As someone who writes about gear for a living, I know all too well how easy it is for a workspace to become cluttered with stuff. Before you know it, the stress of where you work starts to affect the work, which is no good.
Here are a handful of items to help declutter your desk so you can focus on more important things.
This svelte arch — constructed from American black walnut or Eastern hardrock maple — serves as a sturdy platform for your computer monitor, or in the case of an iMac, your entire machine. And don’t worry about weight: It’s built to hold up to 200lbs. Beneath it, there’s plenty of room for external storage, USB hubs, notebooks, or snacks (don’t judge).
Whether you need a light for your nighttime workspace or a reading light on your bedside table, the Tomons DL1005 LED desk lamp is an attractive, minimalist option that adds a bit of sleek design to any space. It’s got a sturdy wooden multi-angle swing arm, a metal lamp shade and base, and a braided nylon cable, all resulting in a lamp that will last you for years to come, even if you’re prone to knocking it over.
Umbra’s Toto tall storage caddy is a nice-looking alternative to boring desk organizers.
It’s made from eco-friendly rubberwood for the most part, plus a metal handle and drawer. With its large deep compartment, two smaller compartments, and the drawer at the bottom, it’s great for keeping your workspace tidy and clutter-free. (You could also use it to organize personal hygiene products in your bathroom, but the wood should not be exposed to too much moisture or it will warp and rot.)
This elegant stand is designed to hold + showcase your premium headphones, and it doubles as a wall-powered charging station.
Made from aluminum with a soft contoured leather pad atop its support saddle, the Fermata has a built-in USB charging cable with a reversible micro-USB connector so you can keep wireless headphones charged at all times, and when you’re not using the connector, it tucks away out of sight into the back of the stand’s post. You can see a few more photos of what that looks like here.
One of our favorite pieces of his is The Planter, which not only holds up to nine pens, but also helps bring a little green to your workspace with its stainless steel planting dish designed for a small succulent, cactus, or other plant. (Plant not included; you’ll have to provide one of your own.)
Like many of his other products, The Planter is made from solid walnut wood and livens up any desk nicely. Similar items in his store are The Sprout (same concept, but with 3 pen holes instead of 9) and The Greenery (plant holder alone).