker and can’t use it enough.

Gold wire baskets and gift tags help organize a home office with craft supplies.

I also have a lot of pencils, pens, markers, etc. because I am an office supply addict, and I needed a way to sort and get them organized easily. I used a large gift wrap tube, cut the lengths I needed for the height of my box and sorted them that way. Not the prettiest solution, but I plan to wrap the tubes with some black contact paper for a sleek look.

Use a gift wrap cardboard tube to organize markers and pens for a home office, craft room or playroom.

I also used this same trick with this DIY portable craft station made from a wine holder- those things are sturdy!

Use a wine or beer carrier to organize art, school or office supplies. Cover it with contact paper for a classy and fun look.

And when the doors to my office closet are closed, you now see an organized Vittsjo etagere holding my craft machines, gold printer, some more decorative boxes with supplies and a dash of decor.

There are a few storage and organization gems on this Vittsjo, too. The box at the very top underneath the star is a gift box that has a magnetic latch, so I’m using it to store ribbon remnants for stuff like ornaments. The pink box near the foo dogs is a Versace Bright Crystal gift box that I added some washi tape around in order to hide the brand and make it look less like a perfume box.

All in all, I accomplished finalizing the furniture layout, craft/office supply organization and some clean-up this week. Next week I’ll move on to lighting, rug and planning out the artwork for the space. I am already loving how the space feels with the new layout, so it can only get better. Be back next Tuesday with more progress and pictures for my office space.

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New Year New Room Challenge 2018
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This Is Our Bliss // Vintage Romance Style

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  1. Domicile 37
    January 10, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    Taking notes because I am so unorganized. I literally am that chick that throws there stuff where ever and cannot find it a minute later.

    • Monica Benavidez
      January 10, 2018 / 5:05 pm

      That is usually me…I seriously have a notebook strictly dedicated to jotting down where I put things that I know I'll forget and cannot find 10 minutes later. 😉

  2. Jamala Wallace
    January 10, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    I loved your home office from your previous home so i know this is going to be a treasure.. can't wait

    • Monica Benavidez
      January 10, 2018 / 5:11 pm

      I miss my old home office so much! I had it just the way I wanted it, so to start again is both sad BUT fun. <3 Thanks for following along.

  3. UptoDateInteriors
    January 15, 2018 / 9:27 am

    So many clever solutions for organzing office supplies and for free! I tend to throw everything away but I might rethink those boxes now!

  4. Iris Nacole
    January 15, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    These are beautiful and functional ideas! Love them!

    January 16, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    Oh my gosh your progress is inspiring! It really looks so, so good already. Love those gold baskets. And you have so many cool supplies I wish I could play with!

  6. This is our Bliss
    January 16, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    Those shoe boxes look like a million bucks!! Off to go dig some out of the recycle can! And I love those gold baskets…definitely need to go pick a few up if they are still available! This office is going to be GORG.