How to Organize a Desk Without Drawers

Desks are an essential piece of furniture for an office or home environment. But not all desks come with storage features, such as drawers, so your space can quickly become cluttered and you can lose track of where everything is. But to keep your workspace organized, here are some golden rules to follow.

1. Multi-device Charging Stations

charging station organizer

Multi-device charging stations are an efficient way to eliminate mess from cables and also charge multiple devices at the same time. They provide multiple storing spaces for your smartphone and similar devices while they’re not in use, preventing a cluttered pile-up on your desk. At the same time, they’ll charge your devices, so you won’t have cords dragging across your desk working area.

There’s a variety of materials to match your office’s aesthetics, such as bamboo, steel, plastic, and more. Some stations are simple while others have integrated slots for stationery and even an alarm clock, allowing you to fully utilize your desk’s space. A tiered design perfectly organizes your devices by size to beautify your display and easily access each one. Many of the top stations feature wireless technology, which avoids any display of cords altogether.

2. Buy a Monitor Stand

If you have a separate monitor and keyboard, a monitor stand provides a clever way to store items underneath, such as files, a book, office supplies, stationery, and more without looking unsightly. These stands make the most of the height for extra space to save room on your desk.

They’re available in a range of styles, including empty space for having your accessories to hand, or drawers to hide your accessories. Monitor stands look stylish too, with many offering curved edges and a smooth, polished finish with easy-to-slide-out drawers. 

3. Use Your Wall Space

How to Organize a Desk Without Drawers

To organize a desk without drawers, you don’t want to add more accessories. Instead, utilize the space on the walls. A wall organizer allows you to beautifully display important notes and stationery to hand, instead of it lying loose on your desk.

Consider the accessories you want to store. For documents, invest in a basket wall mounting, so you can create an organized space. Shelves work best for bulky items, such as books and plants and ornaments to accessorize your area. This allows you to personalize the space and add a splash of color and personality. Fabric pockets expand, making them perfect for a selection of items from books and pens to bulky devices. You can play around with a variety of wall organizers to accommodate everything you need, though make sure everything is displayed perfectly and color-coded to make it look aesthetically pleasing. 

If you’re in a rented property and don’t want to leave any damage, you can balance a board on your desk against the wall with pockets for pens and paper. Just make sure it’s decorated with a purpose and doesn’t look unsightly. 

4. Install a Side Rail

You’ve used up the wall space in front of you, what other areas can you best utilize? The side of your desk. Side organizers are easy to attach and versatile for a range of items, so long as they’re not too heavy. Attach a tiered filing cabinet to your desk to store your books and papers without cluttering on top of your desk. 

You can also purchase fabric pockets with compartments to store your pens, clips, notes, and cords neatly, so you know where to find everything during your working day.

5. Add a Keyboard Tray

This is a sneaky way to add another shelf to your desk that’ll be unnoticeable to others. You can decide to use this for your keyboard or store unsightly papers under your desk without the need for drawers. However, you should still keep your documents organized with colored tabs, for example.

6. Eliminate as Much as Possible on Your Desk

The fewer items you have on your desk, the more organized it’ll be. Can you avoid bringing paperwork home by scanning documents to save on your laptop? Perhaps you’ve not sorted through your desk for a while and have things you’ll no longer use, like heaps of pens, when one will suffice, or outdated papers that are no longer useful.

Most offices have a lamp. But avoid having one on your desk, and save room by choosing a floor lamp or one that’s mounted to the wall.

7. Invest in a Desk Organizer

Desk organizers are essential if you must have papers, pens, paperclips, and other stationery to hand while you’re working. These allow you to neatly store your items, so everything is an arm’s reach away without appearing messy. Consider what you really need on your desk and choose an organizer that perfectly fits everything. Don’t waste space with one that accommodates books if you only use pens and sticky notes.

Many of these come with numerous shelves and different-sized sections, so you can keep paper clips in one space and pens and scissors in another. Not only does it make your workspace more professional and organized, but allows you to find everything easily, too.

8. Avoid Personal Items on Your Desk

As days become busy, it can be tempting to leave your purse, candle, hair clips, and glasses case on your desk. Each day after you’ve finished work, do a wipe down and remove any items that aren’t work-related. Take your dirty cups into the kitchen after use. Rather than chucking items onto your desk in a rush, find a designated space for all items in your home and keep personal items out of the office.

You should also avoid collating a pile of items on your desk that you no longer need or use. Keep on top of your workspace by throwing anything you no longer need in the trash. A purge is healthy to get rid of things that are just taking up space.

9. Have a Notepad Handy

Sometimes ideas will come to you and you might not always have your phone to hand to write down these ideas. Having a notepad on your desk allows you to jot down important information and key ideas rather than creating a collection of scrap paper, which looks much messier.

Final Thoughts

Your environment dictates your state of mind. If your office is messy, you won’t feel in a clear headspace to think clearly. Now that you’ve read how to organize a desk without drawers, it’s time to put these tips to the test!