Today we’re setting up our first and affordable home office. It’s simple to put together and can be done on a weekend.
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Why You want An Affordable Home Office?
This past weekend I set up my first home office. I want it to be something I didn’t have to spend much money on. Why? Well because I’m freshly out of college, have no job, and getting serious about blogging. That’s why.
Plus it’s only my first home office. After a few years, it will get prettier and nicer with time.
Here is a list of items I bought through Amazon’s two-day shipping and a stop at my local At Home; The home decor store.
I used the list on Simple Office Essentials Every Home Needs that I wrote last week to complete my office. The last thing I need to get is a new printer. Everything else on that list I already owned.
Now I have to note that the reason the office was so affordable is that I don’t have a desk. So what am I using? The kitchen table what else? I have turned the dining room into my office for now since we hardly used it anyway.
Now onto the list… (Oh, I love lists. Have you notice?)
Items to Complete Home Office
- Apothecary Wood Desk Drawer
- File Folders
- Letter Sorter
- Printer Stand
- Photo Storage Box
- Magazine Holder
- Paper Shredder
- Paper Tray
1. Apothecary Wood Desk Drawer
I use this to store my tiny things like binder clips, paper clips, staples, and thumbtacks. All that sort of stuff. I talked about in the Simple Office Essentials Every Home Needs post how I find it annoying trying to find those small items in larger drawers.
2. File Folders
I use these file folders to keep papers that I need to access often organized and nearby. I then keep the file folders sitting in the letter sorter that’s number 3 on the list.
3. Letter Sorter
I got a letter sorter with 3 compartments. My plan is to use the 3rd slot all the way in the back to store the file folders. The 2nd slot to keep my planner in a spot and the 1st slot in the front to hold my notebook that I use for my daily task.
4. Printer Stand
My printer stand is the meat and potatoes in my new home office. It stores my older printer (that I need to get rid of and get a new one) on the bottom shelf. My two photo storage boxes sit on the middle shelf and on the top I keep two Magazine holders and the paper tray.
5. Photo Storage Box
I got two photo storage boxes. One keeps my “tools” calculator, scissors, hole punch, glue gun, and printer ink. That sort of stuff. The other one stores my markers, pens, highlighters, pencil, Exacto knife, and glue sticks. Basically writing utensils and glue sticks.
6. Magazine Holder
I have two of these and I think these plus the photo storage boxes are what got the office looking nice, right, and tight! I mean if you walked in and saw my office before vs now, you would think I got my ish together.
In the first one, I keep all my old notebooks and journals plus the ones I’m still going through. The other currently store my clipboard, envelopes, extra file folders, and cutting board.
7. Paper Shredder
I can finally stop taking all the things I need to shred to my mom’s house (BTW thank you, mom). Because I now have a shredder of my own. A shredder is not only good for disposing of papers with sensitive information but if you plan on composting your papers they will break down faster if you shred them 1st.
8. Paper Tray
Last is my paper tray. The last item I got because as I was putting together my home office, I notice I had a stack of papers that needed to be filed, e-filed or I just wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it yet. That’s when I realized having a system in place where I can keep my need to file papers. By having my paper tray I use the top tray for that and the bottom one for my extra printer paper.
Ready to Put Together Your Affordable Home Office?
I hope after reading how I put my first home office together, you are inspired to get started on yours.
Let me know in the comments down below how yours turns out.
If you want tips on how to update the look on your home office, then stay tuned for next week’s post!