Task 26 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge – Office Desk

It’s week 26 of my Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge. If you haven’t signed up yet, join me today as I help you remove all those things in your home you no longer need or use.

I sit at my office desk most days. When I am sitting there my head is often full of my day’s to-do list, and the last thing I want when I’m trying to negotiate my head, is to negotiate my desk too! A clear, tidy, and well organised office desk is not only conducive to a happy mind, it also lends itself to way more productivity as well.

So let’s jump straight in to this week’s declutter task! 

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Decluttering Task #26

Office Desk

In addition to having an excuse to visit Officeworks and Kikki.k (I love all things stationery and pretty!), tidying up your office desk will also make you more productive and less stressed. Speaking of stressed, I also like to add in a few calming elements on my desk – like my essential oil diffuser – which helps to lower my stress and start my day on the right note.

Clear desk for productivity


Note: My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit

  • Look at your office desk, as well as inside the drawers, and see what storage solutions aren’t working.
  • Remove everything from the desk, grouping like items together.
  • Determine what items you haven’t used in over 12 months and consider purging them.
  • Clean your office desk removing any built up dust.
  • Add any new and/or your current storage products in your drawers and on to your desk to help you keep it organised.
  • Place items back in a tidy and organised manner, trying to keep items on top of the desk to a minimum.
  • Put the items you don’t use often in the lower drawers or towards the back of the drawers.

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  READ MORE: 14 Tips To Help You Have A Productive Day

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How many items have you been able to purge today?

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Rebecca June 26, 2019 - 9:38 AM

Unread Newspapers due to lack of time. I lost count, actually, maybe about 25…

Chris Majoroff June 26, 2019 - 6:45 PM

This is well timed as i am going up to Sydney to pick up a new L shaped desk with movable book case which can fit anywhere on it that i want. it also has two wheel under drawers with 2 drawers each with organised trays in side and a larger drawer in each for filing so that means my old timber stuff that is heavy and attracting mould can go. so excited about getting the clutter cleared but as i have been unwell for 3 weeks not much has happened. bringing home the new desk on the weekend will give me motivation .

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 8, 2019 - 10:36 AM

Chris how exciting, and very well timed indeed! Hope you have had fun organising the new desk. Kat x

Susie June 26, 2019 - 8:06 PM

This is going to be a struggle!! I need some serious inspo for this one!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 8, 2019 - 10:39 AM

I understand how you feel Susie. I hope that this decluttering task went well for you! Kat x

Mary Brown June 27, 2019 - 1:48 AM

I just wanted to say thanks for this article. Decluttering is so incredibly important. I did a huge sweep of my home in 2017 and it hasn’t been the same. I feel like it even improved my mental health. What do you feel like has helped you the most with staying on top of clutter so it doesn’t come back?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 8, 2019 - 10:38 AM

Mary you are so welcome, I feel the same way when I declutter. For me it has been forming the little habits, and doing daily tasks to ensure that my home never gets too cluttered.

Neelam October 6, 2021 - 12:50 PM

Big job!! I try to do 30 minutes each day .. working from home has been helpful to this — and sometimes hard to purge things — does anybody else have the same issue

Tania Maclean October 6, 2021 - 9:02 PM

Hi Neelam,

Yes, I find it hard to purge. You’re not alone. I’m a mom of two teenage boys (and so the only one who tidies & sorts things). I also tend to hang onto things for sentimental purposes. I’ve stopped buying ‘dust collectors’ and magazines which has helped keep clutter down. But it’s a daily struggle. I hope to be totally organised soon ;). Good luck!


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