Back To School: Desk Organization

Due to the overwhelming responses to the picture of my desk I posted on Twitter recently during my very first blogger chat, I thought it would be a great idea to show you how I organize my desk at home, and give you a few tips on desk organization!

My desk is probably the place where I spend the most of my time as a college student. Click through to read about how I organize it!

First of all, you have to know that I am not in a college dorm. Neither do I live in my own apartment. With the university campus I go to being so close to my house, I actually decided to stay at home, at my parents’ house. I am living in the same room I’ve been in for years. This allows me not to have to pay rent or to have to move out at all.

Now, let’s get to the real part. My desk is situated in between my door and my closet, which creates a little nook. As you can see, I have two bookshelves over my bed, a cork board and several other office supplies.

Here are some items you can always find on my desk:

  • Laptop
  • Notebooks
  • Papers that need to be sorted out
  • Pencil case
  • Pen-holder cup
  • Phone and iPad charger
  • eReader
  • Lists (to-dos, TBR…)
  • Planner
  • Textbooks or books I’m currently reading


My bookshelves are used mostly for books that I’ve read, or intend on reading. My textbooks are usually in my wardrobe or in my book bag. I only put them on my desk when I’m using them, otherwise it makes the space cluttered. I also have a desk lamp for much-needed extra light. It’s fixed underneath my lower shelf.

Two neatly organised bookshelves.


My corkboard is a chaotic mess. I use it to pin important info, such as phone numbers, passwords, pictures and sometimes lists. However, I would like to turn my board into an inspiration one, where I could pin pretty pictures of things I want to do or want to own. Having a corkboard is really helpful! You can pin important info or reminders, or it can be used as an inspiration board!

But the most important, and the central, part of it is my calendar. I don’t use it as much as my planner, but I like to write important dates down so I can see them. Working days are usually what is featured in my monthly view. The rest of the important dates are all written down in my planner!

A corkboard features a calendar, photos, notes and reminders.

I also use my desk place to store my makeup. My dad bought and installed me this pole thing from IKEA a few years ago. You can add little storage boxes to it. There are six on my pole and two are screwed on the wall. I use most of them to store my makeup, but I also use a few to store extra school supplies like scissors, erasers, a pen sharpener, extra notebooks and scotch tape. I like how this doesn’t take up much place and keeps my desk clean!


The last and probably the most important part of your desk is your chair. It needs to be super comfortable since you are most likely to spend hours sitting on it studying and doing your homework. I use to have a wooden chair with a cushion, but it had become so uncomfortable over the years that I recently invested in a new one. The new one is made of leather and has little wheels at the bottom, which allows more movement! It’s super comfy and it doesn’t take up much place in my room so it’s perfect!

A black, leather desk chair sit in the foreground with a desk behind it.

How do you organize your desk? What supplies can’t you live without?