How to De-clutter Your Desk in 4 Easy Steps

How to De-clutter Your Desk in 4 Easy Steps

Gregory Han
Jul 14, 2010

From his recent Tech Tour, we know Mike Tyson has his cords and cables properly organized, so it is no surprise his try-out post for Unplggd is about decluttering the home office. Tell us what you think below!

Are you having a hard time concentrating? Or maybe you simply don't have room to write down a simple note on your desk. Whether it's for your peace of mind or to increase functionality, we can help you rid your desk of the usual culprits of clutter with just 4 easy steps...

1. Clear the paperwork.
If you have stacks of papers piling up around you, try and sort them out for hidden storage. Depending on the magnitude of paperwork that you have, it might be better to opt for a filing cabinet system. CB2's TPS filing cabinet is a nice, stylish option for smaller spaces. Additionally, Craigslist constantly has cheap, used filing cabinets for sale. If your paper problem is much less serious, perhaps a drawer option like IKEA's Helmer is right for you. The small drawers can help separate papers that you need to access easily yet need them to be out of sight. The bonus function of the Helmer drawer system is its ability to organize all of your pens, pencils, and other tools you use constantly throughout your workday.

2. Go wireless.
It's the little things that make a big difference. Removing the wires from your keyboard and mouse will enhance the visual space of your workspace dramatically. Apple's wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse are great additions to a Mac setup or if you're using Windows, I've always been fond of Logitech's options. If you're looking to save money (who isn't?) eBay is a good bet to stay within budget.

3. Use floating shelves for additional storage.
Most of the time desks tend to find themselves against a wall. Don't let that precious wall space go to waste! Some well placed floating shelves could be just thing to keep your items organized and accessible yet free from your workspace. IKEA's classic LACK shelf is the perfect budget-friendly option.

4. Clamp that light.
A desk lamp is a way of life for many of us late night workers but just because you need a light doesn't mean it has to take up precious real estate on your desk. An architect-style clamp light is a perfect option for someone who wants a nice directional light but doesn't want to sacrifice the space. There are also some beautiful vintage ones to be found on places like Craigslist and eBay, or order a unique one like this Solo Speed Clamp-Lamp.

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