Keeping an office organised depends on a good storage system, but office supplies can quickly get expensive. Chances are you already have cheaper and more attractive alternatives in your kitchen.
Most office supplies are really dull, poorly made (if you get the cheap ones) and don't do anything particularly special. Rather than buying a bunch of crappy office storage devices, I like to use kitchen items. You end up with many more interesting options and a more unique office.
Flat bowls, generally used for salads, are great for storing discs. While I've repurposed some ceramic bowls — one for writable CDs and one for writable DVDs (see the picture above) — wooden single-serving salad bowls are a better choice because they don't break as easily if they're to fall off your desk or shelf. With a little modification to make sure the discs don't fall out, you can also easily mount the wooden bowls on the wall. Cups and planters also make for great pencil holders on your desk or your wall.
This $US2 lunch tray I picked up at Target is great for drawer organisation, and it's small enough to fit into most drawer cabinets. You can stick one in each drawer or a few in a large desk drawer. It keeps your pencils away from your staples, rather than your peas from your mashed potatoes.
Rather than getting an expensive shelving unit when I was putting together my workspace, I went with a wire kitchen rack. It can wheel around so I can easily move it if I need to get to the cables behind it but locks into place so I don't have to worry about it sliding around. Not only is it extremely sturdy, but since the racks are metal grids, I can fish cables through them as well. It can be a perfect office solution and is easy to find for $US80 or less (depending on the size).
These are just a the repurposed kitchen items I use every day for office storage, but the larger point is that you when you start looking thinking outside your local big-box office-supply store, you can find cheaper, more attractive options for organising your office. Got any of your own? Let's hear 'em in the comments.