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New Years Resolutions -- Organizing My Office

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This year -- 2011 -- I have a few New Years resolutions that I am planning to execute.

The first resolution -- to organize my office and library. In order to be successful with whatever it is you are doing at your desk, you need to clean up, organize, and prioritize the items you wish to keep in your workspace.

Here are some helpful library/office ideas that not only help add color and beautiful decor to your home office but they also provide you with an organized work area.

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Add a splash of color to basic storage boxes.

1 Add a splash of color to basic storage boxes.

Don't let your desktop disappear under piles of paperwork. Inexpensive, unused cans can be purchased at paint stores; lined up on a shelf and anchored in place with Velcro, they become organizing cubbyholes with a modern flair.

2 Don't let your desktop disappear under piles of paperwork. Inexpensive, unused cans can be purchased at paint stores; lined up on a shelf and anchored in place with Velcro, they become organizing cubbyholes with a modern flair.

Glass or ceramic containers get a rustic makeover when wrapped with tree bark, which can be found in the woods, as well as ordered online.

3 Glass or ceramic containers get a rustic makeover when wrapped with tree bark, which can be found in the woods, as well as ordered online.

It can be a challenge to create a desk that's roomy enough for one person, let alone two. This symmetrical setup is the perfect solution, unifying a pair of workstations in an open configuration that fits snugly against almost any stretch of wall without overwhelming the rest of the room.

4 It can be a challenge to create a desk that's roomy enough for one person, let alone two. This symmetrical setup is the perfect solution, unifying a pair of workstations in an open configuration that fits snugly against almost any stretch of wall without overwhelming the rest of the room.

A hardworking bulletin board is, quite literally, pretty as a picture when covered with cheerful fabric, then placed in a frame and hung from a wide ribbon.

5 A hardworking bulletin board is, quite literally, pretty as a picture when covered with cheerful fabric, then placed in a frame and hung from a wide ribbon.

When you are crawling under a desk, all the power cords look the same. To save yourself some trouble when searching for the one you want to unplug, make labels from leftover bread-bag clips.

6 When you are crawling under a desk, all the power cords look the same. To save yourself some trouble when searching for the one you want to unplug, make labels from leftover bread-bag clips.

Eliminate tangles under your work area by feeding all cords through a hole drilled in the desktop. Then plug the wires into a power-surge protector strip, which is mounted on the underside of the desk.

7 Eliminate tangles under your work area by feeding all cords through a hole drilled in the desktop. Then plug the wires into a power-surge protector strip, which is mounted on the underside of the desk.

Add a splash of personality to a lackluster work space by covering plain floating bookshelves with wallpaper.

8 Add a splash of personality to a lackluster work space by covering plain floating bookshelves with wallpaper.

With a staple gun and some carpet squares, you can create a colorful bulletin board.

9 With a staple gun and some carpet squares, you can create a colorful bulletin board.

Use decorative paper (or wallpaper leftovers or samples) to brighten basic clipboards.

10 Use decorative paper (or wallpaper leftovers or samples) to brighten basic clipboards.

Transform a traditional piece of bedroom furniture into a multitasking mini office, complete with bulletin board and filing cabinet.

11 Transform a traditional piece of bedroom furniture into a multitasking mini office, complete with bulletin board and filing cabinet.

Brighten your desktop by slipping a picture of a familiar face into the lid of a round tin.

12 Brighten your desktop by slipping a picture of a familiar face into the lid of a round tin.

Turn empty gift baskets into stylish household organizers.

13 Turn empty gift baskets into stylish household organizers.

Add splashes of color and texture -- as well as more storage space for papers -- to your home office with these fabric-and-ribbon-wrapped accordion folders.

14 Add splashes of color and texture -- as well as more storage space for papers -- to your home office with these fabric-and-ribbon-wrapped accordion folders.

Get organized -- again and again -- with these chalkboard drawers. The labels can be erased as contents in each drawer change.

15 Get organized -- again and again -- with these chalkboard drawers. The labels can be erased as contents in each drawer change.

Make a favorite notebook or journal an organized repository for papers, business cards, and receipts by giving it a built-in pocket.

16 Make a favorite notebook or journal an organized repository for papers, business cards, and receipts by giving it a built-in pocket.

For your children's art projects, label mailing tubes, available at office-supply stores, by semester or year, and fill with rolled-up stacks of artwork.

17 For your children's art projects, label mailing tubes, available at office-supply stores, by semester or year, and fill with rolled-up stacks of artwork.

Mounted at eye level above a desk, clothespins on an unobtrusive strip hold home-office essentials: correspondence, a calendar, and whatever is relevant at the moment.

18 Mounted at eye level above a desk, clothespins on an unobtrusive strip hold home-office essentials: correspondence, a calendar, and whatever is relevant at the moment.

This week on my blog I will share with you my other New Years resolutions. What are yours for 2011?

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