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15 Brilliant Desk Organization and Productivity Hacks You Must Try

Organize your desk with these little hacks! These tips will not only help you keep your desk organized but also improve your productivity.

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Your desk, whether you use it for education or work, is a space intended for being productive and simply “getting the job done”. Ideally, this part of your room, apartment, or office should be clutter-free, tidy, and organized.

The truth is, though, this area most often ends up being covered in mountains of clutter. And that’s not what you want!

Before we go into the fun ideas, you might want to know that a cluttered desk does not only cause stress but it’s also expensive! According to PR Newswire, a survey performed back in 2015 revealed some astonishing numbers.

Not only does over half of the American population have problems with clutter, 78 percent simply doesn’t know how to clean up their working space. Also, research revealed that companies lose billions every year.

That’s because the workers spend a significant amount of time looking for lost items in cluttered offices. Sometimes you can just use the “out of sight out of mind” strategy.

Just shove the unnecessary papers and unidentified objects in the desk drawers and boxes. In time they will get full, and you will never know where you left those important things.

15 DIY Desk Organization Ideas You Should Try

If you have a pile of stuff on your desk and somewhere near you, be sure to keep on reading!

1. Plan Your Time with a Daily Planner and Become More Productive


If you’re feeling overwhelmed and getting anything done is hard, you need a daily planner! A lot of anxiety and overwhelm comes from the fact that we’re afraid we’re going to forget something.

With a daily planner you can feel more in control of your life and your time. Just note everything down and you can forget about it! Because it’s there, on a piece of paper, to remind you of what needs to be done.

At that point, your only job is to follow the list and get through the tasks one by one. Sitting and thinking about the amount of work you have to do won’t get you anywhere!

Doing the work one task at a time will bring RESULTS! I swear by my planners! They brought me to where I am right now – a work-at-home boss with a team from all around the world.

I have the freedom to do whatever I want and I LOVE IT!

To get this FREE DAILY PLANNER, put in your information below. I will send the planner straight into your inbox immediately. 🙂

2. Draw Out an Office Layout

office layout

Source: Do It Urself Now

Take a pen and paper and draw out your idea. Particularly if you have limited space, as small apartments and hub stations most usually have.

Draw out a tabletop plan, as well as each desk segment. The sides, walls, etc. Start out from the ‘cubicle layout’ and expand if necessary.

3. Sort Out the Clutter and Stick to the Basics

What is mandatory for any desk is your laptop, mouse, cell phone, planner, pencil holder, and basic office supplies. Before you put them back on your desk clean all the surfaces.

Lukewarm water, a clean cloth, and a little bit of washing solution will do the trick. Simply add a few drops of detergent, soap, or even shampoo to your water bowl.

Then, dip the cloth and go over every surface of your desk. That includes the inside of the drawers if you have them, and the sides of the table.

4. Use the Marie Kondo Method

Now, if you are emotionally attached to some of the garbage try using the “Marie Kondo method”. Ask yourself a simple question – Does this thing make me happy?

If not, perhaps you don’t need it.

The life-changing magic of tidying up, the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing” is Marie Kondo’s choice and suggestion for all desk Gollums. If you’re having trouble throwing out old paper clips, receipts, and unnecessary garbage, this is the book to read.

After you have cleaned everything and sorted out what stays and what goes, don’t throw out all that garbage just yet. You might be able to use it for some fun, beautiful, and practical décor for your desk. Be creative and recycle!

5. Use Toilet Rolls as Pencil Holders

toilet roll pencil holder

Source: Pinterest, Kisitaly

Okay, I hope that you did not find leftover toilet rolls in your drawers! But that’s something you can find in every home, school, and office.

Repurposing the old office, and in this case, toilet supplies is a great way to help the environment. Have fun and save some money!

If you work in a corporate environment, have a competition with a few of your colleagues. Stack up on toilet rolls and see who will make the prettiest and funniest pencil holders!

6. Master the Craft of Planner Journals

planner journal

Source: Spread Creator

Enhancing your organization skills is always a plus. If your mind is like a messy desk, try learning new techniques on how to manage your time and daily activities better.

There are many ways that you can do that. For example, keeping a to-do list in one journal can allow your creativity to run wild and keep up with all the deadlines.

It might even help you to scrapbook some of the garbage that would otherwise end up forgotten in the bottom of your drawer.

There are a plethora of ideas roaming around the internet. However, for mastering, this activity try the weekly bullet journal that was so carefully described by Christina 77.

7. Feel Like a Pro in Journaling with Washi Tape

washi tape for journaling

Source: HelloCreativeFamily

Using washi tape as part of your office and desk supplies may not seem necessary, but it’s fun. There are beautiful designs and can break the everyday black and white monotony.

If you are a washi tape lover, you have a secret stash of cute prints somewhere on your desk.

For better organization and control over the washi tape situation, I recommend making a washi tape dispenser as instructed by Amy Anderson.

Here are a few beautiful sets of Washi tape you might like.

8. Use Your Wall for Storage Space

wall hanger storage

Source: Instagram

This segment can be fun and practical, particularly if you have a home-based office. Using a wire wall grid, or even a simple pinboard can help you with feeling a lot more organized.

There are many ideas and depending on your taste you can go with a minimalist design. Also, you could just go full-on and make a living piece of art from your home desk office.

If you’re in need of such a wire wall grid, here is one. Rose gold grids are also an option, look at this one here, pretty cute, isn’t it?

Here are more tips on how to create more storage space in a small room.

9. Plastic Containers as Drawer Organizers

plastic container organizers

Source: Kelly Nan, Gracious living blog

You can use plastic containers from old products, or get your own drawer organization containers from Amazon. These clear plastic organizers are pretty good.  

They are good for organizing beauty products too.

Kelly Nan displayed a perfect drawer with supplies net and organized it using different sized boxes.

10. Create More Storage Space

hanging desk bins

Source: Blast Aloud blog

Sometimes it’s hard to stay true to the organized lifestyle because of your busy schedule. If you have a small desk and a lot of stuff, why don’t you add storage on the sides of the table?

The walls or a few shelves can work too! This amazing idea by brit+co allows you to have fun and even add some greenery to your surroundings.

11. Organize Your Folders in a Fun Way

folder organizers

Source: Blast aloud blog

Organizing your printed documents can be a hard and dull activity. Next time you set a date for organizing your printed content, try adding some motivational quotes and classy colors. Then, see the world changing in front of you!

Seriously, with everything I’ve said so far, the key thing is to express aesthetics in your working environment. Then, observe how your productivity will change almost overnight.

Try this folder organizer idea (you can change the color from gold to silver, or the base color of your choice). Maybe even use some of those scrapbook and bullet journaling techniques I’ve mentioned earlier.

Have fun and organize. For the idea, all you need is a cute wall file holder like this one or this one and a few file folders like these here.

12. Print Out a Calendar and Hang It on Your Wall

wall calendar


One of the things people keep forgetting every year is to get a new printed calendar. Even though we have our reminders, the internet, and smartphones (if the power goes out for example), you will always have a visual reminder of your own.

You can always take a small project up a notch and make a chalkboard wall calendar.

13. Untangle All Cables with Basic Office Supplies

cable detanglers

Source: Little- White -Whale

There are many ways you can untangle the cables: mark them with post-it notes or use boxes with holes.

By far the simplest way to keep cables untangled (at least the ones you need every day) is by using a simple binder clip. Here are a few colorful ones!

14. Make a Receipt File Holder

reciept holder

Source: Kalyn Brooke

Keep track of all expenses as Kalyn Brooke suggests, with a simple mason jar that will store your receipts.

It’s great for storage and you can find one at a Dollar Store. So, definitely one of the better Dollar Store organization hacks.

These mason jars are quite lovely too!

15. Have a Stress Relief Kit for Emergency

stress releif kit

Source: Pinterest

Busy working days can bring out the best and worst in you. Sometimes it gets hard and you need a break.

A headache reliever or a snack can get your sugar levels back up. Get prepared in advance and leave some room in a drawer for it.

Also, you can just make a secret stash below your desk surface with a box and some duct tape. Use it only in urgent situations or when you have a colleague in distress.

This is also a great gift for any coworker’s birthday.


Enjoyed some of these desk organization, productivity hacks? Let me know which one was your favorite!

Having an organized desk can help you to become more productive and happier in your office. At the end of the day, it feels good to get work done and see beautiful results!