As much as we might try to hide from the working world, the chances are that we will probably find ourselves chained to our desks as the nine to five grind consumes our lives. Thankfully, it turns out that things might not be as tough as they once seemed. That’s right; the best office hacks are sure to make your workday much easier. If we can’t fight it, then we might as well embrace it, right?
Create microwave levels
It’s lunchtime, and the race is on. You all want to get to the microwave first to make sure that you get the most from your break. Rather than enter a competition with your colleagues, all you need to do is place one of your bowls on an upturned mug, and you’ll soon be able to fit two in rather than one.
This means that everyone can enjoy their winter soup a little faster. Smart.
Hold your wires
The chances are that many of us spend our lives chained to the computer, the phone, and just about any other electronic item on the market. It can be easy to lose those wires down the back of your desk. That was until now. All you need to do is attach some binder clips on the edge of your desk, and voila!
Now, you can quickly hook the wires into the metal handles to make sure they stay in place rather than playing an office hide and seek that sees you on your hands and knees scrambling for the wire.
Nail polish your keys
Whether you’re in charge of locking up the office, the one with the key to the supplies cupboard, or you like to keep all your keys on one ring, it can soon turn into a confusing mess that sees you searching for the right key when all you want to do is grab a cup of coffee instead. Nail polish could soon be your new best friend.
All you need to do is paint the end of your keys a different color and remember when color matches which door. Imagine all the time you could save not checking every key?
Clean your keyboard
It might be best not to think about all the dirt that has fallen down in between the keys on your keyboard over the years. All those office birthday cakes cause plenty of crumbs that might have found a new home. Have no fear; it might not be long before you have a fresh keyboard as you pass the working day by.
All you need to do is grab a sticky note or some tape to get down into the depths of the keys. Merely run it along each line to pick up years of secret snacking at your desk.
Although being at a computer all day means that you get to stay warm and dry, it does come with a number of health worries for many. Our eyes weren’t built to stare at screens all day. If you want to make sure that your eyesight is kept as strong as it can be, then it could be time to lower the brightness of your monitor.
Not only will this help while you’re reading the screen, but it could also reduce some of that glare from those beaming strip lights above your desk. Don’t worry, you can thank us later.
Keep wires tidy
Have you found yourself stretching your feet out underneath your desk only to get caught in a web of wires? Now is the time to change. All you need to do is invest in a small plastic basket that many people use in their kitchens and attach it to the underneath of your desk with hooks.
This will keep the wires tidy and hopefully avoid the chance of your accidentally unplugging anything with your feet.
Keep shoes fresh
We admit it, we love to take our shoes off at our desk. If that sounds familiar, then you might just need this office hack. Walking too and from work means that our shoes might start to have a certain smell of their own.
Thankfully, a few dryer sheets at your desk could soon save the day. Simply slide one into each shoe to help absorb any smell and leave your shoes with a fresh new scent instead.
Hold books open
Sometimes, we find ourselves needing to read a book and do something else at the same time. It can be pretty frustrating when your book closes over and over. Rather than the battle for hours, all you need to do is head into your closet and find a pants hanger.
The hooks on the ends can be clipped onto the pages to hold it open. The best bit? You can hang the book wherever you like.
Clean the microwave
The office microwave often contains a whole ecosystem of its own thanks to years of spilled food and warmth. Yeah, it’s probably best not to think about it. If you’ve had enough of becoming the office Bill Nye, then all you need to do is heat a bowl of water for a few minutes.
The steam helps to loosen any built-up grime that can easily be wiped away instead. Some lemon juice will add a fresh scent, too.
Fix wobbly keyboards
A wobbly keyboard can bring out the worst in us. Trying to type while your keyboard resembles a wobble board can be a bad combination. Thankfully, the binder clips could be to the rescue once again.
They can be placed underneath the top corners of the keyboard so that you still get the lift you need without the annoying wobble that you’ve grown so used to. Simply replace the clips whenever a new wobble starts.
Many of us have been there. We fill our shirt pocket with pens and business cards only to watch them all pour to the floor whenever we bend over. This ends now. With a few little stitches, you could soon have yourself a whole new place to store your thing.
But where? That would be on the back of your tie. Yes, you can still hold onto all those additions without anyone ever knowing they’re there.
Organize your drawers
Cardboard from old boxes can be the perfect thing to help organize your drawers. Cutting cereal boxes into different sizes will soon give you separate compartments in your drawer without forking out on expensive organizers. If you have lots of wires that you need to keep close by, then empty toilet rolls could be the answer.
They are great for keeping cables tangle-free and stored away. Hopefully, you will no longer have to spend hours searching for things.
Lazy Susan your supplies
Some of us are lucky enough to have our own desk, while others need to share a larger space with other people. It can be tough to keep everyone’s things organized or reach for stationery without interrupting someone else.
A lazy Susan could change it all. Yes, place on in the middle of the desk and arrange all the stationery on the edge so that you never have to interrupt anyone or lose anything again.
Label your wires
Keyboards, power cables, mice, chargers – these all usually have something in common: they have wires. It can be pretty confusing to find the one you want at the back of your desk without having to pull on each one and hope for the best.
That could all change thanks to a few bread clips. All you need to do is attach them to each wire and label each one to save the mad scramble underneath the desk.
Strengthen your cords
Many of us take our phones wherever we go. This means we need to keep them charged, right? Sadly, phone chargers can often be pretty flimsy and break with all that work. So what if we told you there was a way to make them last even longer?
Working in an office means you probably have a few broken pens lying around. Just take the spring from one and place it at the end of the wire.
Some of us want to make sure that we’re always working when our boss is near. Others want to keep watch over the others in the office so they don’t miss any gossip. Whatever the case, it can be tough to look without turning around.
That is unless you strategically place some sunglasses on your desk. All of a sudden, you could find yourself with the perfect rearview mirror, so you never miss a beat in the workplace.
Keep laptops cool
Perhaps you work on your laptop all day long? Maybe you’ve noticed that it starts to get pretty hot throughout the day? Have no fear; an egg carton could be all you need. They are perfect for making laptop stands.
This means your laptop is kept away from the desk and that fresh air can circulate all around. Your laptop should last longer, and the office heater can finally get back to doing its job.
Hanging shoe rack
If you work in a cubicle or have your own office and you want a way to keep your supplies stored away, then it could be time to invest in a hanging shoe rack. Sometimes, we don’t need an entire set of drawers or organizers for a few small items, but where are we supposed to put them?
Now, we have a pocket for everything from pens to paper clips and just about any other stationery you could need.
Batteries are something that seems to appear at the bottom of many drawers and on many desks. However, there is usually one question: do they have any charge left in them? Many of us would have tested them by putting them in and trying them out, but there is a much quicker way to get an answer.
Drained batteries will land with a thud, while any that still have charge will bounce off the desk.
Spice rack organizer
Thankfully, there are many creative ways to spice up your life – and keep your desk organized. Spice racks can be a great option for anyone that wants a unique way to store their stationery.
They’re great for holding all those small items that seem to disappear when we need them the most, such as drawing pins, paper clips, and rubber bands. It might not be long before your hack sees you become the talk of the office.
Paper clip your tape
Finding the end of the tape should be so simple, right? However, there is often something tricky about looking for that end just when you need tape the most. Adding a paper clip to the end of your tape should help to locate that once hidden end without having to spend hours finding it yourself.
Just make sure that you add it back on each time you use it, so you never have to look for the end again!
Make a tablet holder
We often need to look at our tablet while we work. The chances are that you want to keep it safe, but what about when you need it to be within reach? There could be an office hack for you. Many DIY stores sell simple plastic hooks that can quickly be mounted to the wall.
Simply measure out how wide you need it to be, and place your tablet on the new rest. Yes, it really is that simple.
Use empty tissue boxes
Not all of us have the space for a trash can underneath our desk. It can be tempting to let our garage build-up throughout the week before we have to make the walk of shame across the office with our trash at the end of each week. That was until now.
Keeping an empty tissue box on your desk means that you’ll have somewhere to put the small pieces before emptying it every now and then.
We have all sat in way too many meetings where not only has the time run over, but there is no more space left to write on the whiteboard. A simple few words can often turn into a big brainstorming activity and to date, there just doesn’t seem to be a whiteboard big enough!!
Well, someone has come up with an ingenious idea and you can now buy whiteboard or blackboard paint. Yes, you heard us right, you can turn the whole meeting space or even the whole of your office into one giant space to write on.
There is nothing more annoying than a keyboard that you can’t get clean. Some of us use a keyboard cover that can easily be cleaned but for those that don’t, you can turn to sellotape to save the day.
On your keyboard, there is grime, dirt as well as dead skin cells (yikes) so it’s important that you clean it. Pull out a piece of the tape and move across your keyboard, lifting the tape on and off the keys, this will lift all of the dirt and make it much more comfortable for you.
Iron the shirt
Some people like to prep their work attire the night before and there are others who prefer to just do it in the morning. Some even do it in the office if they have headed there straight after the gym.
Now we always want to make sure our shirt is nicely pressed and clean but it can sometimes happen when the iron is too hot and marks your shirt. To avoid this happening, try and remember to always iron your shirt inside out. This means the mark will stay on the inside.
Blister packs have got to be one of the most frustrating things ever and you always end up needing to open the plastic when there are no scissors in sight! But not to worry, if you head to the kitchen you will find something that can be the perfect substitute.
So without tearing your hands apart or pulling your teeth out, go and grab a tin opener, the jagged wheel can be rolled over the edge and open up the packaging.