8 Steps to a Stress-Free Work Zone
1. Cover Up
When your folders are so pretty they could (almost) double as wallpaper, we fully support going sans file cabinet. Display a stylish set on your desk in a muitilevel acrylic holder, so each tab is in clear view.
2. Embrace Order
Steer clear of strewn papers, cluttered drawers, and old coffee mugs. These faux-leather upholstered organizers keep plenty of pens and pencils, computer paper, notepads, and treasured resources at the ready in style.
Buy it: Divoga White Quilted Magazine File, $16, Book Organizer, $20, and Pencil Cup, $11; reliable.com
3. Strike a Cord
Tangled electronics getting the best of your desk space? A compact cord box (available in five fun colors) bundles wayward wires to keep them tidy and dust-free.
Buy it: Bluelounge CableBox Mini, $30; bluelounge.com
4. Take Note
Give yourself a break from e-mails, text messages, and voice memos—with stationery as pretty and playful as this, nothing beats jotting down notes, writing to-do lists, or (gasp!) actually penning letters to friends the old-fashioned way.
Buy it: Smock Paper Bicyclette Scratch Pad, $7, Chatham Scratch Pad, $7, and Breakers Notebook, $9; smockpaper.com
Xonex Soft TwistPen in Pool Blue, $13.50; amazon.com
5. Pick a Palette
Choose variations of one hue on binders, address books, and leather envelopes (perfect for corralling receipts) for a clean look with just enough contrast.
Buy it: Russell+Hazel Signature 3 Ring Binder, $24, and Mini Binder, $16, in Light Blue; russellandhazel.com
6. Tack It On
A burlap back and cute stitched-on seahorse make this craft board almost chic enough to go bare—but you'll probably want to dress it up with notes, photos, cards, and other beachy inspiration.
Buy it: LG Designs Seahorse Bulletin Board, $275 (25"x 35"); lgcustomaccessories.com
7. Get Carded
Not all crystal has to be reserved for special occasions. We love elegant officeware, like this hand-formed glass business card holder/paperweight.
Buy it: Simon Pearce Business Cardholder, $95; simonpearce.com
8. Work It Out
A pretty blue-green finish makes the details stand out.
Buy it: Coastal Living Cottage Table Desk in Sea Mist, $1,152; walmart.com for retailers