Order, structure, zones. 3 steps to organize your desk
When creating a workspace, we first look for a spacious, comfortable desk and an ergonomic chair. Meanwhile, organizing a desk is just as important - although we often forget about it! When we don't have a specific idea and put random items (such as souvenirs, cables, useless documents) on the desk, it becomes impossible to make the most of your perfect, expensive setup.
Organizing a desk can be compared to interior design. A wardrobe placed too close to the door or inadequately distributed lighting make our everyday comfort lower. Similarly, our work can be affected by a poorly placed monitor or the lack of support for the wrists when typing on the keyboard.
When arranging equipment and accessories on your desk, it is good to remember the three keywords: order, structure, and zones. Read the text below and discover how to increase your motivation, efficiency, and comfort during work.
We will never stop emphasizing the importance of order in one's workplace. The condition of our desk often reflects our working day: the scattered sticky notes remind us of the morning brainstorming and the half-drunk coffee - of a demanding project that completely consumed us. However, we should remember to clean up our desks on the daily basis. If we don't care about the order in our office, our work environment becomes chaotic, and hence - distracts and demotivates us.
So how do you keep your desk tidy?
Get rid of unused items on an ongoing basis - throw away used sticky notes and broken pens, shred old documents, hide unnecessary accessories in the drawer.
Keep it minimal - leave only the necessary items and a few nice decorations on the desk.
Organize your cables (or get rid of them) - label unused cables and put them in a drawer. If possible, use wireless chargers or multifunctional charging stations.
A desk does not have to be limited to a flat top. Make the most of your workspace - especially if it's limited. You can equip your office with additional hanging shelves, buy a side bookcase or a small cabinet. If you're using a monitor, be sure to try an extendable arm - which you can easily shift as needed.
A simple way to structure your desk is to use a desk shelf, laptop stand or monitor stand. By placing your computer on any of these stands, you will add an extra organizational level.
Under the monitor or laptop stand, you can place small handy items: headphones, an additional mouse pad, a notebook, pens or cables.
Each item on your desk should have a dedicated place. If we want the effect of an organized, well-thought setup, we should not buy or arrange accessories by accident. Before starting to organize the desk, it is worth listing the most important functions that our workspace should fulfill, dividing it into zones, and only then buying additional organizers, trays, containers, or mats.
You can divide your desk into zones using two different approaches:
1. The most important - important - less important
Place the most necessary items within your reach. Less important accessories can be placed under the desk shelf and those you use occasionally - outside your desk, on additional hanging shelves.
2. Entertainment - work - organization
If you like to listen to music while working, try to find a suitable place for your headphones: a wooden headphone stand or a 2-in-1 stand with a wireless charger.
If you use wireless headphones, get a wireless charger or a small tray. The keyboard and mouse should be placed on a large, comfortable pad, and the monitor and laptop - on a stand that ensures an ergonomic position on the eye level.
Pens, paper clips and sticky notes can also have a fixed, carefully planned place. Small items facilitating the organization of daily work can be stored in a convenient wooden organizer - for example, the one made of magnetic OakyBlocks elements.
Thanks to the system of built-in magnets, OakyBlocks organizers can be combined in any configuration tailored to your needs. The minimalist modules made of walnut or oak wood match our other accessories and allow you to create the perfect complete work set from Oakywood.