When it comes to organizing your workplace or home office, having a clean and clutter-free desk is a must for many people. Not only does it make it easier to find relevant papers, files, and stationery items, but an organized desk also provides a sense of calm and gives off a look of professionalism.
Desk organizers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and we like units that can hold a variety of items, including papers, pens, folders, small stationery items, and even double as a spot to rest our phone or tablet while it’s charging. Not only do the organizers all have plastic, non-skid feet that will keep the units in place and stop them from scratching your desk or table, they can also be personalized by not attaching each buildable section, instead spacing out the sections to work side-by-side, allowing users to create the design that is most conducive to their workplace.
The organizers we’ve included on our list are specifically designed for use in an office-type setting, but we have found many more applications for them around the home. We like using a desk organizer near the front door for sorting mail and storing keys and ID badges. A desk organizer in the kitchen is great for recipes and flyers when meal planning. Using a desk organizer in a home office can make it a spot where warranties and instruction manuals are kept. Desk organizers are also a great idea in garages, where they can store important documents for your various vehicles.
To find the organizer that works best for you, check out our top picks below. You may even want to pick up all three!
1. SimpleHouseware Mesh Desk Organizer with Sliding Drawer
With enough room for all your files and office supplies, the SimpleHouseware Mesh Desk Organizer with Sliding Drawer is a great space-saving option.
Pros: The Mesh Desk Organizer is ideal for people who love to be organized, with a large sliding drawer with three sections that are big enough for pens, sticky notes and more. The middle section can house additional office supplies or act as a place to store your laptop, tablet or smartphone when charging or not in use. The top of the organizer includes five 2” compartments that can organize mail, papers or folders.
Cons: Customers find that the top section with the five dividers does not fit securely and can easily fall off the organizer. Because the files are placed vertically from the side, it is challenging to distinguish the folders when looking straight on.
2. Easepres 6-Tier Mesh Desktop File Organizer
The Easepres 6-Tier Mesh Desktop File Organizer features five tilted trays for papers and one oversized tray that can be used for office supplies or large files.
Pros: Ideal for mail sorting, organizing handouts for different classes and courses, or sorting through files, the Easepres 6-Tier Mesh Desktop File Organizer includes five tilted trays and one oversized tray with a steel mesh construction. The 6 Tray is also a great organizer to keep next to a printer, with slots for different colored paper, stationary and envelopes.
Cons: Unlike the other two organizers, the 6 Trays doesn’t include a sliding tray or a dedicated space for items like pens and paperclips. Because the organizer holds files horizontally, it’s not large enough for legal pads.
3. AmazonBasics Mesh Desk Organizer
Amazon’s AmazonBasics desk organizer is an ideal companion to the organizers above. Instead of focusing on the larger items like files, though, this clever organizer helps you contain all your small pieces into one, handy space. Never again will you wonder where you’ve put your favorite pen, pencil or stapler. Everything you need to get your work done (outside of your big files) will be within arm’s reach.
Pros: Amazon’s organizer has enough baskets and dividers to help you organize even the messiest of desk drawers. We like that you can dedicate certain spots for pens or scissors while still having enough space for miscellaneous items.
Cons: Great for smaller items, but if your organizational issues stop at larger files, this is not the item for you.