Under $50: 10 Must-Haves for an Organized Desk

For a workspace to work well, it needs to be orderly. Cords, pencils, and paperwork can easily run amok if they’re not corralled. Preserve your sanity. These home office helpers will keep things organized and running smoothly—all without breaking the bank.

  1. Desk Accessories

    Cool Desk Accessories

    Keep the things you use most out on your desktop, but neatly organized. This accessory set includes a pencil holder, tape dispenser, and stapler in a sleek modern design. And if pool blue isn't your color, the desk set comes in 13 other eye-popping, day-brightening colors. Available at Poppin; $40.

    Related:  11 Ways to Keep Your Real Desktop Organized


  2. Desk Lamp

    Ikea Desk Lamp

    Good task lighting is essential for a productive work environment. This desk lamp from IKEA adjusts at both the head and the arm to direct light exactly where you need it. Available at IKEA; $29.99.

    Related:  9 Lampshades You Can Make Before Lights Out


  3. Paper Tray

    Paper Tray

    Whether you're organizing bills, letters, or the standard memo inbox, a stacking letter tray system will help you keep important papers sorted for fast, at-your-fingertips access. Available at The Organizing Store; $16.99.


  4. Desk Drawer Organizer

    Drawer Organizer

    Don’t let your desk drawer become another junk drawer. This drawer organizer reshapes to multiple widths and hangs on the drawer sides to allow for extra paper storage underneath. Now you have a place for every tack, rubber band, and paperclip. Available on Amazon; $34.99.


  5. Cord Organizer

    Cable Holder

    Skip a bird's nest of knotted cables and keep cords untangled using this desktop cord manager. Five soft, rubber grips create four slots to tame unruly cables and provide you with easy access to all your digital connections. Available at Quirky; $9.99.

    Related:  Plug Into 10 Clever Ways of Corralling Cords


  6. USB Hub

    Anker USB Hub

    Expand your ability to connect and charge up multiple devices with an external USB hub. Three ports offer standard connections, while the last two can charge your device at its quickest possible speed. It’s a technophile’s best friend. Available on Amazon; $25.99.


  7. Letters & Keys

    Letter Organizer

    Organizing letters in the silhouette of an elephant is much more fun—and practical—than losing them on a messy desk. Mount it on the wall, and it can also hold your keys on its curled trunk. An elephant never forgets, so you should never lose track of the important stuff again. Available at Kikkerland; $25.00.


  8. Desk Vacuum

    Desk Vacuum

    Tidying your work surface has never been so entertaining than when you use a mini vacuum designed just for especially for your desk. Powered by two AA batteries, it will keep your workspace dust and debris free. Remember: A clean desk is a happy desk. Available on Amazon; $19.99.


  9. Hand Shredder

    Muji Shredder

    Even though things are mostly digital now, you'll still need a shredder to dispose of all your confidential documents. Unlike most of the older, bulkier models, this compact shredder is small enough to function as a desktop item. Simply wind the crank, and your paper shreds quietly. Available at MoMA Store; $12.00.


  10. Trash Can

    urbano eco trash can

    Most do their best work in a clean, clutter-free environment. Keep trash at bay with these clever, eco-friendly trash cans. Not only can you get rid of waste throughout the day, but these double duty cans are designed to use plastic grocery store bags as the liners—and keep spares neatly stored. Available at Uncommon Goods; $19.00.


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