Dorm Desk Organization

Since moving into my dorm room last weekend, I’ve been wanting to share how I’ve organized and decorated my room. (Comment down below if you’d like to see a full tour of my room!) Even if you aren’t living in a dorm room, I think these methods can be applied to apartments or any other less than roomy living situation. If you’d like to see how I’ve organized my desk area, keep reading!

desk organization

I wanted to keep the majority of the desk top clear, so that I’d have lots of space to work with when I’m studying, reading, or writing up a blog post. I find that the key to preventing clutter is to corral small objects, like pencils and pens, in containers so that they’re neatly stored and don’t get in the way.

desk stuff

On the left is a mug that one of my friends gifted to me at graduation. She decorated it with permanent markers to make it personal, and I absolutely love it. It’s so cute that I couldn’t bear to use it for tea or coffee, so instead I’m currently using to it hold pens on my desk. I primarily write in pen, so there’s several black pens as well as some colored ones inside.

In the middle, I just used an empty tissue box to store some of my unopened school supplies. Some packs of pens, a ruler, and my planner are all inside. If you want to make it more personal, you can wrap the box with wrapping paper and decorate it however you want.

On the right is a little tin that holds all of my little supplies. It’s filled with binder clips, paperclips, rubber bands and more. Having the little box on my desk means they’re accessible and easy to reach, but aren’t scattered everywhere.

desk lamp

A desk lamp is a must-have for dorms, since there’s usually only one window to let in daylight. It also comes in handy if you’re studying late at night while your roommate is sleeping, since you won’t have to turn on the room light. To save space on your desk, I suggest looking for one that has some storage in its base. Mine comes with several storage compartments, as well as two outlets so I can charge my phone or laptop from my lamp. In the compartments, I’ve just put things like a mini stapler, a glue stick, Scotch tape, and a note pad.

wall calendar

The last thing in my desk area is a magnetic dry-erase calendar. I bought this particular one at Walmart, and it was featured in my Dorm Supplies Haul. I’ve just gone ahead and written in some events for this week, and used the magnets it came with to put up a flyer for all welcome events at my school. I think a wall calendar is a great way to keep track of things outside of your school planner, like social events or outings with friends.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that it’s given you some ideas to organize your own desk area this year! Want to see how I’m organizing my makeup and other products? Comment down below and tell me, I’d love to share that with you!

In other news, I recently launched a giveaway with Perfectly Posh to give away four fabulous prizes! This giveaway is closing in just seven days, so hurry and enter before it’s too late! Find out how to enter here.






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4 thoughts on “Dorm Desk Organization

  1. The Broke Black Chick says:

    Yes I would love to see a room tour! I love seeing how other people decorate their dorm rooms. Btw I finally answered your questions from the Liebster award sorry it took forever!

    I’m like super obsessed with your latest blog post! Great quality. I hope I’m not sounding like a creeper haha


    • Joyce says:

      Thanks Brittany! Glad you liked my post, and I’d love to do a dorm tour! I just need to finish setting up the rest of my stuff, and if you’re interested in a closet tour of my dorm closet too, I would love to do that separately as well!


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