DIY Home Office Organizing Ideas

Most of us have a home office of sorts these days… whether you actually work at home or just use your spot to pay bills and coordinate your family, home office organization can make or break your space. Trust us, nothing makes your day come to screeching halt faster than not knowing where your most important documents are, right when you need them. Or knowing who gets the kids to what, and when. Or just working in a space that doesn’t leave you feeling cluttered! Here are some clever, easy and space saving DIY home office organizing ideas for you to use to create a space that works for you, not against you.



diy home office organizing ideas


Diane from ‘In My Own Style‘ had a perfect solution to messy office drawers. She made these DIY drawer dividers from inexpensive materials, and what a difference! Easy tutorial!


This DIY desk organizer from ‘PoppyTalk‘ is made from birch plywood. We love the clean look of this project, it has a Scandinavian feel to it. The chalkboard is a perfect addition!

DIY Home Office Organizing Ideas


From ‘Curbly‘, this minimal wood desk organizer will keep your desk top free from clutter, and the things you need within reach. Easy to follow tutorial for this DIY home organizing project!

DIY Home Office Organizing Ideas


This idea below is a DIY project by ‘Freutcake‘… I love this tutorial because this DIY desk organizer was made with glass, not plastic, so it looks elegant. Easy, and you could paint them any color that works for your decor…



Chelsea at ‘Two Twenty One‘ did an entire home office makeover! You have to click through to see this transformation… and all the details…

DIY Home Office Organizing Ideas


This giant DIY chalkboard calendar from ‘HGTV’ would be perfect for keeping a home business running smoothly. You could do this with peel and stick chalkboard squares from the craft store too! Remember, always choose a home office organizing idea that solves solutions for you, not just because it looked cute at Staples. 😉


Here is an example of a smaller version of a DIY giant chalkboard wall calendar via ‘Stylizimo‘. Again, stick on chalkboard squares would make this project so simple! (Use a yardstick or T-Square to get the positioning right!)


Have an awkward, wasted space on your desk? Fill it with this DIY balsa wood desk organizer from ‘The Lovely Drawer‘. This project is simple and inexpensive. It uses a dish rack as a base. If you can use a glue gun and a craft knife, you can make this!

DIY Home Office Organizing Ideas


This home office organizing idea is from ‘Redbook‘… store small office supplies in a cool spice rack! Ikea run?


Use clothespins to schedule your week… write the days of the week on each clothespin, and either pin to a wire, or glue magnets to the back. Make sure you write down the days most forgettable events! (It would be so easy to forget the dentist!) From ‘BHG‘.



Design Improvised‘ not only organized their file cabinet, they painted it with chalkboard paint and made it a calendar/ note space. This is an inexpensive home office organizing idea that anyone can do. (Don’t be surprised if your kids leave you little notes on it!)



Try this pin board DIY from ‘Look What I Made‘! It has a wood base to make it sturdy, and the rubber band idea here is really clever! If you don’t want to cut your own letter from craft wood, (though the tutorial makes it easy!) try purchasing a pre cut letter in the “wood” aisle of the craft store, then follow the rest of the instructions to add the cork board.

DIY Home Office Organizing Ideas


Try this home office tour from ‘A Bowl Full of Lemons‘ and get inspired! Her entire office looks fresh and organized, yet pretty and soft as well. Lots of ideas in this post!


Use a wine rack to organize all your must haves. From ‘BHG‘… I love all these genius DIY home office organizing ideas!

DIY Home Office Organizing Ideas


From ‘Martha‘, this desk is made from two bookcases and a cheap door… Or how about an Ikea desk top for $10?


Finally, ‘The House of Smiths’ has a tutorial for this DIY fabric framed pin board, that would be great for home office, crafts or hobbies, or individual events and projects for each family member.


Did these DIY home office organizing ideas get you inspired? Then jump on over right now to our posts on DIY Desk Organizing and DIY Message Center Projects! Also check out DIY File Cabinet Makeovers over at TBD!



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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. January 7, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    Home office organization is very important. These DIY home office organizing tips are amazing. I just love the file cabinet with chalkboard note space.

  2. December 11, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    I really like the chalk wall with circles or the chalk file cabinet!

  3. Virginia Rohde
    November 1, 2016 / 7:59 am

    Loved the filling cabinet. I have 6 medal ones that need to match, the chalkboard paint would look good on front of them. Next summer they get s redo. Thank you for the idea.

  4. May 9, 2015 / 1:23 am

    So many wonderful ideas! 🙂

  5. Charlie
    April 9, 2015 / 9:18 am

    I used the magnetic paint in our boat on two small sections of wall. It works great. I use magnetic picture frames to keep our family pictures near and they hold just fine. Make sure to stir the paint well and often.

  6. Krystil H
    January 14, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    I LOVE the spice container idea!! I will definitely look into doing that for my craft room. As for the magnetic paint……save your money. I painted our pantry door with it. Four coats & it would only hold a small, light magnet. Anything more than that and it would either slide down the door or fall off. We ended up getting a sheet of metal, attaching it to the door & painting it white.

    • Brianna
      February 7, 2015 / 9:25 am

      … that’s what i was about to suggest before reading your comment! By the time you pay for the metallic paint and spend time using it it would be much cheaper and faster to buy a piece of sheet metal. Even using just some strips of sheet metal would work fine.
      I like the magnetic boards i keep seeing, as i am tired of punching holes in everything i place on my cork bulletin board.

  7. January 6, 2015 / 9:03 am

    I took the metal, then sprayed blackboard paint, then I could write or stick magnets on my “blackboard”. Also I made a wood frame around it: glued a million old colored stamps around the blackboard. Everybody feels compelled to write notes on it.

  8. Gelene Lawdermil Matonti
    December 31, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    I hope I get some good old-fashioned ideas from the site …

  9. December 11, 2014 / 7:39 am

    The magnets are really small and are called mighty magnets. If you look in the corner of each piece of paper you will see small circles.

  10. Betty819
    December 11, 2014 / 2:06 am

    How are all the paper items being held on this magnetic board? I can’t see any magnets in the photo.

    • kategagi
      December 14, 2014 / 11:30 am

      What about those little rectangular metal (they look metal) things on the corners of every paper.

    • Callie
      March 4, 2015 / 7:58 am

      they are in the corners you just have to look really close

    • Megan
      November 29, 2015 / 2:51 pm

      This is not a Magnet board it is a Fabric board the silver pieces holding the papers up are pins. you will need fabric pins or thumb tacs to make this project work.

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