I’m a big fan of an organized desk. If my desk is messy, it decreases productivity. When clutter accumulates, it’s difficult to prioritize. It’s also difficult to work when you have no space. I’ve been on a quest to design a new home office and I’ve been on the lookout for new tools and organizing solutions that help me keep things on my desk, but not in the way. Here’s what I’ve found:
These two organizers are made by Martha Stewart office. They are made of a durable, textured, cardboard. The drawer is fully functional. I filled the organizers with things I use all the time; my planner, planner pens, scissors, a notebook, stamps, and computer wipes. My headphones are in the drawer out of sight and out of the way when not in use. The eight you gain from stacking these organizers gives you a lot of storage without taking up a lot of desk space.
I really like using file folders and a magazine file like this one. What makes this option special is that the folders open vertically instead of horizontally. When you put the folders into the magazine holder, the contents don’t slip out the bottom. It’s a much smarter way to store papers, especially small ones like receipts, etc. I don’t keep a lot of papers on my desk. However, I usually have a few file folders set up for items that need attention, items to file, and ongoing client projects. Also, notice the bookplate on the magazine holder. It makes labeling stylish and super easy. These bookplates are sold in a set of three and can be used in so many more places than the office.
Small But Mighty
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This might be my favorite organizer of all. We all have those small but essential items on our desks; hand sanitizer, a letter opener, paper clips, and post its. Instead of having these everywhere, I tucked them into this little organizer. It even has a top to it so items stay dust free and out of sight. If you have more items you could easily stack another one of these organizers.
A great binder can do a lot of things….fill it with recipes, printouts for decorating ideas, personal letters, bank statements, manuals, and so many other things. Instead of having a pile of papers on your desk, simply hole punch your papers, and organize them into a binder. Use binder dividers to organize items by date, vendor, location, or priority. Piles of papers take up a lot of space on your desk. Binders, however, take up very little space on a shelf. It’s a great way to store a LOT of papers, in a small amount of space. The polka dots on these are positively adorable! This one is by Martha Stewart.