Home Workstation / Home Office Supplies

Content Updated October 3, 2007

You will first need to get your home workstation supplies. Here are the basics that should be at every home workstation.

Home Organizer

This is where you keep track of everything: addresses, phone numbers, appointments, chores, etc. Learn how to make a household notebook / household organizer.

“To Do” Box

Every time something comes in that needs to be dealt with, such as bills to pay or forms to sign, place it in your “To Do” box. Accept that this box will rarely be empty, but always try to get as much done as possible each day. When you finish with the item, decide whether it needs to be filed, mailed out, or handled by some other means; then put the item in the appropriate place. You can use an “in box” tray and put everything into it, so you’ll always know where your “to do” item is, but you’ll have to search through everything in your “to do” box every day. Another way of having a “to do” box is to use a big accordion file for or even a hanging file folder box with one folder for each week, month, or even each day of the week or month. Then instead of putting things in your tray, you put them in the folder for the day you need to complete the task. This way, you only have to look in the current day / week / month’s folder to see everything that you must do instead of looking through everything every day. The drawbacks of this method is that if you need to get to something quickly, you have to look through every single folder until you find it.


You’re clock doesn’t need to be exactly at your workstation, but you should be able to view it from your workstation. It’s nice to have a clock with an alarm, so you can

Filing Center

  • “To File” Box
  • Filing Cabinet
  • File Folders

Message Center

  • Telephone
  • Answering Machine
  • Bulletin Board
  • Tacks

Mail Center

  • “Outgoing Mail” Box
  • Envelopes
  • Postage Scale
  • Stamps
  • Address Labels
  • Greeting Cards
  • Thank You Cards

General Office Supplies

  • Notepad
  • #2 Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Black Pens
  • Correction Fluid
  • Scotch Tape
  • Paperclips
  • Rubber Bands
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Staple Remover
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Reference books (e.g. dictionary, thesaurus, etc.)
  • Waste Basket
  • Paper Shredder (that fits on the waste basket)

Nice Extras

  • Computer
  • Software
  • Scanner
  • Fax
  • Copier
  • Printer
  • Printer Ink
  • Printer Paper
  • Blank Media