Sheets of paper, Post-Its, paper clips, binder clips, thumbtacks, electrical cords, pens, pencils, markers, the stapler, books, coffee cups, business cards –
It's endless. All that clutter, all that matter – the humble desk, it seems, can hold the universe upon its surface.
But you have no use for this cosmos when all you're looking for is the grocery list you had jotted down the night before, or that receipt from the store, or a business card from an important contact, or the USB cord for your phone.
It's a big hassle and an eyesore to boot, having a cluttered desk. To keep things tidy, orderly, and easy to find, try your hand at these desk hacks:
Reevaluate your belongings. Do you really need all of these things? Perhaps there's a bunch of items that you can donate, upcycle, or drop off at the recycling center. Pare down what you have. Clear up some space. Start with pieces of paper, then with pens, checking whether they still have ink or whether they're usable in some way.
Segregate. Use containers for everything. To this end, you can use, for instance, an ice cube tray to organize paperclips, thumbtacks, staple wire, and various gewgaws and bits and ends. You can also use small metal trays or baskets of different sizes as drawer dividers. Try your hand, also, at this: a shoebox stuffed with a handful of old tissue paper rolls – handy when it comes to storing pens, markers, pencils, paintbrushes, scissors, and other similar implements. You can utilize mason jars to this end, too. (Source: One Fabulous Mama
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Opt to use a bulletin board to keep track of notes, receipts, and other important pieces of paper instead of leaving them scattered all over your work desk.
Old cookie sheets can also house your various notes. Paint them over to glam 'em up and use a set of decorative magnets for extra style. (Source: Brit.co
As an alternative, instead of jotting down reminders on paper, use a whiteboard or, better yet, a piece of plexiglass (which you can cut to the dimensions you want). This way you'll have less paper and less clutter to worry about. And, unlike with chalkboards, it doesn't get dusty. (Source: Brit.co
Make use of clearly-marked folders and envelopes to store documents. (Source: Alejandra.tv
Install open shelving to keep books and magazines off of your desk, yet still within easy reach. This example, for instance, is simple and elegant, requiring no more than a few planks of wood and nails. (Source: HGTV
Use binder clips to organize the various cords at the edge of your desk, as this picture shows. (Source: Buzzfeed