Desk Organizing Tips

If you missed our blog last month, check out tips to declutter your desk here. 

Once you’ve decluttered your desk, it’s time to get organized! Organizing is a skill you can learn, so don’t be disheartened if you haven’t been able to organize in the past.

More Desk Organization Tips

First, make sure your desk fits your lifestyle. If you like to spread things out, invest in a big desk. Second, a U shaped desk with storage is really functional. You can also have an area for your computer, a place for files and a lamp as well as an area for paper, pens or whatever else you use on a daily basis.


On the surface of your desk keep Daily Projects and items you use frequently. On my desk, I have a writing tablet and a thesaurus. Not everyone will need those items.


Store close by on the inside of desks your Weekly projects or things that you might need regularly, but not daily. I keep my binder clips and earphones here.

Keep close to your desk Monthly projects on nearby surfaces or in easy-to-reach file drawers. My filing cabinet is a few steps away from my desk. Right next to my desk is a smaller filing cabinet where I keep writing materials I made need to access.


Don’t keep it on or in your desk if you use periodically. I have reference books that I have to get up and walk to. I don’t need them that much and it is good to get up from the desk and take a break. Make sure you’re stretching and moving throughout the day.


Plan a place for things that you use frequently, such as pens, scissors, papers and highlighters or files that you use frequently. Pay your bills here? Use a storage area like I do that includes stamps and return labels.

Think of your desk in terms of real estate. Use it daily? Have it within easy reach. If you use your calendar all the time, it needs to be here. Only as a reference? Put it on a wall where you can see.


I also suggest having a notebook or pad of paper. I am always coming up with ideas or things that need to get done. I can write them down immediately because I always have a pen and paper to write.


You could also use a bulletin board to put a calendar or reminders to free up desk space, but this can easily become cluttered. Keep appointment reminders here or anything that you may reference a lot, such as the number for the pizza place or babysitters.


Spend time tidying up at the end of the day or the week. File paper, return things to their home and put anything that else that does not belong where it does.

Takeaways for desk organizing tips:

  • Do not use your desk for storage. Many make that mistake and it soon becomes cluttered;
  • Look for Online resources to reduce paper clutter on your desk—bookmark & tag—and use when ready
  • Keep items on your desk in close reach that you use daily or frequently.


How will you organize your desk? What are the most important items you need with easy access?


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