In the aftermath of COVID-19, the way we work has undergone a shift and companies are increasingly adopting hybrid or remote work styles. In fact, 18-20% of UK adults worked exclusively from home in 2023 and up to 40% reported some level of working from home so you may be looking for ways to organise your home office setup.

With more and more of us now working from home, creating an efficient office setup is key. Whether you’re running a business from home, or simply seeking a space to sort your paperwork, a dedicated workspace can be a game-changer for productivity and creativity. 

A disorganised home office can create unnecessary stress and make it difficult to focus. In this blog we present our five tips to help organise your home office and transform a small space into a productive environment. From selecting the right furniture, to mastering your file organisation, we’ll guide you through creating a workspace that makes your WFH days a breeze.


1. Declutter your desk


Having an organised workspace and minimising clutter will help you to focus in a home office environment. As they say, tidy house, tidy mind – you can’t expect to concentrate with a desk piled high with papers and unnecessary items.

Keep your desk as clear as possible, just stick to the essentials (laptop, printer, pens and paper etc). Keep items in small containers and use drawers and files to organise your belongings. Also, try to keep your cables organised – tangled wires can cause accidental disconnections or printing problems. Consider investing in cable organisers or wireless printing options to minimise cable clutter.

We’d also recommend getting into the habit of tidying up your desk at the beginning or end of every work day. This simple practice will help you maintain a clean workspace and avoid clutter build-up throughout the week.



2. Use your walls


There are a few ways you can utilise the wall space in your home office to create a motivating and organised space.


  • A big wall calendar can be a great way to visually map out your plans and goals for the following month.


  • Installing shelves or wall-mounted cabinets on your walls can help organise a small home office and maximise your available desk space.


  • It can also be good to surround yourself with inspiring visuals to help boost productivity – this could include a vision board, or photos of your favourite holiday destinations. These can be created yourself; simply find images or quotes online and print on a glossy photo paper to add an inspiring bit of décor to your workspace.



3. Furnishing


When working from home long-term, it’s important to make the right choices with your furniture. 

Ensure your desk is at least 60cm deep and 100cm wide. This provides ample space for typing and having essential items like a printer and key documents within easy reach. If possible, connect your laptop to an external monitor positioned at eye level to reduce eye strain.

It’s also worth investing in an ergonomic chair with adjustable height functions. Choosing a chair with good back support not only keeps you comfortable through the working day, but is also important to help you maintain good posture.



4. Optimise your home printer


A functioning printer is a valuable addition to any home office. Do some research to make sure you choose the right printer to meet your needs, you can also read our guide about the differences between inkjet and laser printers here to make sure you make the right choice for your needs.

Some printers are more suitable for home offices; an inkjet printer is likely your best bet for homes with lower printing volume. The HP Officejet Pro 9015 is an ideal choice for a home office printer; it’s got a streamlined appearance and can print a 10 page document in just 45 seconds. Equally, the Canon Pixma G3560 is a three-in-one printer created to cater for hybrid workers. It has everything you need for a home office printer at a great price point and ink costs are nice and low.

It’s also important to keep stocked up on ink and toner to avoid print emergencies. Keep a spare set of cartridges within reach in your home office, perhaps in a drawer in your desk.



5. Create a filing system


Some jobs require a lot of printing and in this case, paperwork can quickly start piling up. Organise your sea of loose sheets with a filing system to ensure that important pages don’t get lost. Use a simple filing tray to keep important paperwork accessible and labelled boxes or folders to file as you go.

Printing your labels at home can save you time and money. Pre-cut label paper is the most efficient way to print. Choose a label roll or sheet based on your printer type then create your labels using a template in Word. Choose the ‘Normal’ print quality setting and ‘Labels’ for the paper type, if available.



Restock your home office with TonerGiant


By implementing these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to a more efficient work environment. Here at TonerGiant, we offer a wide range of high-quality printer supplies, including ink cartridges, toner cartridges and paper products for all major printing brands. You can also shop a variety of printers

Need some help picking out a printer or restocking your home office? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly customer service team today.