Do you need some help organizing your small office? Well, this article will give you many different and unique solutions to your plight. I have worked in small offices and cubicles for basically my entire working life and have used and continue to use all of the items listed below.
For those of us who work in tight quarters, which certainly includes me as an employee, it’s always nice to be able to furnish our small piece of real estate with cubicle accessories or workspace accessories that make our lives a bit more organized and a bit more comfortable.
I decided to put together a list of 20 nifty small office organization ideas of items all of which I have previously featured on this website.
Have you ever asked the question How do you organize a small office? This article might just help answer that question.
I think having these 20 in one article will be a great resource if you are looking to organize your small office more efficiently and effectively. If office organization matters in your workspace then this list is for you! And if you are working remotely, these can be utilized to enhance your home office organization as well.
Some of these are specialized cubicle accessories since they are made to attach to a cubicle wall or over a cubicle wall but most of them can be utilized in any small office. These small office organizing ideas are in no particular order.
Small Office Organization Ideas for your Workspace
I have owned my Post-it Desktop Organizer for years now and I pretty much use it every day. I wrote about it in more detail in this article and, since I cannot live without Post-it Notes, it is the perfect unit for my desktop.
It came with Post-it Notes and Post-it Flags and it allows storage for my scissors, pens, pencils, and paper clips in this unique desktop item.
The kicker is that it comes with a built-in tape dispenser as well! I really like the fact that in a small footprint I can store small office items that I use on a regular basis and only a few inches from my keyboard.
There are many cool modern desk accessories out there and this is one that not only looks really cool but consolidates a lot of items in one location. If you don’t have a lot of room on your desktop this item will be a great addition!
This innovative product identifies a need of the office worker and provides an organized way of storing an office item that you use on a regular basis.
It’s not only practical but it’s stylish as well! Under desk storage is becoming more and more popular today in any type of office.
One day I saw this Sparco Mesh Phone Stand in a coworker’s office and I thought it was a great idea. When it comes to unique small office organization ideas, this phone stand is very versatile.
It basically uses levels to maximize small office space and you can store items below the stand and a notepad in the side compartment.
And I really love the mesh because it’s not only sturdy, it’s stylish as well.
I love this cubicle shelf! I must admit that this small, relatively inexpensive item is one of the most popular on this site. I’ve had mine for over 3 years and it has remained rock solid on my cubicle wall.
Maybe I started a trend because I’ve seen at least 4 or 5 of these in cubicles right in my physical area of the company.
This article gives many images of the shelf and shows you how to easily hang it on your wall for extra storage.
Just be aware that the maximum weight that is suggested to keep on it is 5 lbs which is fine because this is a great shelf for pictures of your family, business cards, or vacation souvenirs.
A Mind Reader Perch Monitor Stand with Drawers is an item I purchased to raise my computer monitor so that it is at the proper height for my eyes.
But probably the best thing about this unit is that it allows me to consolidate a lot of the small items that I use every day in my work office and home office.
This article will give you a lot more details on this rather unique organizer as it not only raised up my monitor but provides storage for my stapler, paper clips, scissors, pens, pencils, and the myriad of items I need in my office.
Organization ideas are plenty if you look for them and this one I absolutely love!
Even in this day and age we still use business cards from time to time. People ask me for mine if they are visitors or coworkers may want one just to have my contact information.
The article I wrote about this storage space saver includes a video of me hanging this business card holder on my office cubicle wall.
If you’ve perused this site at all, you know that I emphasize using cubicle wall accessories simply because it allows you to expand the real estate of your office and allows you to remove items from your desk top.
This cubicle wall business card holder is just a great example of this solution.
Versatility is the best word to describe this unique office storage accessory. The article I wrote shows just how unique and versatile this corner organizer truly is. Not only can you place it on its end, you can also place it on its side and it works either way.
This is one of the most unique office shelving ideas I’ve come across. If you want to use the corner of your office to store items, you should stand it on its end. If you want to just use it as a shelf and not necessarily in the corner, you can use it on its side. It is perfect for a small desk. Just so unique!
Corners in any office are usually wasted space. When it comes to small offices, you have to take advantage of all of the storage space that you have available to you.
It hangs from a cubicle wall so you can put it up and out of the way. It’s certainly one of the best small office organizing ideas! You could use it for a small plant as seen on the left or for anything you like.
You simply mix and match the configuration that you prefer and attach the unit to the side of your flat panel monitor.
You have spots for a small white board, picture frame, Post-it Note holder, monitor mirror, business card holder, and a hidden compartment to store staples, paper clips or other small items, as well as a spot for 3 different writing utensils. You can buy either a right or a left aspect monitor accessory frame.
If you don’t have a smart phone you are probably in the minority. I love my Samsung S9 and love to have it in clear view. I’ll probably be upgrading it shortly. This article will show you many images of my cell phone holder and how I use it on my desktop.
It is really nice to have it in clear view and will hold many different types of cell phones as you will see in the article.
As you can see in the image on the left, it is well-built and a great addition to your desk.
This particular model will even hold a tablet if you happen to have one.
One of the best ways to increase the space in your small office is to use the walls. The image here is obviously of a cubicle wall and you can see how this particular paper tray will add a lot more functionality to your cubicle.
This particular Fellowes Wire Paper Tray allows you to have 3 trays for your project folders, trade magazines, or important papers easily at your disposal. It’s perfect for wall storage.
This article shows images of it in my office cubicle. There really is no assembly other than attaching the trays. You can then load them up with what was once cluttering up the surface of your desk!
I never really thought I’d be able to have a dry erase board office cubicle but this Officemate Magnetic Dry Erase Board allowed me to easily attach it to my cubicle wall and use it to write down my ToDo list or whatever else I want to be reminded of.
This article includes a YouTube video and the dry erase marker set that I purchased with the white board. I use it every day and it keeps all of the projects that I am working on right in my line of sight.
Who needs a large office to be able to hang a dry erase board? This fits perfectly in my small office space.
In small spaces you need to find desk organization ideas that work for that small space.
Organizing in a small space is such a challenge but I try to find items that make sense and help me stay organized.
This Safco Onyx Mesh Desk Organizer is a great storage solution for my desk. It has a vertical section to hold project file folders and a horizontal section for other important paperwork.
I love the open look of this product as everything is clearly visible.
It’s a small footprint but fills a big role in my small office. This article also includes a video.
A cubicle’s configuration is usually pretty typical. In my cubicle, my head faces the corner which is where my monitor and keyboard are located.
I decided a while ago to buy a Kensington Flat Panel Monitor Cubicle Hanger. I previously had my monitor on a stand but it used a lot of my desk real estate.
You don’t have to find empty desk space for your monitor with this hanger.
It also was a little lower that I wanted. My monitor hanger which is detailed in this article has been an awesome addition to my cubicle and there are multiple heights at which you can set the monitor to suit your needs.
It holds messages and important notes that you may want to have at your disposal.
This article gives more details and includes a video. This is truly a unique cubicle accessory that I would imagine that you readers probably have never heard of before.
This is the type of office accessory that I typically search for to give a little bit of a novel, yet practical addition to my working space.
It’s certainly not one of your typical office organizing ideas and that’s what I like so much about it.
Here’s another really cool office cubicle item that I picked up to hold my long-term goals at work. I can fit 2 – 8 1/2″ X 11″ sheets of paper side by side in this Fellowes Partition Additions Note Rail which works out perfectly for my needs.
This article goes into more details about this novel cubicle accessory.
The paper magically sticks to the note rail when you insert it. You can insert material up to 1/8″ thick so, in essence, it can handle multiple pieces of paper or other material if that suits your needs.
I never even knew that this particular item existed until I found it on Amazon. It keeps my goals or anything you want to hang from the note rail close at hand.
This just gives you an idea of one of the really cool and interesting office items you can find if you just look closely.
Cubicle accessories are all over the office marketplace. This Officemate Cubicle Utility Tray is another in a long line of accessories that attach to the fabric of a cubicle wall.
I keep small items in this bowl like binder clips and cubicle wall clips. It is one of my favorite small office organization ideas!
If you want a unique office item in your cubicle for really short money, this would be a nice addition.
I have a coworker who used to have one of these hanging from the wall of her cubicle and she filled it up with different types of candy all year long.
It was just a way for her to offer a little sweet treat to coworkers and it also fostered communication within our department and with other departments. People would just drop by for a treat and a conversation would commence!
I purchased this Optix 55 Elegant Eyeglasses Holder and Phone Stand a few years ago and use it on a regular basis in my office. It has a faux leather exterior which gives is a classy look.
I use it to hold a myriad of pens and pencils that I have as well as a set of cheater eyeglasses.
It is certainly a nice addition to my office as it classes it up a bit! 🙂 I think it could add some class to a beautiful home office as well, as it does to mine.
I love keeping my home office organized. This Optix 55 Eyeglass Holder is a classy addition to your desktop.
I not only have one of these in my cubicle at work but also have one on my computer desk in my home office since I like it so much. Leather desk accessories (even though this is faux leather) give a nice touch to any office desktop.
Managing the multitude of wires which are found in any office, let alone a small office, is a challenge. This article includes many different solutions to managing those wires including many specialized products specifically geared toward managing wires in the office.
I use many of the products featured in this article and they can really help you stay organized and safe in a small office. I guess all I can take credit for is find them in the marketplace.
Just scroll down in the article and you’ll see many different really cool cable tidy ideas featured.
Another really cool cord management option is called a cable management sleeve which allows you to zip up your extraneous cords into a sleeve.
There are so many different options for cord management today due to these specialty products. There is always a great option out there to implement cord management!
This Fellowes Partition Addition Letter Tray is another specialized cubicle wall accessory that attaches to the fabric of the cubicle wall with stainless steel needles.
This article goes into detail with many images of it in my cubicle. It is great for storing important letters but lately I’ve been using it to hold my antiseptic wipes and compressed air.
This letter tray looks so much like the floating shelves that consumers shop for these days. It does really look like it’s floating on your cubicle wall.
Home Office Organization Upgrades will Enhance your Small Space
The above ideas are meant not only for a work office or cubicle, but can also be incorporated into a home office since more and more people are working remotely these days. Home office ideas can be limitless and an organized home office and work office may be just what you need to increase your efficiency.
Enhancing any workspace with organizational accessories and desk accessories should certainly boost not only your productivity but your morale while you are inhabiting those work spaces.
Small Office Organization Ideas can Reinvent your Workspace
Trying to set the proper tone in an office setting is important if you want to be productive and actually enjoy the space in which you work. The ideas presented above hopefully stirs something within you to take control of your working area and start to make some transformative changes for the better!
I hope that you enjoyed this compendium of 20 small office organization ideas. Click on any link in the article for more information.
The above office organizing ideas will also work well in an open office setting. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them in the comments below or use my Contact Me form. Feel free to suggest any other products that would recommend for a small office.
Bob has been blogging for over 20 years and has been an office and cubicle dweller for more than 35 years. He has been featured in numerous online publications such as US News and World Report, Bustle, and Work Awesome (you can read his articles here). He created the popular office website CubicleBliss in January 2011 and rebranded it as WorkspaceBliss in April 2020.
In the office he’s been an IT Manager, Applications Engineer, Systems Analyst, Software Project leader, and Programmer Analyst in his long career. He’s a Certified Microsoft Professional and possesses a Masters of Science degree and two Bachelor of Science degrees, one of those in Informational Technology.
During his career he has worked in the office full-time, as a hybrid remote worker, and has worked from home permanently.