The Best Desk Organizers for Your Workspace

See our favorite storage solutions, from desk risers to customizable wall calendars and bookshelves, and get fresh ideas for arranging your workspace.

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December 15, 2022

I'm a firm believer that a neat desk can make the difference between an unproductive workday and a successful one. Instead of wasting time searching for that pen you swear you just had or looking for a sticky note with the details of an upcoming appointment, you can find things easily and complete the task at hand. (And return to a stress-relieving, clutter-free workstation in the morning.)

So, to help you start the new year off on the right foot, I've rounded up the best desk organizers for every need and budget. Check them out below and cross one more thing off your to-do list.


Working with multiple monitors? This adjustable organizer features a spot to hold your tablet and cellphone, plus cable management to keep everything nice and tidy. There's even enough space to store your laptop, books, pens and more underneath.


Whether you're working alone or have two kids sharing the same desk, you'll get great use out of this expandable organizer. Five large central compartments can be used to file papers or hold books and supplies, but the best part is that the unit itself can pivot and convert into a divider.


Clean up your desktop and show off your favorite books and photos with this adjustable wood bookshelf. We love that it comes with two separate parts that can be arranged close together to create a small shelf or arranged further apart to create a longer shelf — choose the best configuration for your space and style.

West Elm

Move your mainstays — like your phone and planner — out of the way while you work with this innovative desk riser. The base is crafted from sturdy aluminum, so it's suitable for laptops and large monitors alike, and it features an integrated shelf for extra storage. It's one of our favorite no-fuss options.


Attention, crafters: This one is for you! With 14 compartments and a detachable drawer, this desk organizer offers the neatest storage for keeping pens, pencils and markers organized. Plus, the tilted open slots provide quick and easy access.

Pottery Barn

Arrange your office supplies exactly to your liking and add an enviable, artisanal touch to your desk with this glazed-stoneware organizer. The expertly crafted five-piece set features four storage cups that you can move around, plus a tray to serve as their "home base" at the end of the day.

$39.99 (Set of 3)

As author William Golding once said, "The greatest ideas are often the simplest." Significantly cut down on clutter by snagging a set of these multipurpose concrete pencil holders. You can store pens on the pink side, pencils on the red and display a few design books or reference texts between them.


You'll feel like the CEO of Getting Things Done with this pretty acrylic organizer in your arsenal. Multiple slots put all the essentials — envelopes, folders and writing utensils — in one place and make it easy to stay organized, focused and productive throughout the day.


Prop up your computer, planner and more in a sleek, editorial-style fashion with this desktop file sorter. The gold surface is electroplated to make it decorative and anticorrosive, so it'll last for years to come, with nine slots for all of your items.

Crate & Barrel

Here's an easy and eye-catching way to maximize your workspace: Mount your calendar and desk accessories to the wall in the form of this acrylic catch-all. You'll love how the weekly overview helps you keep track of upcoming appointments and deadlines, while the blocks below (sold separately) can be customized for pens, scissors, etc.

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