The Best Desktop Organizers

The Best Desktop Organizers

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Our pick

Innovative Storage Designs Desktop Organizer

Innovative Storage Designs Desktop Organizer

Best for most people

You can easily see what’s inside this sturdy, clear organizer. It has several easy-to-reach compartments for smaller items, in addition to two slots for your most important papers, and it won’t take up too much space on a desk.

Buying Options

$21 from Office Depot
$36 from Amazon

The Innovative Storage Designs organizer has enough room to fit about 250 sheets of standard 8.5-by-11 paper, and unlike the competition, its file storage area is open on both ends, so its slots can fit oversize documents or file folders if needed. This organizer also has a better combination of compartment sizes than others we tested in its price range, including several small, shallow spaces for items like paper clips or mini binder clips—other organizers have bigger, open compartments in which small office items can become jumbled together and harder to find. And this organizer’s material feels sturdier than that of the other plastic models we tested.

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Runner-up

Like-it Large Desktop Station

Like-it Large Desktop Station

Customizable for your needs

Thanks to movable dividers, you can create smaller or larger compartments as needed. But it feels cheaper than our main pick, and it’s not as sturdy.

Buying Options

Buy from The Container Store

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.

Like the Innovative Storage Designs, the Like-it Large Desktop Station is a clear, multi-compartment organizer. But this one is customizable, with movable dividers that let you create smaller vertical sections for items like pens or markers, and it has shallow, removable compartments for things like paper clips and rubber bands. But we found this organizer to be less sturdy because of its more-flexible, cheaper-feeling plastic.

Upgrade pick

MobileVision Desktop Paper Tray File Folder Holder & Bamboo Drawer Set

MobileVision Desktop Paper Tray File Folder Holder & Bamboo Drawer Set

If you’d rather hide your clutter

This bamboo organizer has multiple file slots that, together, fit a whole ream of paper, and a drawer for larger items like earbuds or notepads.

Buying Options

$56 from Amazon
MobileVision Caddy Add-On

MobileVision Caddy Add-On

A pen cup for more storage

Additional storage for slim, tall items like scissors, pens, or pencils that you want to keep upright and within reach.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $14.

We think the versatile combination of MobileVision’s Desktop Paper Tray File Folder Holder & Bamboo Drawer Set and Caddy Add-On is a great option if you prefer to hide your clutter and you’re willing to spend a little more for sturdy bamboo instead of plastic. It has five-slot file holder that fits over 500 sheets of paper—twice as much as our main pick—and a smaller front slot for mail or important items that you want to keep visible. A large drawer holds bigger items like large binder clips, notepads, business cards, and earbuds, but smaller items like paper clips won’t have a designated space. We found this one to be sturdier than other modular organizers we tested, and its pieces won’t rattle or slide around on a desk, even when stacked.

Also great

MobileVision Bamboo Multi-Function Desktop Organizer

MobileVision Bamboo Multi-Function Desktop Organizer

Less storage but a smaller footprint

If you don’t need as much storage for papers or files, this organizer’s sturdy bamboo will look good with most decors. It’s small but it still has plenty of space for essential office supplies.

Buying Options

$30* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $33.

The MobileVision Bamboo Multi-Function Desktop Organizer is the organizer we’d get if we didn’t need much file storage. It’s made from the same quality materials as the Mobile Vision organizer, but it has a smaller footprint. For an organizer that’s designed to hold fewer papers, it still has more file- and supply-storage options than many others we tested. Its open-ended file section can fit a few paper items of various sizes, like mail, magazines, and postcards. It also has a divided pen cup with four compartments, a dedicated space for sticky notes, and a shallow compartment that fits mini binder clips or paper clips.

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Our pick

Innovative Storage Designs Desktop Organizer

Innovative Storage Designs Desktop Organizer

Best for most people

You can easily see what’s inside this sturdy, clear organizer. It has several easy-to-reach compartments for smaller items, in addition to two slots for your most important papers, and it won’t take up too much space on a desk.

Buying Options

$21 from Office Depot
$36 from Amazon

Runner-up

Like-it Large Desktop Station

Like-it Large Desktop Station

Customizable for your needs

Thanks to movable dividers, you can create smaller or larger compartments as needed. But it feels cheaper than our main pick, and it’s not as sturdy.

Buying Options

Buy from The Container Store

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.

Upgrade pick

MobileVision Desktop Paper Tray File Folder Holder & Bamboo Drawer Set

MobileVision Desktop Paper Tray File Folder Holder & Bamboo Drawer Set

If you’d rather hide your clutter

This bamboo organizer has multiple file slots that, together, fit a whole ream of paper, and a drawer for larger items like earbuds or notepads.

Buying Options

$56 from Amazon
MobileVision Caddy Add-On

MobileVision Caddy Add-On

A pen cup for more storage

Additional storage for slim, tall items like scissors, pens, or pencils that you want to keep upright and within reach.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $14.

Also great

MobileVision Bamboo Multi-Function Desktop Organizer

MobileVision Bamboo Multi-Function Desktop Organizer

Less storage but a smaller footprint

If you don’t need as much storage for papers or files, this organizer’s sturdy bamboo will look good with most decors. It’s small but it still has plenty of space for essential office supplies.

Buying Options

$30* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $33.

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