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    20 Products Under $20 That'll Help Make Your Workspace So Much Nicer

    Imagine having a workspace that doesn't look like a cry for help.

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    1. A monitor stand and organizer with a special slot for your phone to free up some surface area on your desk.


    Promising review: "I am a writer and do all of my writing on a laptop, as I do not have a desktop. After getting my Corsair keyboard, I decided I needed to raise the laptop up. My laptop is a decent size and it fits with no issue. Now I'm no longer straining my neck when I write and it clears up the desk a little." β€”Evan Bond

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four sizes).

    2. Or, if it's just a home for your phone you're after, an excellent adjustable stand with a convenient charging port will certainly get the job done.


    Promising review: "I wanted something to hold my phone steady at an upright reading angle. After a good bit of research, I ordered this Omoton and have been happy with it under constant use for two weeks. Right after setting up the stand (the hinge is nice and tight, a big concern of mine), I broke my dominant arm, requiring surgery. This stand holds my phone safely when turning on and off, dialing, texting, using a stylus or not, and all the other smartphone apps I use. The metal is thick, very well finished on every edge, and is a subtle rose gold, not a startling pink at all. The arms are long enough, deep enough, and the tips are tall enough to hold my Galaxy 7 with a case or my Kindle Fire with a case. It performed so well, I ordered another one two days later at my husband's request for his use. We have our stands set at very different viewing angles, but neither stand has skipped, slid, scooted, or tipped in normal use. This stand will be my go-to gift now." β€”Cindy

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in black, silver, and rose gold).

    3. A stackable zigzag trivet that can be used as a soap dish, plant stand, or a coaster for your drippy coffee.

    Fredericks and Mae

    Get it from Fredericks and Mae for $20 (available in taupe and black).

    4. A MoMA-approved collection of acrylic storage boxes that reviewers have used to store everything from office supplies (our recommendation) to makeup to cookies to baby tarantulas (not our recommendation).

    The Container Store

    Promising review: "These boxes are great for storage. They are well made, sturdy, and easy to see what you have in them. They come in a variety of sizes for a multitude of uses! I have mine in my bathroom, but they could easily be used in the kitchen, laundry room, office, etc." β€”MumMum

    Get them from The Container Store for $1.59+ (available in six sizes and in clear, pink/red, and orange.

    5. An acrylic pen holder so you can finally close the investigation into where all your desk pens have disappeared.


    I have one of these futuristic organizers on my desk at work and frequently get asked where it came from. The slots can fit really any sort of slim writing utensils, but my personal recommendation is using it for Sharpies for a perfectly snug fit.

    Promising review: "It looks amazing in my office and I've already ordered one for my home office too! It's sophisticated, modern, and fit all of my different kinds of pens beautifully. It's safe to say I am pleased with my purchase :)." β€”Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. A mini humidifier/diffuser to freshen up your dry office (and potentially your dry job, too).


    Promising review: "I got this little guy because my office has no windows and it's a miserable dark hole. I was genuinely getting nosebleeds from the overly dry stale air. This diffuser has truly helped me feel less like I'm dying throughout the day. The air feels fresher and healthier. I combine it with eucalyptus oil, which eliminates odors and helps me feel refreshed. Perfect size for a small office." β€”Lucy H.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in light and dark brown).

    7. A geometric tape dispenser that you'll stick with for the long haul.


    Promising review: "This dispenser is gorgeous! I use it for my gold washi tape. I love the simple design and it fits in with all my other copper and rose gold accessories. Would make a great gift." β€”calicofatcat

    Get it from Amazon for $6.79.

    8. A tapestry jotter β€” that's a magnetic, multi-level pad β€” that'll provide you with some art and order in whatever environment it is you get your work done.

    Of a Kind

    Get it from Of a Kind for $16 (available in green and orange).

    9. A dry-erase calendar message board so you can have a visual reminder of how close you are to vacation.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I bought this to help me stay organized with basic events and it's been exceptionally helpful." β€”VeronicaVaughn

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

    10. Or, if you don't exactly have a wall to mount a board on: This mini calendar filled with eye-pleasing modern art is a worthy replacement.


    Get it from Poketo for $12.

    11. A steel headphone rack so you'll always know where your precious cans are.


    Get it from Amazon for $18 (available in white, black, and red).

    12. A pair of bookends that β€” you've gotta hand it to β€” make an incredibly intriguing organizing system.


    Get it from Amazon for $13.28.

    13. A set of novelty cloud magnets, because the forecast for your new desk is: cloudy with a chance of wowing your coworkers.


    Promising review: "I work for a company that does weather forecasting. I have these magnets in my work space, and get a lot of compliments on them. They are super cute, the perfect size, and ample magnetic strength to hold stuff up. Good quality. I'd buy them again." β€”Jen

    Get a nine-pack from Amazon for $17.99.

    14. A set of eyeball-adorned office supplies, because if you have no one to hold you accountable at work, you can rest assured that these guys are watching your every move.


    Get them from the pencil cup for $12, the stapler for $16, and the tape dispenser for $16

    15. A retro bubbler toy you can use to stay stimulated during lulls throughout the day β€” or as a paperweight, timer, or doorstop.


    Promising review: "I purchased a similar product 20 years ago and was never able to find another one. I was very happy to see this β€” the clients in my office enjoy playing with it too." β€”LSL, LCSW

    Get it from Amazon for $9.52.

    16. A set of geometric paperclips that'll make you dread standing in line to use the printer a whole lot less.

    Of a Kind

    Get it from Of a Kind for $20 (for a set of 30).

    17. A pack of animal-shaped paper clips to bring some excitement into your filing.


    Get it from Amazon for $6+ (for 12 pieces; available in seven versions).

    18. A wooden business card holder, because why not flex a little and bring your in-charge-ness center stage.


    Promising review: "This is really a well-made item with a good finish and smooth lines. It is a great natural/contemporary holder. I've already received several compliments on it and I've only had it a short time. Very nice quality and professional holder." β€”J. Johnston

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88.

    19. An art supply holder that'll make all your utensils look nice and tidy as they stand upright in their respective homes.,

    Promising review: "I have too many pens, markers, and pencils. I bought two of these to see if I needed a better organizational system for them. These holders told me that I do, and I am so glad I made this purchase. It does not take up much room on a desk and is extremely easy to assemble." β€”Star Child

    Get it from Amazon for $6.96.

    20. And a kitty screen attachment to provide a hook (read: tail) to rest any loose keys or objects on.


    Promising review: "Sturdy hook that easily attaches to the computer monitor. I've had two fairly heavy key sets on there for over a month now and it is still holding." β€”Janet K

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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