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14 Desk Organization Ideas You Can Actually Use

You'll have a Pinterest-worthy workspace in no time.

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Far too often, we find ourselves looking through Pinterest or Tumblr for the perfect setup to be our most productive selves in...but after endless scrolls, nothing seems to fit. But when you work from home, having a desk—scratch that, having an *rganized desk—is the difference between going down a two-hour TikTok hole to being able to sign off from your workday early. We all want that Pottery Barn Teen catalog-worthy workspace we strived for as a 14-year-old, so how do you get it? Well, my little buzzy worker bee friends, behold the world of desk organization. Having an organized desk makes your place of work go from a shady motel to the Ritz-Carlton in a no time. Instead of wasting your time with heavily edited photos of the desks of your dreams, I sought out real people's desks from Instagram who made it happen. And by made it happen, I mean Marie Kondo-d their workspace into something dreams are made of! Ahead, here are 14 ideas for making your next couple of months, weeks, days of working at home more efficient than they've ever been.

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Let your plants shine somewhere else.

For the most part, keep decorative items like plants off your desk. This will clear more room for stuff your desk should actually be used for, like writing that email you keep forgetting about.

Use a pegboard for decoration and organizing.

The inner crafty person in you is about to shine! Pick up a pegboard and get ready to free some space on your desk. Bonus points if you include desk supplies and decorations!

Turn paper clutter into decor.

Put those saved concert tickets, postcards, Polaroids, and prints to use on your walls. It adds an effortless a piece of you to your desk space.

Use a laptop or monitor riser for extra storage and surface area.
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The beauty of a laptop or monitor riser is 1) it helps with posture 2) you can store things in it, and 3) it leaves you with more space than you know what to do with.

Floating Shelves

Having multiple shelves means you can not only store stuff on them but that you're free to play around a bit, whether that means one of them becoming a temporary bookshelf or a space where you practice your green thumb. Feel free to let your freak flag fly!

DIY a desk shelf organizer.

Not only is a desk shelf on your desk cute with a capital "C," but it gives you a space to put all your little knick-knacks in one area. You can totally DIY it using planks of wood, or just buy one like this. We don't judge.


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