Shoppers rate these desk organizers as the best stylish buys for a tidy workspace

To keep your workspace clutter-free, for good

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I didn't choose the desk organizer life, the desk organizer life chose me. Best believe that 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.* As cringe as it sounds, a tidy space does equal a tidy mind... I've learned the hard way by having to blowdry java-soaked paper on low heat. Don't be like me and take note of these desk organization ideas.

I work from my lounge on a round table that doubles up as a dining space, so I have to be really creative when it comes to working out where to keep my pens and notepads. I'm all for investing in fancy organization products, but they need to be functional, too. Luckily, those options do exist. 

I've (quite literally) done my homework by speaking to an organization expert and found only the best, highly-rated desk organizers online. 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.

Btw, I've categorized this list (sorting my favorites into sections) so you can quickly jump to features that pique your interest. Acrylic buys that'll make a small desk look bigger, portable picks that can be carried around the house, and accessories that have built-in charging stations, are just a few of the 18 options I've compiled to suit every workspace. 

18 desk organizers for a cleaner (and cuter) workspace

I've featured only the top-rated desk organizers in this guide. I also spoke with an expert over at everyone's favorite flat pack store, IKEA (opens in new tab), who recommended one type of desk organizer over all of the others ⁠— the humble desk drawer organizer. 

"Put an insert in your desk drawer and sort your supplies once and for all," says Marissa Frayer, a writer for IKEA. She also adds that "a magnetic knife rack and containers create out-of-the-way homes for your phone charger and earbuds," which is ultra handy.

Let's get straight to our picks:

Desk organizers for drawers

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Desk organizer sets

Desk organizers for files

Wooden desk organizers

Desk organizer shelves

Desk organizers for pens


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

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Christina Chrysostomou

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. 

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Christina Chrysostomou
Ecommerce Editor

Bonjour, Yasou, Hello — I'm Christina, ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Along with my super creative colleagues, I create content to help you create a chic home on a budget. I live in a two-bed maisonette with a garage and garden in Essex. Geographically, it's perfect; I've got the forest on my doorstep, and London is just 15 minutes by tube or car. I specialize in small kitchen appliances so that you can prepare food with ease at home. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket.