23 Brilliant Ideas & Projects For Your Home Office

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I don’t know about you, but even though my school days are long over, the onset of September still gets the butterflies in my stomach going and I suddenly feel the urge to buy pencils, notebooks and fresh new planners. This yearly stirring presents a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf at home, too—a second January, if you will. September usually finds me clearing out desk drawers, reorganizing my filing cabinets, and sprucing up my at-home workspace. If you get in a similar mode when the fall mood sets in, we’ve got some snazzy, handy-dandy tips, ideas and projects to get your back-to-school/back-to-work workspace in tip-top shape! Check out all 23 after the jump! —Max

Above: Take a page from Yield Design Company’s book and turn a large portion of your office’s wall into a peg board—you’ll find endless uses for it, from organizing to a place to hang inspirational artwork!

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Above: Turn a fallen branch into a beautiful notepad station for reminders!

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Above: Got extra closet space but no room for a home office? Turn one of your closets into a miniature office area!

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Above: Transform run-of-the-mill cork boards into a stunning showpiece with a few easy pieces.

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Above: Tired of the same-old pushpins? Get crafty and make some of these easy gemstone-shaped ones!

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Above: Organize your desk or craft table by corralling your essentials into jars on a small tray.

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Above: Make a beautiful keepsake storage box for all of your letter-writing and stationery needs.

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Above: If you’ve got some scrap wood lying around, turn that bad boy into a snazzy (and handy!) pencil holder!

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Above: … Or you can use your scrap wood to make a charming little stand for your smartphone!

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Above: Keep your books from falling over with these easy-to-make pyramid bookends.

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Above: Got a two-person home? Butt two tables up against each other to create a functional communal workspace!

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Above: Try your hand at these affordable hand-painted paper organizing boxes.

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Above: Or, if minimalism is more your forte, try these color-blocked storage boxes made from folded paper!

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Above: Give your office supplies a makeover with this tried-and-true marbling technique!

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Above: Hang books, magazines, folders and more with this shockingly simple DIY project!

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Above: Put a luxe twist on the age-old hanging clipboard technique with this lucite and gold option!

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Above: Color-code everything from keys to cords with these easy-to-make tassels!

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Above: Need something to do with those phonebooks that keep getting piled up on your stoop? Try making one of these phonebook letter organizers!

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Above: Or, if you want to show off your green thumb, try out this charming nature-filled organizer!

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Above: Craft a stunning modern paperweight with paper and concrete!

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Above: Keep your letters corralled with this simple yet beautiful leather mail basket.

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Above: Craft a remarkably easy, absolutely beautiful organizer for papers and letters from a piece of wood and some scrap leather!

Keriann

Love some of these organization tips, but I especially appreciate visual examples of really functional work spaces like the first picture or the two-desk room. As someone who telecommutes, I’m always on the hunt for inspiration for a home work space that’s designed for heavy, everyday use – real chairs, great storage, multiple monitors, etc. A closet desk is genius for bills and writing the occasional thank you note; not so much M-F, 8-5. Would love to see a feature on DS dedicated to examples of the full-time home office!

Julie jamison

♥♥♥♥ all of these office ideas, but my absolute faves are the push pins, colored block boxes and the tree branch is so creative yet so cool!

Alexandra

I love the thought of a communal workspace in the home, it would be so sweet to work with my love!

Warm Regards,
Alexandra

Mary

So many great ideas! I get that same feeling in September. Love the book organization with the stone tile base & mini terrariums . Earthy, pretty,brilliant!

Leah Culp

My husband and I “share” space in the middle of our Great Room! Dining table behind me, Recliner and Chaise in front of me. We but a beautiful old door between my small desk and the living room chairs just to block off living room/ dining room…..wish I had a wall. I love, love all of your DIY projects!

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