DIY Desk Organizers cut through office clutter whether you work from home or in a shared space. Here are some great junk-sorting solutions, DIY desk organization inspiration, and tips for maintaining a tidy work/study space.
It’s a proven fact: a clean workspace improves focus! Since desks aren’t made one size fits all, it can suck up valuable time and resources to search for the perfect desk organizer.
Luckily, it’s easier than ever to create your own with items you likely already have around the house.
Now, get inspired with these DIY Desk Organizers that are practical, pretty, and easy enough for any level of experience. Click any link to go to the full tutorial. Let’s get organized!
Quick Organizing Tips
Don’t know where to get started? Here’s 7-Steps to successful desk organization:
- Purge office/craft supplies.
- Sort by category and group similar items together.
- Label everything.
- Prioritize top drawers because they are the most used.
- Save your desktop space for essentials; position the items you use most often near your dominant hand.
- Limit distractions like personal photos (but do personalize your space!)
- Set up a regularly scheduled “appointment” to clean up your work space.
DIY Wooden Drawer Dividers
Is it time to put the office on a “diet?” Follow the tutorial by In My Own Style to create these wood desk drawer dividers using simple woodworking skills. This design is great for your office space or to organize bathroom cosmetics.
Tiered Serving Tray Stand
Is there anything tiered serving tray stands can’t do? Tiered serving trays store a bevy of craft stores a bevy of craft or office supplies within arm’s reach.
Craft Paper Desk Organizer
A new office space meant it was time for a desk overhaul. This scrapbook paper drawer organizer box by Ideas for the Home is made from common office supplies! The versatile modular shape makes it an ideal solution for most desk drawers.
Custom Pegboard Organizer
Pegboard tutorials like my own above check all of the office organization boxes: functional, pragmatic, and stylish. Pegboards are simple to make, inexpensive, and completely customizable for your needs thanks to the plethora of accessory options readily available.
Flexible Drawer Dividers
While browsing her local Williams Sonoma store, The House of Wood took note of the streamlined cooking utensil display. The result? These brilliantly flexible drawer dividers.
DIY Laptop Stand and Organizer
Save yourself from “tech-neck.” This wooden laptop stand by The Handyman’s Daughter brings screens up to eye level for a more comfortable viewing position. The handy shelf holds notebooks or folders, and built-in dividers keep writing utensils organized.
Dress Up Plain Acrylic Organizers
This open filing system by Just Destiny Home is helpful for keeping deadlines insight. Dress up an acrylic organizer using cardstock and vinyl labels with this stylish and simple how-to.
DIY Adjustable Shelves
This office shelf organizer and DIY message board by Handmade Haven is made from a single 8-ft board! It’s easy to get your desk back in order with her step-by-step tutorial.
Cup Caddy with Outlets
I love this cup caddy for my craft supplies. It keeps all the essential tools within reach. The wall outlets in my office are hidden by cabinets, so this provides a sensible solution and create storage without breaking into a wall.
Patterned Paper Drawer Organization
Armed with a single book of patterned scrapbook paper and a whole lot of determination, The Crafting Nook set out on a mission to reclaim her “junk” drawers. Her helpful how-to includes hints for purposeful decluttering and before & after photos. Patterned paper dividers cost less than $5 and a rainbow of options!
DIY Deep Drawer Dividers
This tutorial by The Homes I Have Made is the culmination of a decade of spent perfecting the project. Follow her step-by-step process to compartmentalize any drawer into a wonder in under 10 minutes.
Brass Painted Pencil Tray
This office makeover project by Houseful of Handmade had $100 budget. She crafted this brass painted pencil tray from heavy cardstock and scrap wood for a fabulous (and fiscally responsible) finish. The minimalist design matches the rest of the decor and keeps her supplies handy while she’s working on projects.
Paint An Ikea Cubby Organizer
Sometimes the simplest things make a really smart impact. Organize small office or craft supplies with this inspired IKEA idea from Our Crafty Mom. My favorite part? The old drawer knobs she added as feet for the IKEA Moppe Mini Chest Of Drawers.
PVC Pipe Organizer
Make your own version of this adorable art supply organizer by Crate and Kids. It’s simple to DIY with common hardware store supplies like PVC pipe, glue, and spray paint.
DIY Wall Cubby Organizer
How about a completely custom shelving unit? Use our craft supply organizer plan to build a display for your baubles & bits including inks, paints, stamps, and more.
Wood Panel Pegboard
Is your work life creeping into other areas of your home? The creators of PARKing It craved some work/home life balance. They created a versatile 3-panel wood pegboard as a result. This is a relatively easy project if you have any woodworking experience. Tip: use a standard pegboard as a stencil for drilling the holes. Brilliant!
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