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Top 10 Products to Organize Your Home Office

Did you know that January is Get Organized & Be Productive Month?

January 29, 2021

With the new year upon us and with many of us still working from home for the foreseeable future, we thought that now would be an excellent time to look at different ways to organize and declutter your home office space.

Why? External disorganization can have a huge impact on both your brain and your productivity, affecting your ability to focus and process information. A team of researchers from UCLA also found that physical clutter overloads your senses, stresses you out and prevents you from thinking creatively -- and with everything currently happening in the world, the last thing any of us needs is more stress.

With that in mind, the Workplace Resource team has channeled our inner Marie Kondo to provide you with 10 great product solutions to help you get your home office organized for the year ahead.

1. Ubi Work Tools

Herman Miller’s Ubi Work Tools are a collection of products that can be used together or separately to organize your workspace based on your preferences and work style. Whether using an Ubi Organizer system or Monitor Platform Shelf to maximize your worksurface real estate or the Ubi Cable Cleat or USB Power Module for cable and charger management, this line of simple accessories gets your office organization efforts off to a great start. Bonus Points: Ubi is also compatible with HM’s Formwork accessories, which we will introduce below!

2. Formwork Stackable Desktop Storage

Designed by Sam Hect and Kim Collin for Herman Miller, Formwork is a stackable line of aesthetically pleasing desktop accessories that keep clutter out of sight and out of mind. Their sophisticated forms, material production and colour palette bring a level of thoughtfulness rarely seen in desktop items. As mentioned above, they can be used on their own in conjunction with HM’s Ubi Work Tools – for example, the paper trays fit underneath the Ubi Monitor Platform Shelf and the pencil cups easily fit into the Ubi Organizer.

3. Eames Hang It All

This classic Herman Miler product really needs no introduction, but we’re going to do it anyway! Created by iconic designer duo Charles and Ray Eames, this fun and whimsical take on the traditional wall-mounted coat rack serves as both a functional storage item and a useful piece of mid-century modern art. Originally produced in a white wire frame with multi-coloured ball hooks, today the Hang It All is available in a variety of colourways, including the sophisticated walnut and black power-coat version pictured below – a perfect solution for getting your laptop bag up off the floor of your office.

4. Tu Mobile Pedestal

Available in a variety of sizes and configurations as well as metal, laminate and wood veneer finishes, the Herman Miller Tu Mobile Pedestal can be customized to fit in with your decor. An excellent solution for storing files and stationery, the Tu Pedestal is lockable for storing confidential documents and can be further customized to include a colourful cushion top, providing an extra seat at the table for little learners who might be sharing your office space during COVID lockdown.

5. Pencil Drawer

Another simple-but-super solution from Herman Miller, the pencil drawer is a sleek and compact drawer that easily mounts underneath any worksurface. If you’re seriously lacking in work or floor space in your home office, the pencil drawer is an easy way to bring order to your desktop chaos. Handy and versatile, the pencil drawer is available in both plastic and metal options.

6. Magis 360 Container

Designed by Konstantin Grcic for renowned Italian furniture maker Magis, the 360 Container provides a clean, contemporary aesthetic and superior functionality. The container’s drawers each swivel open to 360 degrees and the casters and aluminum pivot pole allow for easy mobility. Available in black, white and orange glossy ABS plastic, the 360 can stand out or blend in depending on your home office’s colour palette.

7. Restore Baskets

Coming to you all the way from Denmark, Muuto’s Restore Baskets come in three different sizes and a variety of colours. Made from a polymer felt composed of recycled PET bottles, the Restore is an environmentally friendly soft storage solution that keeps its shape but won’t scratch floors or surfaces. Great for storing larger items and knickknacks that might currently be living in your office space, this basket is the perfect solution to cleaning up your clutter.

8. Story Bookcase

The WFH phenomenon necessitated by the global pandemic has brought about the somewhat absurd concept of the “credibility bookshelf” – taking video calls in front of a well and purposefully-curated selection of tomes, ostensibly meant to demonstrate one’s intellectual depth. While the notion itself may be a bit ridiculous, we don’t see any reason why you can’t have a fun, design-first solution for displaying books in your home office. The Story Bookcase from DWR comes in two heights and a variety of colours and its shelves can be rotated to the front or side. The slim yet sculptural unit has a compact footprint that saves space while adding a touch of whimsy to your home office.

9. Wave Desk Organizer

The Wave Desk Organizer, designed by Hiromichi Konno for Fritz Hansen, is truly unlike any desktop organizer we have ever seen! While it may appear to be made of leather, it is actually constructed from a single piece of steel, textured to appear leather-like and then formed into undulating folds. The different-sized folds are perfect for storing papers, documents and letters, plus it would just look incredibly cool sitting atop your desk.

10. Hay Colour Crates

Looking for a stackable storage solution that is also playful and colourful? Denmark’s HAY has got you covered with its Colour Crates line of storage boxes. Available in a variety of sizes and colours, these crates are also super affordable, so you can bring home that coveted Scandi-style without the usual price tag.

And with that, we wrap up the list of our Top 10 products to get your home office into a state of peak organization! Are you feeling inspired yet?

If you’re interested in any of the products above, please don’t hesitate to contact us below for more information and exclusive contract pricing.

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