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Out with the old, in with the new! The summer is nearly over, which means it’s a perfect time to get organized as we welcome fall. From the chilly weather to cozy sweaters, there’s something special about the change of seasons and if you’ve been putting off getting organized, a bit of cleaning can brighten your space as well as your mental disposition, which is especially important during a pandemic.
The decluttering process can be easier said than done if you live with multiple people, children, or pets. But this doesn’t have to be a full overhaul. Starting small can reduce claustrophobia and increase motivation. It’s also a chance to take inventory and find things you didn’t know were lost. To get you started, we’ve rounded up a list of the best desk organizers for your home, cubicle, dorm room, and kitchen. There are also great media cabinets that will help you get your CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, or video games organized in no time. And for more items to get your office and home space in order, be sure to look into our recommendations for the best office chairs, and best standing desks.
When you want to get organized, The Container Store is the way to go. This Like it Large Desktop Station (which you can also get in a smaller size for $24.99) is great on its own, or you can stack it on top of the company’s Landscape Paper Drawer and Letter Tray. The organizer includes two large compartments accommodating letter-size paper and files, two medium compartments for envelopes and other office accessories, and small compartments in the front, (complete with repositionable dividers) to store things like pens, pencils, scissors, paper clips, Post-It flags, and pushpins.
Crafted from fine wood frames and fine veneers, this all-in-one organizer has enough slots, drawers, nooks, and cubbies to easily corral a desk full of clutter. The organizer features antique brass finish pulls and felt pads on the bottom protect surfaces. It’s available in larger and small sizes and in multiple colors, including grey, brown, and black.
If you’ve watched “Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo” on Netflix then you know how much she loves organization. But sometimes, getting started is the hardest part of getting organized. That’s why The Container Store created Starter Kits. Pulling together sustainable essentials made from bamboo, the Marie Kondo Shoji Office Storage Solution includes one Shoji Bamboo Desktop File, one Shoji Bamboo Magazine File, a Shoji Bamboo Collator, and a Shoji Bamboo 3-section Pen Organizer.
No matter which material your desk organizer is made from, it’s got to be durable. This desktop organizer, made from sturdy wood brushed with a double-coated black matte finish, has two small drawers and one large drawer for your desk supplies, a vertical letter tray at the top, and an open slot so that your important documents are within reach.
Raising your laptop or computer monitor can help avoid tension on your eyes and neck. It also features two drawers to keep everything in one place, a space to put your smartphone, stationery, or glasses, and a spot for a small coffee cup. If you’re looking for a larger desk riser, try out a two-tier option for $53.
For the minimalist, mesh organizers are a safe choice to organize all of your office items. This one from MD Hand will keep your pens, scissors, books, rulers, paper clips, and sticky notes right where you can see them. The 9″ x 6″ organizer has six storage compartments, and can double as a caddy for your remote control and other small gadgets.
Anyone who loves a rustic aesthetic will appreciate this organizer. It looks great on your desk or your countertop, and is perfectly designed to keep pens and other small office supplies together. The desk organizer features six different compartments, and two drawers for your writing materials, notebooks, folders, mail, and more.
This desktop file folder stationery organizer is made from strong metal mesh. It’s got large drawers and multiple compartments with ample room to store your vertical and horizontal files, as well as other important documents. Plus, it’s pretty stylish and you can get in a bunch of different colors.
The Henley Media Cabinet includes four fixed shelves, and 12 adjustable shelves, and a nine-inch deep base to keep it stable. The tall, slim design and weathered-oak look makes it a versatile furnishing for any room. If you have a lot of CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and video games, this is a good choice: It’s made to hold 464 CDs, 276 Blu-rays, 228 DVDs, and 276 PS3/PS4 games. If you have Wii games, it’ll hold 228 of them.
Horizontal or vertical, mounting your media organizer on the wall is a great way to free up some space. These 34″ storage organizers are made from alloy steel, and are perfect to store CDs and DVD. They come fully assembled, so all you have to do is mount them on the wall.
If you’re on an budget, this drawbridge media storage cabinet will set you back less than $40 (while it’s on sale). The cabinet holds up to 240 CDs, and more than 100 Blu-rays or DVDs.
This four-sided revolving media tower has a retro feel, which is great if you love the vibe of video rental stores. It stands 56″ x 16″ x 16″ and is designed to hold 612 CDs, 288 DVDs, or 312 Blu-rays. The tower also sits above a stable fiberglass swivel plate, making it easy to spin, and it’s available in several colors including oak and walnut.
Hammacher Schlemmer’s Mission-style media library is great for the film buff with a massive movie collection. It’s especially useful if you have a large family and want to keep everyone’s favorite films in physical form.You can hold over 1,000 CDs, along with hundreds of DVDs and Blu-rays. A sliding door means you can see all of the titles easily. Available in oak and walnut, the 61.5″ x 47.5″ cabinet has a depth of 10.5 inches, weighs 133 pounds, and includes durable veneers and tempered glass doors; brushed steel door pulls and a wide base to prevent it from tipping over. There’s also a cheaper (and slimmer) option from Hammacher Schlemmer that holds less, but won’t take up as much space.
SimpliHome Bedford Storage Media Cabinet
The Bedford Storage Media Cabinet from SimpliHome offers plenty of storage for your media collection. It’s made from pine and plywood and features a bronze finish, with tempered glass doors, making it a nice statement piece that will blend in with your office space, or any room in your home. The 32″ by 31″ cabinet measures 14 inches in depth, and includes adjustable shelves.