25 Desk Storage Ideas We Love

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Jerry & Maggie desk storage Organizer
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From under the desk to corralling your desktop essentials, discover our picks for the best desk storage.

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woman on the phone working in an office
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Whether you're new to working from home, or you're looking to update your workspace, you may find yourself searching for new desk storage supplies. Shopping for updated solutions to stash your things or items that will help personalize your space can feel overwhelming. That's why we're sharing some of our favorite desk storage solutions for your workspace, whether at home or in the office. From decorative desktop finds, like stylish trays and pen holders, to under the desk storage carts and baskets, our selects are sure to inspire.

One of the easiest, neatest ways to organize is by looking down. Instead of focusing on your desktop, stash everything from loose papers to an extra pair of shoes in one of the under the desk storage ideas we're sharing ahead. But if your drawers and desktop are top of mind, adding shelves, drawer organizers, and even desktop caddies can all help make your workspace cleaner and more organized, which will allow you to focus on the task at hand. And you don't have to sacrifice style for function. A number of the items we've selected pull double duty and allow you to get control over mess while still loving the look of your space.

Fortunately, with the availably of online shopping (and curbside pickup) you can get almost everything on our list delivered to your home or in-store. And that's good news for anyone who's desk is in desperate need of a makeover. You're sure to find one (or several) storage ideas that will help organize your desk without giving up your personal aesthetic. It might even help make your workspace somewhere you actually enjoy spending time.

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Desktop Shelf Organizer

Jerry & Maggie desk storage Organizer
Courtesy of Amazon

This adjustable shelving set sits atop your desk to help keep clutter at bay (and help display your decorations). Use it to personalize your workspace or get some much-needed organization.

Shop Now:Jerry & Maggie Organizer in White, $24.99, amazon.com.

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Sorting Tray

Verishop Skagerak Dania Letter Tray
Courtesy of Verishop

Keep your mail from piling up with this three-tiered letter sorting tray. The trays are adjustable and removable so that you can easily take your workspace with you.

Shop Now: Skagerak "Dania" Letter Tray, $151.20, verishop.com.

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Drawer Organizers

Staples Office by Martha Stewart Modular Tray
Courtesy of Staples

This neutral wood and blue tinted drawer organizer will keep your office supplies sorted and separated in style.

Shop Now: Martha Stewart Office Modular Tray, $27.99, staples.com.

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Colorful Tray

Eva Sonaike Aluro Tea Tray
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This vibrant green and white tea tray will pull double duty in your workspace: Not only does it look good, but it will also help keep small papers and supplies contained.

Shop Now:Eva Sonaike "Aluro" Tea Tray, $24, evasonaike.com.

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Magnetic Blocks

Andrew Ingalls

Craft these colorful magnetic blocks to organize paper clips and safety pins of all sizes. Simply secure a strong magnet to the underside of a wooden container's lid and decorate the exterior with your favorite Martha Stewart Crafts paint color.

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Pen Holder

Hay Iris Pen Holder
Courtesy of Hay

Keep your pens and pencils at arms reach with this soft gray and porcelain cup. You'll admire the unfished feel every time you reach for a pen.

Shop Now:Hay "Iris" Pen Holder, $34, hay.com.

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Petite Organizer

Yamazaki 4-tier desk organizer
Courtesy of The Yamakazi Home

This organizer has a smaller footprint which allows you to keep more of your desktop available while working. These four cubbies are perfect for storing small supplies or sorting incoming mail.

Shop Now:Yamazaki Four-Tier Desk Organizer, $13.20, theyamazakihome.com.

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Braided Basket

Crate and Barrel Lupe Grey Braided Basket
Courtesy of Crate and Barrel

Take your office supplies off your workspace altogether with this large braided basket that'll fit nicely under your desk. Keep your papers or larger supplies on the floor and take back your area!

Shop Now:Crate and Barrel "Lupe" Grey Braided Basket, $49.95, crateandbarrel.com.

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Wire Basket

Target Threshold Wire Basket
Courtesy of Target

Use a wire basket to keep items out of your eye line that you still need nearby. You can easily see how much paper you have left when you keep it piled high inside a transparent basket.

Shop Now: Threshold Wire Basket, $16.99, target.com.

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Stackable Storage Boxes

The Container Store Curver Sage Beton Storage Boxes
Courtesy of The Container Store

With these storage boxes you can customize your storage needs while creating a uniform appearance. These will work for keeping small supplies sorted and larger items contained.

Shop Now: Curver Sage Beton Storage Boxes, from $11.99, containerstore.com.

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Peg Board

hardware on a peg board
Lennart Weibull

Keep supplies in reach while maximizing vertical space—ideal for small areas in need of storage options. Here, we used a color-blocked pegboard, magnetic sheet metal, and chalkboard that you can outfit with standard-issue hooks, magnets, and shelves.

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Upgraded File Folders

Rifle Paper Co Assorted File Folders
Courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.

Plain Jane Manilla file folders are a thing of the past with these assorted patterns by Rifle Paper Co. You can keep your important paperwork sorted and styled with these file folders.

Shop Now:Rifle Paper Co. Assorted File Folders in Lively Floral, $14, riflepaperco.com.

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Sorted Caddy

Pottery Barn Teen Skyline Divided Desktop Organizer
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This desktop sorting caddy comes with a mirrored bottom, clear sides, and gold trim so that you can see everything inside.

Shop Now:Pottery Barn Teen "Skyline" Divided Desktop Organizer, $49, pbteen.com.

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Rolling Storage

Michael's Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Recollections
Courtesy of Michaels

Bring the supplies wherever you set up your workspace with this three-tier rolling cart. Choose from one of the 17 colors available to complement the rest of your office décor.

Shop Now:Recollections "Lexington" 3-Tier Rolling Cart in Mint, $29.99, michaels.com.

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Decoupage Magazine File Holders


This craft is super easy to make and looks great on your desk or a filing cabinet. Trust us, you'll want to elevate your area with a little DIY decoupage magic.

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Stackable Bins

Anthropologie Galvanized Metal Bin
Courtesy of Anthropologie

This set of three galvanized metal bins will add a rustic feel to your workspace while keeping your supplies organized. Keep them together or separate them into three individual pieces depending on what works best for you.

Shop Now:Anthropologie Galvanized Metal Bins, $118, anthropologie.com.

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Mobile Storage

Williams Sonoma Nantucket Woven Seagrass Bin
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

A rolling basket makes it easy to store larger office items away and easily bring them out when you need them.

Shop Now:Williams Sonoma "Nantucket" Woven Seagrass Bin, $99.95, williams-sonoma.com.

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Small Organizer

Poppin Dark Gray Small Desk Organizer
Courtesy of Poppin

Scissors, pens, and miscellaneous supplies can all be sorted and stored for easy access in this three-tiered storage bin that'll sit pretty atop your desk.

Shop Now:Poppin Dark Gray Small Desk Organizer, $15.00, poppin.com.

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Elevated Desk Stand

The Artic Fox Large Desk Stand
Courtesy of the Artifox

Go vertical with your supplies using this desktop stand. It's big enough to hold your computer monitor and sleek enough to use as a shelf for decorations.

Shop Now: Artifox Large Desk Stand, $150.00, theartifox.com.

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Desktop Riser

Macy's Martha Stewart Corner Riser
Courtesy of Macy's

Give yourself the gift of more workspace with this elevated shelf. The small piece will help raise your lightweight desktop items (and give you a little more storage underneath).

Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Corner Riser, $9.93, macys.com.

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Adhesive Drawers

Amazon TuTuShop Self Adhesive Drawer
Courtesy of Amazon

If your workspace lacks drawers you can create your own with this adhesive drawer set by TuTuShop. Just remember it's better suited to lighter items (check out one of the other storage solutions on this list if you're looking to store heavier office supplies).

Shop Now: TuTuShop Self Adhesive Drawer, $11.99, amazon.com.

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Create Your Own Bookshelf

Seth Smoot

Short, low-rise bookcases look great pushed next to your desk. Thirty-inch square bookcases are the ideal height for a desk and are the same width as a standard-size door. To give it a finished, cohesive look, we love the idea of lining the back of the shelves with marbled paper. Then simply secure it with double-sided tape.

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Mobile Filing Cabinet

West Elm Parson Rolling File Cabinet
Courtesy of West Elm

Take your documents wherever you need them with this rolling filing cabinet. The four wheels allow you to move the cabinet around your office while keeping all of your paperwork together.

Shop Now:West Elm "Parsons" Rolling File Cabinet, $159.20, westelm.com.

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Add a Drawer

Staples Martha Stewart Stack+Fit Wood Storage Drawers
Courtesy of Staples

Add a little more storage space to your desktop with this tabletop drawer. The wood design is sturdy enough to store heavier office items, while ongoing or outgoing mail can sit on top.

Shop Now: Martha Stewart "Stack+Fit" Wood Storage Drawers, $20.89, staples.com.

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Utilize a Tray

Jungalow Peach Tray
Courtesy of Jungalow

While a tray might make you think of the kitchen or food, it can actually be a great way to keep loose items on your desk.

Shop Now: Jungalow "Large Golden Leaf Catchall" Tray, $99, jungalow.com.

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