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Four Genius Ways to Organize Your Desk

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You’ve gone shopping for your school supplies, stuffed your backpack and planned your first-day outfit. There’s only one thing left to do to start your semester off on the right foot: organize your desk.

Follow these tips to set yourself (and your study station) up for school year success.

Stick to the necessities

Having too much stuff is one of the main causes of disorganization. To keep your desk organized, limit the number of pens, pencils, notebooks and other supplies you store in it.

It helps to restrict your shopping to the items on your school supply list, the ones you’ll absolutely need for class. Plus, sticking to the necessities will save you and your parents money — no splurging on things you don’t need.

Keep it neat

Remove any clutter that might be on or around your desk, and prevent new clutter from piling up.

How? Start with the cords that become entangled behind your desk, a frequent trouble spot. Tie up any excess length on your computer cable, phone charger and other cords with everyday items such as ribbons or twist ties. Then label them with tape, so you’ll always know what you’re unplugging.

Buy a desk organizer

If you need more help, see if there’s room in the budget for a desk organizer. These often cost less than $15, and can save you the headache of misplacing smaller supplies.

For example, separate your paper clips from your push pins with the Deep Multipocket Desk Drawer Organizer, 7-Compartments. This multi-section storage device costs just $11.99 from office supply superstore Staples.

Or, for some easy-to-access storage on top of your desk, try the Rubbermaid Regeneration Desktop Organizer from Office Depot. For just $8.99, it provides plenty of space to store pens, sticky notes and more.

Do it yourself

No room in the budget for a desk organizer? Make one yourself from supplies you already have around your house.

The possibilities are endless, but if you need some inspiration, Pinterest is filled with creative and affordable ways to organize your desk. Start searching!

To get you started, here are a few resourceful ideas that we’re particularly fond of:

  • Use shoe cubbies (or even old shoeboxes) as desktop organizers. Glue them together to create your own storage system and cover them with wrapping paper for a personalized look.
  • Label files with colorful, hand-written sticky notes so you can always find the paper you’re looking for.
  • Use plastic cups to separate pens, pencils, paintbrushes and more. Label the cups with colored markers.
  • Hang organizers on your wall. This will add to the amount of space you already have both inside and on top of your desk.

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Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: courtney@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @courtneynerd.


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