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Organizing My Home Office and Schedule

Using colored pens to organize your office, schedule and priorities

Last week I was having lunch with friends and they were in disbelief that my home office was a hot mess, but until I make a space functional for our needs, I’m anything but organized. We started moving furniture in piece by piece, but I never established any type of organization for the office. I was just happy when I unpacked the majority of my office supplies. Chaos ensued. When our home office is a hot mess, I’m a hot mess. It’s where I run my business, our home, wrap gifts, store crafts supplies and so much more. After organizing the mudroom and several closets, I decided it was time to tackle the office. A not-so-pretty before…

home office organization before and afters

A lot of experts suggest that you start organizing, then see what you need to purchase. I tend to disagree, especially when you organize a home office. I recommend removing everything from your drawers to see what you really need. I’m always amazed at what I accumulate, most of which doesn’t belong at all, like copies of magazines from features I’ve received. Those are best kept in my moment box in the guest bedroom closet, even if Nate is adorable and my mama heart skips a beat every time I see one of the girls’ hospital bracelets.

home office organization before and afters

I like to treat myself before I organize, a little incentive to motivate me, so I shop for my supplies that bring me joy before I get started, like these PaperMate InkJoy Gel pens. While organizing my drawers is a must, organizing my schedule and to do list are imperative. I have had an affinity for colored pens since I was first allowed to use them in high school. Color coding things like my calendar reminds me of deadlines and commitments. I can take a quick glance at my calendar and easily see what to anticipate in the week ahead. I use PaperMate InkJoy Gel pens, available at, to keep me on top of things like when my next magazine feature is coming out or when I’m collaborating with friends on a project.

how to organize your office and schedule

how to organize your calendar and schedule with colorful pens

Tips for organizing your office, schedule and priorities with InkJoy at Staples

I also use PaperMate InkJoy Gel pens to prioritize my never ending to do list. I have a notebook filled with different sets of tasks that I attempt to check off my list as time permits. Given that time isn’t always on my side, I prioritize them by color. Pink is urgent {because it’s prettier than red, right?}, yellow is important and green is for all of that time I have in my dream world.

Tips for organizing your office, schedule and priorities with InkJoy at Staples

One of the biggest issues with my home office was that everything just floated around my desk. I integrated jewelry organizers to keep things in their place, even with drawers frequently opening and closing.

Tips to organize your home office, schedule and priorities

Tips for organizing your office, schedule and priorities

Brilliant ideas for an organized home office and schedule

I’ve dedicated one drawer to file folders, since I don’t have a file cabinet in my office. Using colored gel pens helps me separate my work files from home files, while being able to file them all away in one concise place.


home office organization before and afters


Tips for organizing your office, schedule and priorities

Tips for organizing your office, schedule and priorities

As I previously mentioned, my home office works hard. Really hard. It’s also my craft/gift wrap center. I had initially tried to store wrapping paper in my buffet-turned-credenza, but quickly realized that half of my wrapping paper rolls were too long for the drawers. So, they leaned next to the credenza and would fall any time I looked at them wrong, so I put them in a beautiful basket in the corner where they’re easily accessible without becoming a disaster.

Tips to organize your home office and craft room


Speaking of disaster, I’m embarrassed to share the before photo of my ribbon drawer, but in effort to be transparent, I’ll show you just how imperfect I am. I started organizing my ribbon drawer by removing everything. That alone was a challenge. Ribbon started flying off the spools, becoming entangled with fishing line and I realized I had a problem. I’m a ribbon hoarder. I selected a few favorite colors along with craft store ribbons that I was able to organize with an inexpensive tension rod and donated the rest to the girls’ school. I used pins to hold the ends of the ribbon in place to keep them from unwinding.


craft drawer before and after - easy ideas to get organized


How to organize your craft room and gift wrap

To install a tension rod in a drawer fill it with pinned rolls of ribbon, allow the ends to rest flush with the sides of the drawer. Insert your spring, screw and insert the tension rod. It’s SO quick and easy and makes snipping ribbon to wrap a gift effortless.

Tips for organizing your office, schedule and priorities

How to organize your craft room and gift wrap

Organizing my home office took less than an hour. It has helped me organize my work schedule while reducing my stress and adding a little color to the office!

Tips for organizing your office, schedule and priorities with InkJoy at Staples

This post is in partnership with PaperMate InkJoy Gel pens available at Staples, which I love because they write beautifully and make my day a little brighter. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible. As always, all ideas and opinions are my own!


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23 comments on “Organizing My Home Office and Schedule”

  1. So many great ideas in this post. Make me want to go buy some pens and get organized.

  2. I have the same box for pens! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love the tension rod idea!!

  3. I totally agree — buying some new organizing pieces helps motivate me to get the space organized. I’m still plugging a way at my office. I’m in love with those gel pens!!

  4. Many great ideas. Well organised office is incredible important! Thanks!

  5. My desk is a hot mess, too! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m going to organize right now!!

  6. I have my ribbon up on a dowel as well, but not in a drawer. I love all of the inspiration that this post gave me. My desk area is always a mess and I can never seem to stay on top of it. I too, love to color code my planner ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I need to do this… TODAY! My desk area is an absolute nightmare! Thanks for the tips ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Looks lovely!
    I would love to know where I can find those gold/glass boxes – they are gorgeous, and would be perfect for my “fancy pens” ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Where did you find the gold handled scissors! I like them!

  10. What is dessert week? That is what I want to know!

  11. I need those gold scissors in my life. Also, I love the way you organized your ribbon drawer! What a great idea!

  12. Tension rod for ribbon in a drawer=genius!!!

  13. I LOVE the ribbon storage idea and I love how the jewelry organizers pretty up the drawers. I will have to share your desk with my readers in this week’s newsletter.

  14. Beautiful, and well organized. Thank you!

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