The most important part of choosing a desktop organizer is knowing exactly what you'll be organizing. To get started with this, you should conduct an initial survey of your working space and sort items into three piles according to the frequency of use:
- Daily use
- Weekly use
- Monthly use
Things that are used on a weekly and monthly basis, should be stored externally in a filing cabinet or other appropriate form of storage.
Once you have your list of daily items, start searching for desk organizers that suit your needs. Below are the main types of desk organization systems:
- File Organizers: go for this type, if you have a lot of papers that need organization. This category includes organizers with multiple shelves or vertical file sorters. Depending on your preference, choose the type that suits you best. An interesting solution is vertical compartment organizers. They come in attractive designs and are great for storing stationery, documents, forms, etc.
- Monitor Stand: an often-overlooked source of extra desk real estate is the space our monitors take up. Most modern office spaces come equipped with 20-25" monitors, which can actually deny the use of a significant portion of your desk. In most cases, the surface area underneath a monitor goes completely unused since there's no practical way to do so.
By having a desktop organizer that doubles as a monitor stand, you can put this space to use and create even more space on your desk than you had before.
Charging Stations: If you're a dedicated cell phone, tablet, or laptop user, then having a built-in charging station is a useful feature in your desktop organization. Charging stations preserve working space and save you the inconvenience of needing to bring a charger for each device with you to work.
Magazine Holders: if you work in fashion or design or have space in your office dedicated to entertaining clients while they wait for meetings, magazine holders are an essential pick up for you. Magazine holders are a stylish way to keep your catalogs, brochures, letters or loose papers organized.