Without a tray to tidy my papers and a pen holder to house my extensive highlighter collection, my mind and work schedule would be a mess *cue coffee cup spill.* A tidy desk makes all the difference, and I've learned the hard way by having to blowdry java-soaked paper on low heat. To make the most of all those inspiring desk organization ideas you've clocked on social, you're going to need desk organizers that'll do the heavy lifting. I'm all for investing in fancy organization products, but they need to be functional, too. Luckily, those options do exist.
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18 desk organizers for a cleaner (and cuter) workspace
I've featured only top-rated desk organizers in this guide. I also thought about what's most important for organizing a desk, no matter its size. These picks get credit and kudos for their ability to organize your office supplies neatly and aesthetically. Some even have famous backing behind them (hey, Marie Kondo!), and others are eco-friendly.
Whether you're looking for a desktop set-up or something to clean up the inside of a desk drawer, this list has it. Let's get straight to our picks.
Desk organizers for drawers
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Size (in): 11.1 x 4.76 x 9.4 (as assembled)
Remember when Khloé Kardashian's pantry went viral thanks to The Home Edit's acrylic decor takeover? Well, now you can keep your desk clutter-free like a celebrity. This six-piece set has been seen on Netflix, too!
Material: FSC-certified recycled paperboard
Size (in): H2 x W13 x L15
The modular desk organizer setup from the Queen of tidy. If you need your in-drawer storage to be more accommodating to different items — like rulers, rubber bands, stamps, and tape — then these six styling opportunities are endless. Made from heavyweight post-consumer recycled paperboard, they're also eco-friendly too.
Made from: Plastic
Size (in): H3.5 x W6.8 x D6.8
Pretty in pink — or beige and baby blue, for that matter — this adorable design nails both function and form. Whether it's paper clips, staplers, or your one seriously Y2K gel pen collection, this has your back. It was featured in our Amazon desk organizers guide as reviewers seriously love it.
Desk organizer sets
Size (in): H3.9 x W12.56 x D10.23
Bring the outdoors in with this value set I found on Amazon. The wire design (available in gold or rose gold) sort of reminds me of trellis mesh you'd associate with beautifully British gardens. So if you want the Bridgerton feel in your office, add this to your basket, along with some faux florals or foliage.
Size: H24 x W14 x D0.8
Pegboards are pretty popular, period. But add a wall mirror into the mix and you've got a small-space organizer that works even harder. This one comes in either black or white and has two accessory trays and a hanging hook.
Material: BPA-free plastic
Size (in): H8.03 x W3.6 x D7.8
Clear your desk from clutter with these slightly translucent containers. The great thing about the accessories is that you can display them vertically or horizontally. Plus, they're stackable. On Amazon, over 9,200 customers have given these a 4.6-star rating.
Desk organizers for files
Made from: Metal
Size (in): H5.6 x W9.8 x D11.8
This design comes as a set of two stackable trays, replete with rounded metal to protect against scratching. Add to this the industrial allure, and you have one major style statement — not to mention, a great place to store your papers, documents, and even magazines. Personally, I'm obsessed with the rose-gold color. It's a surefire way to elevate an otherwise boring set-up. Plus, rust and corrosion are nothing to worry about thanks to its premium metal construction.
Material: Rust-resistant iron
Size (in): H12 x W13 x D9
Cheaper than hiring a personal assistant, this desk organizer will sort all your files for you, fast. What I (and 700 Amazon customers) like about this is that it has drawers and vertical slots to keep your papers tidy, uncrumpled, and dog-ear-free.
Size (in): H14.37 x W9.84 x D6.69
Forget ugly magazine racks! If you want to show off your paperbacks and glossies, do it in style with this brass-colored beauty. I love the soft arches and the width of the slots that allow for big textbooks and lengthy documents.
Wooden desk organizers
Material: Engineered wood
Size (in): H15.5 x W15.8 x D6.8
Idk who Jerry & Maggie are, but they seem the type who have got their shiz together! Nearly 10,500 people on Amazon have given this a 4.3/5 rating, complimenting how easy it is to assemble.
Size (in): H6 x W13.5 x D11.4
Want your desk organizer to look as though it's part of the furniture? This white 12-compartment pick is great at camouflaging into a neutral scheme. The modern traditional design mimics a drawer and the different-sized slots are great for scissors, sticky notes, and even a small notebook.
Size (in): H5.7 x W6.8 x D17.5
Not only is this desk organizer sustainable, but I think it's also a smart investment. It has all sorts of compartments you can use, and it can be configured to sit in a corner as it's adjustable. Great for small or large desks, it'll ensure everything you need is close by and looks tidy.
Desk organizer shelves
Material: Fiberboard and iron
Size (in): H12 x W21 x D7
Go for gold and achieve your goals like a boss with these super chic desk shelves from Pottery Barn Teen. Though it's technically a teenage desk idea — I think these look quite sophisticated...plus they've got two in-built USB charging points for your phone and other electricals
Size (in): H9.25 x W17.01 x L5.35
If you live at your desk, you need a monitor stand to help prevent neck probs. It's designed to put your desktop at eye level, but it will also boost space if you're working with a tiny desk. Underneath the monitor, you can keep your notepad or keyboard and mouse. The translucent Amazon desk organizer design also means your desk will look anything but cluttered. Might as while get yourself an Amazon office chair while you're there, too.
Material: ABS and benzene
Size (in): H8.6 x W6.8 x D10.2
If you like to keep your storage under wraps, consider this slide-out system. This self-adhesive storage solution tucks tidily under your desk shelf and can take up to 24 lbs of weight. This way, you can store more on a smaller desk shelf, and you can separate your stuff with total ease.
Desk organizers for pens
Size (in): H4 x W9.25 x D4.25
With eight compartments and one pull-out drawer, this five-star-rated stationery castle has enough real estate to house all of your office must-haves. It's made from solid steel, requires no construction, and has rubber feet so it won't go flying off your desk.
Size (in): H7.26 x W7.98 x D7.98
A lazy Susan but for office products? Sign me up. This sleek acrylic suite of desk accessories adds a minimal footprint to your space. Plus, this is the "in" thing on TikTok when it comes to desk organization — they're all over my FYP. But let's not ignore the best part of this organizer: it spins for easy access to all your fave supplies. There's no better way to keep your mail, paper, and pens clutter-free.
Material: Plastic, LED
Size (in): H10 x W7 x D6
Dorms are notorious for having poor lighting and not enough charge points — so this desk organizer is a real multitasker. It's portable, lightweight, and cordless so you can move it around your space without being confined to a corner. No reorganizing your dorm room layout to get your work done now.
When should I use a desk organizer?
We spoke with Jamie Hord, founder of Horderly Professional Organizing, about the logistics of using a desk organizer (or five) and to determine when you need to put a desk organizer to use. "Before you start purchasing organizers to get your desk organized, you need to know what your needs are in terms of functionality for you," she told us. So, it would be smart to go through everything you currently have on and inside your desk, and to collate them into piles of stuff. "You want to consider how much you have of each item, keeping in mind that not everything needs to live together," she adds. Then, if you find you have 12 fun highlighters to store, it makes sense to buy something for holding these. If you're someone who rarely makes notes or uses paper, skip the paper tray — you get the idea.
How should I organize my desk?
We've asked the experts at Zinus to find out exactly how you should be organizing your desk. “Keeping your desk organized will not only help to keep it looking aesthetic but also ensures it remains functional,” Victoria Cedeno, furniture extraordinaire and brand specialist says. “Think of your desk as a blank canvas, which can be accessorized depending on your needs." And to help prioritize, she says you want to “ensure you leave enough space for a laptop or monitor before introducing pen pots, a lamp, and a desk organizer for notebooks, papers, and other essential items." So, be practical… but then you can go wild!
What should I put in a desk organizer?
A desk organizer is a great way to declutter your desk and give a home to pens, paper, and other stationery pieces that usually are scattered around your workspace. Its purpose is to keep your most-used supplies close by. Items you use less frequently can be put into a drawer, cabinet, or shelf. Browse our home office storage ideas if you need some inspiration.
How we chose these desk organizers
Hey, I'm Christina, an ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Though I spend most of my day on a computer tapping away on my laptop, I fully endorse the use of a desk organizer. In this guide, I've made selections based on desk research of Amazon reviews, as well as considering style and functionality. Because, I think if it looks good and does the job, you'll be more likely to get some use out of it. So there's no excuse to scramble around the house for a pen or bit of paper when you need to take down some important information while on the phone.
Where to shop for a desk organizer?
Not (yet) found what you're after? You can find the perfect desk organizers to nail the home office idea you have in mind by visiting some of these top shops.
- Amazon desk organizers
- Bed Bath & Beyond desk organizers
- Etsy desk organizers
- Lowe's desk organizers
- Office Depot desk organizers
- Overstock desk organizers
- Staples desk organizers
- Target desk organizers
- The Container Store desk organizers
- Walmart desk organizers
- Wayfair desk organizers
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