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    Jun 14, 2020

    24 Things For Anyone Whose Home Office Or Workspace Would Be Considered A Mess

    Organizers and cleaning products to help get the situation in order.

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    1. A monitor memo board with a spot to hold your phone so you never miss another important text or call.

    Clear plastic memo board attached to a computer monitor with a photo, three sticky notes and a lip with a cell phone on it

    Plus, there's a hole at the bottom so you can plug in your phone!

    Promising review: "I love my memo board! I was able to attach it to my computer monitor with no issues, and after weeks of use, it still remains securely attached. The materials are sturdy-feeling, no bending or warping of any kind. I've got all my important reminders on it, which has been super helpful and keeps me from missing any important deadlines. I've also been able to write on it with a dry erase marker, and then wipe it off with a tissue. Many of my coworkers have commented on how useful it seems and have said they would be purchasing their own." —razorsharp77

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in four styles).

    2. A rose gold desk organizer designed with six different sized compartments to keep all your small essentials (pens, paper clips, tape, etc.) neat so you don't have to spend five minutes looking for what you need.

    Desk organizer with pen and pencil holder, paper holder, small drawer, and three other compartments

    Promising review: "I love this organizer! It fits perfectly on any desk without taking up too much space. I love the color and the functionality of each compartment. I'm so happy with this purchase!" —Maria Ospina

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97.

    3. A double-sided electronics cleaning brush that'll get in every nook and cranny (even getting those crumbs that have been annoying you for months).


    The soft bristles help sweep away dust and crumbs. Plus, the bristles retract for optimal storage.

    Promising review: "I was quite surprised at the quality of this little cleaning tool. The brush is super soft and very useful for swishing dust and food debris (glad you can't see me blushing...) off the keyboard. And the pointed rubber end works great for spots on the screen as when one sneezes abruptly (and have food in one's mouth... more blushing). On top of this, the brush mechanism can be retracted so it doesn't fray or the filaments don't get bent. A lot of good for such a little thing!" —Trish Fitzpatrick

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A hanging cable loft cord organizer that has a silicone strip to keep it in place without ruining the surface it's on so you can keep your cords from being a jumbled mess and then pick it up and move, if needed.

    A metal organizer with five grooves and size cable wrap points
    The Container Store

    Promising review: "I have put this on the table where my computer sits. It has really helped clean up the wires that used to lay on the floor." —GeminiGem

    Get it from The Container Store for $11.99 (originally $14.99).

    5. A stick-on hidden drawer perfect for easily stashing your collection of pens instead of them just randomly lying around your desk or workspace.

    Closeup of a small rectangular drawer under a desk with assorted pens and an eraser inside

    Promising review: "The adhesive is VERY strong, adheres to my desk perfectly. I figured it could eventually weaken due to the pop-out action; however, that was not the case still as sturdy as the day I got it. I love it, and I recommend it to anyone who needs a small drawer to keep pens and small desk items in." —Niko

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in pink and blue).

    6. A message board that will not only add some art to your wall but give you a cool place to stash that roll of tape you can't seem to find.

    A wood board with colorful cords strung across with pictures, scissors, and other office supplies being held up
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59.

    7. A charging dock with three slots to organize all your electronics and keep them at 100% so your computer won't suddenly die in the middle of a very important presentation.

    A wood charging station with three different-sized slots to fit electronics, including a phone, iPad, and laptop

    Promising review: "I am not sure how people can hate this. It is so simple. It required no setup and the magnets that hold the bottom compartment on are strong. I literally did zero work for this product to help me out so much in my everyday life. It clears up my desk clutter and charges my electronics. Plus, it looks and feels quality for the price without paying a crazy amount for such a simple concept. I use an iPad Air, an iPhone 6s, and an iPhone 7. Because I work from home, my work and personal electronics have to mix but stay organized. This holds them all. I don't have problems with it not holding phones or anything like others have mentioned." —Rachel R

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in four styles).

    8. A wooden tablet stand great for anyone who needs to have an extra screen at eye level to make getting the work done a bit easier.

    A wooden tablet stand, which is rectangular in shape and has a slit down the middle to keep it upright and a four-inch support bar for extra security
    TheHeartDepartmentCo / Etsy

    Plus, when your tablet isn't in it, you can also use it to display a cardstock photo or even a book.

    TheHeartDepartmentCo is a Black woman-owned business based in Northern Kentucky since 2017. The wooded home, office, and event products are handcrafted.

    Get it from TheHeartDepartmentCo on Etsy for $14.50.

    9. Some cable clips so you can organize all the cords you have on your desk and not spend 10 minutes fishing out your computer charging cord that fell behind your desk...again.

    Small black circles with a slit down the center that stick to a surface to keep cords in place on a desk

    Promising review: "This is another fantastic product. I have a lot of electronics along with a lot of cords and cables. These do a great job of keeping things organized and available. No more crawling under the bed or behind the desk to recover the dropped cable!" —Ken Gunville

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $6.77.

    10. A mesh desk organizer with a sliding drawer, double tray, and five upright sections designed to fit SO much more than you think it can and still make your desk feel clean.

    A reviewer's organizer with an assortment of desk supplies inside

    Promising review: "I was just looking for something to reduce the pile of rubble on my desk to something less inclined to slide off it, but this has so much more room to it than you'd think. The sliding drawer holds a lot including colored markers in one drawer, and all the odd-sized stuff, such as cell phone repair tools, extra cases, batteries, etc, and I haven't even put anything in the third drawer yet. This took a large unruly pile and reduced it to a neat accessible bunch of stuff — amazing. I can't believe how much it holds. The pile before was huge, and this makes it all look like nothing." —P. Caldwell

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97 (available in black and silver).

    11. Leather cord keepers perfect to keep your phone charger from being tangled into a knot without any real explanation how.

    Two leather cord keepers with a button stud closure with spots of color on them
    rkitekt / Etsy

    Rkitekt is a Black woman-owned business based out of Atlanta, Georgia since 2009. The products are made of leather and hand-painted.

    Get a set of two from rkitekt on Etsy for $16.

    12. A bamboo two-tier monitor stand that not only brings your computer to a better height (to help you avoid neck and eye strain) but also has convenient storage space for the random things you have collected on your desk.

    The bamboo monitor stand on a desk with the lower shelf, five compartments, and a groove for a cellphone and pen filled with office supplies

    Plus, the side compartments are adjustable, meaning you can make it work for whatever supplies you have.

    Promising review: "This shelf is super sturdy, great looking, and exactly what I needed for my 28-inch monitor. The custom storage cubbies are excellent for keeping my frequently used items close at hand. Couldn't be any happier with this product!" —Itsmelt

    Get it from Amazon for $48.99.

    13. Or an adjustable wood shelf to put next to your computer and keep any books or materials you need close by at the ready.

    The shelf in black with books organized in two shelves on the right and small plants, a clock, and other trinkets in shelves on the left

    Promising review: "I’m very happy with this purchase. It looks very 'finished' and good quality. It took me 20 minutes to assemble it, and the directions were very easy to follow." —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in four styles).

    14. Gel universal dust cleaner that's made out of biodegradable material that will pick up all the dust and crumbs that have accumulated in the crevices of your keyboard.

    Yellow cleaning gel that looks similar to slime on a keyboard with a model's hand on it

    The gel is reusable until it turns dark and then should be replaced. It can also be used to clean a car vent or other surfaces where dusk gets stuck.

    Promising Review: "I was skeptical at first. I was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! It's actually the opposite. It cleaned it as good as new. I got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on the keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with. You can squeeze it between your fingers! My next task for it will be those dust return air vents on our heating system and use it on my dusty window blinds. This stuff works, and I highly recommend it!" —Billy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    15. A magnetic weekly calendar dry erase board designed with a corkboard across the bottom so you can not only remember when you have that important meeting but also pin up any notes or ideas that cross you mind so you can voice them.

    The dry erase board on the wall with a couple of pictures and messages written on it
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This is cute, simple, and exactly as advertised. It's nice to have to keep organized working at home during quarantine!!"—ellaaaaaaarose

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.

    16. A cell phone stand to help keep your phone at the ready for that very important call you're expecting.

    Cell phone stand in black with a phone in it on a desk

    You can use this with an iPhone or an Android. Plus, it has a cutout in the back so you can tread a charging cable through it.

    Promising review: "I’ve had this on my wishlist and finally decided to purchase. I’m so glad I finally did. I was most surprised by the fact it is made of metal and not plastic. It is sturdy and keeps my phone within easy reach on my desk at work. I love the cord cutout that allows you to charge with the phone in an upright position. With my old stand, I would have to charge with the phone on its side. If you listen to music while you work, this is a functional and attractive addition." —Jenn.K

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five colors).

    17. A rotating desktop organizer you'll have ~a-round~ for a long time because it makes it incredibly easy to get to whatever you need with a spin.

    Clear acrylic pencil cup with a variety of different sized compartments all around it
    The Container Store

    Get it from The Container Store for $31.99 (originally $39.99).

    18. A wall binder you can put all your important documents in and then grab them when you need them, instead of searching through that pile that's been sitting on your desk for wayyy too long.

    Binder hanging on the all with six pockets in rainbow colors

    Promising review: "This is a great product. It allowed me to declutter my massive paperwork at home. I also allocated two slots for my kids to insert their forms that require my signature, in turn helping me to teach them how to clean their place tidy and how to properly manage/file documents."—Xinsen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50 (available in two styles).

    19. A countertop trash can to keep your space looking clean and tidy when you just don't have the time or the energy to put your garbage in the actual garbage can.

    Small silver trash can with center-weighted swing lid

    Promising review: "This is the perfect size for what I needed. I wanted something small to go on my desk to catch all the post-it notes and things that I go through quickly. I've had it for three months now and no problems so far." —Malori

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    20. A mini tabletop vacuum you'll ~udderly~ love because it's small, cheap, and yet still strong enough to pick up all the crumbs and paper scraps in your work space.

    Small vacuum shaped like a cow in a seated position with its nose on the ground

    Promising review: "This is a cute cute little vacuum. I got this to pick up crumbs, dirt, dust bunnies, etc., on my desk. It's cute and has good suction." —Karen

    Get it from Amazon for $11.13.

    21. A compartment tray to turn your junk drawer into anything *but* a junk drawer so you can open it and grab a pen in seconds while you tell the person on the other line to hang on.

    Reviewer photo of a drawer insert with seven differently-sized compartments with assorted office supplies in them

    Promising review: "My junk drawer is now nicely organized because of this! This is perfect for my kitchen drawers and all the miscellaneous stuff that accumulates like tape, pencils, extension cords, flashlights, matches, tiny screwdrivers, etc. that clutter them up." —Anneke Van Den Broek

    Get it from Amazon for $8.21.

    22. An accordion file folder perfect for students (or anyone TBH) who have a lot of papers. You'll give this product an A+.

    The accordion file folder in purple being pulled out of a shelf with an assortment of other in different colors in it

    Promising review: "I bought this to begin organizing my papers towards the end of the academic year, and it has worked perfectly! It doesn't let papers slide around or fly out like a usual folder does. I am also bringing this to Europe with me to organize important traveling documents." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 10 colors).

    23. A five-compartment tray designed to fit perfectly under your desk and take advantage of that wasted space, thus making the desktop seem cleaner and bigger.

    Metal mesh five-tray organizer in black with paper in three of the trays

    Promising review: "I work from home on my kitchen counter, and I'm always on the lookout for supplies to keep my home organized and work hidden, or at least as hidden as possible. This little gadget fits the bill and keeps me organized and limits the amount of space that my work is spread across the kitchen counter — at least while I'm not working." —Alan

    Get it from Amazon for $35.55 (available in four styles).

    24. A printer stand you can put under your desk and have more room on your desk for activities (i.e. your work).

    A two-tier shelf with a printer on the top shelf and a stack of paper on the bottom shelf under a desk

    Plus, it has anti-skid pads so it will stay in place and can hold up to 44 pounds.

    Promising review: "We were looking for a stand for our printer as our computer desk is rather small. This fits our printer and allows for extra storage room underneath. It was easy to assemble and is very sturdy. The anti-skid feet keep it in place, but it can still be moved around with a little effort." —Jjoslin

    Get it from Amazon for $37.98.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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