Creating a functional home workspace is a small project that will yield big rewards. Whether you’re setting up a home workspace, classroom or study area, these clever space savers and organization tips will help you create a desk that works for your needs.
Rachel Hoffman, an organization expert and author of “Unf * ck Your Habitat” and “Cleaning Sucks”, has some general tips for setting up a small desk at home. “People tend to see the desk itself as the only storage space available, without considering the areas above, below and beside it, which all create extra storage space,” he says.
For people who can’t install anything on the walls, placing a pegboard with storage accessories can help lift many items off the desk while keeping them close at hand.
Beautiful Perforated Panel ($ 24.99; containertore.com)
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Bello Pegboard Shelf ($ 9.99; containertore.com)
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Bello Pegboard Shelf
Bello Long Basket with Pegboard ($ 13.99; containertore.com)
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Long basket with Bello perforated panel
Wall Control White Metal Perforated Panel Package ($ 44.99, originally $ 59.99; amazon.com)
White metal perforated panel package for wall control
Assortment of Pegboard Hooks, 80 Pieces ($ 16.99, originally $ 19.99; amazon.com)
Assortment of hooks for perforated panels, 80 pieces
Creating more space on a desk can be as simple as investing in a narrow tabletop that can be placed on top of a desk. Look for styles that offer open shelving for storing paper diaries, notebooks, and mailing supplies, as well as some drawers to hold smaller items like phone chargers.
Tribesigns Desktop Bookcase with Drawers ($ 41.99; amazon.com)
Tribesigns table bookcase with drawers
Ollieroo Desk Organizer with Extendable Storage Space ($ 29.99; amazon.com)
Ollieroo desk organizer with extendable storage space
Monitor stands can also create additional vertical space on the desk itself – models with built-in closets or drawers offer more storage space than simple shelf designs.
Sundale Monitor Stand with Storage Drawers ($ 45.99, originally $ 51.99; amazon.com)
Sundale monitor stand with storage drawers
Valen Monitor Stand with Organizer Drawer ($ 33.99; amazon.com)
Valen monitor stand with organizer drawer
Another way to free up valuable desk space is to invest in storage space that hooks or hangs on your desk or other nearby furniture. These products can also help solve very specific problems you may have, such as where to store a pair of headphones when not in use.
Elevation Under-Desk Storage Shelf ($ 24.95; amazon.com)
Elevation Under Desk Storage Shelf
Eurmask Headphone / Earphone Support ($ 12.99, originally $ 14.99; amazon.com)
Eurmask headphone / earphone holder
Stand Steady 3-in-1 Desk Organizer with Clamp ($ 29.99; amazon.com)
Stand Steady 3-in-1 Desk organizer with fixing
Jgstkcity Desk Clamp Power Strip with USB Ports ($ 33.99; amazon.com)
Jgstkcity desk clamp power strip with USB ports
If your desk has a drawer, you can easily tidy it up with a drawer organizer. That way, you can keep things separate and find them quickly.
Cantara Multi-Purpose Drawer Organizer ($ 19.99; wayfair.com)
Cantara multipurpose drawer organizer
Seville 5-Piece Classic Bamboo Storage Box Set ($ 25.99; bedbathandbeyond.com)
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Seville 5 Piece Classic Bamboo Storage Box Set
Three By Three Seattle Drawer Organizer Package ($ 16.52, originally $ 20; amazon.com)
Seattle Three-by-Three Drawer Organizer Package
Dylan Bamboo 5-Piece Drawer Organizer Set ($ 33.99, originally $ 37.99; wayfair.com)
Dylan Bamboo 5-Piece Drawer Organizer Set
Expandable Drawer Organizer ($ 8; target.com)
Expandable drawer organizer
Hoffman offers another smart storage solution, which you may already have in your home. “I’m a big fan of using a space that isn’t necessarily the desk itself such as a small bookcase, trolley, chest of drawers, coffee table with storage units, or even a nightstand on the floor under or next to your desk, which instantly expand storage options, “he says.
Holly Homer, a blogger at One Crazy House, says she uses a cart to store the printer, scanner, and paper supplies, as well as phone charging cables and earphones.
Walsport 4-Tier Metal Rolling Utility Cart ($ 59.90, originally $ 65.99; wayfair.com)
Walsport 4-tier metal multipurpose trolley
Leaning bookcase ($ 249; urbanutfitters.com)
Loring 5-Shelf Leaning Bookcase ($ 100; target.com)
Loring hanging bookcase with 5 shelves
Romoon 4-Drawer Fabric Dresser ($ 59.99; amazon.com)
Romoon 4-drawer fabric dresser
Desk organizer trays that hold pens, scissors, sticky notes, and other office items are generally designed for desktop use, but wall-mounted systems are available and are a good solution for freeing up space.
Perch Magnetic Modular System Components (Starting at $ 7.99; containertore.com)
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5-Piece Vertical Storage System ($ 41.57; homedepot.com)
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5-piece vertical storage system
If using vertical space to place shelves isn’t an option, look for a desk organizer tray with a small footprint that doesn’t take up much floor space.
Office Oasis Office Accessories Caddy ($ 29.95; amazon.com)
Office Oasis Office Caddy Accessories
Coolbros Elephant Pencil Holder with Phone Holder Desk Organizer ($ 5.99, originally $ 7.99; amazon.com)
Coolbros Elephant pencil holder with phone holder desk organizer
Homer has one final tip for people who are serious about optimizing their home workspace. “Something that changed my life forever was getting me an easy-to-use scanner and getting organized with my digital files,” he says. “When you manage to get rid of that stack of papers on your desk, you will be amazed at how few things you really need.”
Brother Compact Mobile Document Scanner ($ 89.98, originally $ 149.99; amazon.com)
Compact portable Brother document scanner
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