Skip To Content

    25 Low-Effort Ways To Keep Your Workspace Clean

    Cleaning for lazy people? It me.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Purge, purge, purge! There's no need to organize things you don't use. Leave room only for the essentials so you can make cleaning in the future a lot less painful and time consuming.

    The Jackal Group

    2. Get a mini trash can to hold all your garbage — and maybe your hopes and dreams — because we know you're too lazy to get up and toss your tea bags and sticky notes in the office's big trash can.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Never thought I could be in love with a trash can, but I am. It doesn't draw attention to itself, yet it's beautiful and perfect for my desk! I have severe year-round allergies and go through tissues like nothing else. I hate having a pile of tissues on my desk and the closest trash can is just out of reach, so this is perfect to keep on my desk without taking up much room. I usually don't like the swivel top lids because they get stuck on the trash if it gets full, but since I plan on using this only for small things and emptying it every day, it won't be a problem at all. Heavy duty, solid construction. These would be perfect for laundry rooms too to put dryer lint in. And if you had a spot in your car, these would also make a great car trash can since they are heavy and won't topple over. I may just order a couple more..." —Pickles

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors).

    3. Organize the jumble of cords at your desk with a pack of cable clips. This way you're not rooting around every morning trying to find your laptop charger only for your boss to walk in and find you half under your desk.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These cable clips are a lifesaver. I use them at my desk in my office to help control the chaos of multiple cords, which has saved my sanity multiple times! No more tangled cords! I also use one on the side of my nightstand for my phone charger cord. It keeps my cord within reach and avoids me having to search in the dark for my charger cord. The holders have a sticky backing to help secure the cable cord holder wherever you would like. The sticky backing hasn’t failed me yet! These are great little organizers to have; you don’t realize how much you need them until you have them!" —Lauren Bayly

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. Speaking of cables, purchase a cellphone stand so your device is always easy to access. There's a hole in the back through which you can string your charger so it doesn't create a tangled mess on your desk.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this handy little stand! I use my cell phone at work all day to communicate with our staff and I was always propping it up on something so that I could see it better and not have to lean over it to read texts. This gadget is simply perfect! The stand has four rubber dots on the bottom to keep my phone in place on my desk. And you run your charger right through the back and into the bottom of the phone. Very neat appearance on my desk and just the handiest gadget at a ridiculously inexpensive price." —tmdavTN

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five colors).

    5. Buy a keyboard cleaner so you can say goodbye to that annoying crumb that's stuck between your R and T keys and is making it really hard to type. Smushing this lemon-scented slime on your keyboard is weirdly soothing and the end result is dust-free keys.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first. I was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! What happened was the opposite. It cleaned it as good as new. Got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with too; you can squeeze it between your fingers!" —Billy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    6. Suck up leftover crumbs from lunch with a cute ladybug desk vacuum. And if beetles aren't your thing, might we suggest this ~udderly~ adorable mini cow vacuum?

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review (for the ladybug): "Works as describes. I keep it on my office desk to help clean off crumbs and dust. It's no louder than a hairdryer and has decent suction; sucks up crumbs and dust without any problem. I have also used it on my craft table to suck up glitter and other small paper scraps and again worked seamlessly. Great little gadget to have on hand in several situations. Might just get another." —D. Phillips

    Get the ladybug vacuum from Amazon for $8.98 (available in four styles) and the cow vacuum from Amazon for $11.89 (available in three animals).

    7. Keep a stackable letter tray nearby so you can sort your papers into different categories. This set comes with six trays and you can use one, two, or all of them. A simple productivity hack is to designate one tray for new papers that still need your attention and one tray for papers you've reviewed and need to file.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Are you a person who loves their paper nearby at arm's reach at your desk without the clutter? Well, this product will solve your clutter problem and will give your desk some much needed space. Each piece is stackable so you can use all of the boxes or use what you need. I hope this saved your desk life as it has for me." —B

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    8. If trays aren't your thing, sort your papers into accordion folders by category so you know exactly where to look when your boss asks for "that thing" from "that really important meeting last month" and says they need it on their desk ASAP.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "They are soft and pleasing in color, have plenty of organizing tabs, a snap close and, best of all, come with an adorable little smiley face with heart eyes on the cover that says "Keep Smiling Every Time." Makes my desk look organized, clean, and cute! Now paperwork is happy work. Beats looking at a messy pile of papers. Thank you! :)" —NO

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in eight colors).

    9. Or, go vertical with a cascading wall organizer. Now you have a designated space for copies of all the reports your boss asked you to write and then never read. 🙃

    Amazon

    Promising review: "It’s very nice and organized. I love it. I needed to make room on my desk and this helped a lot. I was gonna use hooks to hang it up but after feeling the weight of it with all the papers in it plus my cats eyeing it curiously, I decided to use nails instead. Holds up well so far and I hang my ID badge from it to grab on my way out hehe. I like the size and that it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Very happy with it, was excitedly waiting for it." —Elizabeth Lopez Corrales

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89+ (available in two colors).

    10. Invest in a portable label maker so you know which folder is which. Also! Using a label maker is basically the most fun activity you can do it work, and that's a fact.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I needed something really easy to use to help me organize files in my office and I found it! I love this label maker; it's so easy to use, has a ton of options, and prints labels quickly. I love this product so much that I've started labeling anything and everything in my house." —Rakin30

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    11. Take advantage of empty space with under-desk headphone hooks. You can also loop your chargers around them so your legs aren't constantly entangled in cables. Or! Keep your purse on the hook instead of on your desk where it only gets in the way.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "A simple, elegant solution to keep your desktop free and open up much-needed real estate. My gaming headset takes up a lot of room, and it's one of those things that is awkward to store without either a stand or a product like this." —Hugh K.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in two styles).

    12. Condense your belongings in adjustable shelves you can rotate to fit your storage needs. This way you can prevent clutter from taking over every inch of space on your desk.

    Amazon, Jennifer Tonti/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "The design is sleek and minimalist. I'm prone to clutter, so this shelf gives me a place to put things intentionally so that I don't get overwhelmed in my workspace. I also like that it only took about 10 minutes to fully assemble. If you've ever made your own IKEA furniture before, no need to fear; you'll do fine." —Mary Anne Layus

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two colors).

    13. Use a bamboo monitor stand to a. protect your neck against strain from having to constantly look down (screens should only be about 30 degrees below eye level) and b. create additional pockets for storage. Now you can store your keyboard under the riser, and there are even built-in slots for all your essentials.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I saw this monitor stand in my coworker’s office, so I ordered it too. I’ve been using it for a week and love it. It holds my everyday essentials as well as my cup of tea. It’s well built and my keyboard can slide underneath it at the end of the day. I like the height it gives to my monitor. No regrets!" —Cynthia

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (also available in black).

    14. Install a document clip for your computer so you can keep track of that one really important paper that will almost definitely get lost in the dumpster fire that is your desk. This way it's practically impossible to miss.

    Amazonamazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Just what is needed to keep clutter off my desk and have needed documents handy at all times." —Amy M. Neary

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    15. Declutter with a desk drawer organizer that'll basically make you feel like you're playing Tetris IRL. Be mindful about what you're keeping and toss anything you know you won't need or don't use.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This set has been perfect for my desk at work. The clutter in my drawer was so annoying to sift through before I found the right pen or paperclip. Now everything is easy to find and well organized. Nice to be able to customize arrangement as well. I may purchase more of these for cluttered drawers at home." —ccc_wood

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (also available in white).

    16. House your stationery in this nifty desk organizer instead of spread all over your desk and in random drawers.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! I just recently got a desk for my room and this organizer keeps all my things in one place. I like the pull-out drawer a lot. It holds a lot of stuff in it and doesn't take up too much space on my desk. Love it!" —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79.

    17. Add a stick-on drawer underneath your desk for extra storage (or turn this drawer into your hidden snack stash).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The sticky part is so sticky that it has become a permanent fixture on my desk. I was worried it would become loose with the opening and closing of the drawer, but this thing has held up with tons of slamming and getting things stuck in it and having to jar it pretty violently. It’s small but stores my four pens and my eraser very well. It also has a push mechanism that holds it closed so it’s not flying out when you slide it in and out of your desk. I would definitely buy again." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in two colors).

    18. Wave goodbye to your paper clutter with an eight-sheet shredder. And make sure you play with the paper confetti before you toss it out! (It's the little things, OK?)

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Paper clutter has been the bane of my existence, so I decided to purchase this with some holiday gifts I had received. Let me tell you what, this is the most cathartic adulting gift I've every purchased. There is no thrill like shredding old credit card statements, OK maybe it's just me but it handled a full half day of random shedding like a champ. I've only put a few pieces in at a time and a few old credit cards individually but everything has shredded gloriously. I've impressed with what a good job shredding it does; nothing left but paper confetti!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $37.84+ (available in three styles).

    19. Ditch the paper entirely with a portable scanner that'll upload your work to your computer so you have a digital version.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this thing. Makes for much less clutter and paperwork. A cinch to use." —imsocrazy

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99+ (available in three styles).

    20. Forgo the sticky notes that'll end up cluttering your desk (or mysteriously vanishing when you need them most) and try an old-fashioned notebook. Now all your important notes are in one place instead of spread across your office.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this notebook back in June to keep track of my thoughts/ideas at work. I've used it about every day since then, and have been thoroughly impressed by the quality. The pages are thick enough so that ball point ben or highlighters don't bleed through, and it's small enough to be portable in backpacks or medium sized purses. The leather cover looks professional enough to bring to meetings, and the pen holder on the side is very convenient. At the time, I was deciding between buying this notebook, or a more expensive Moleskin brand one. I had never heard of the brand Lemome before, but I'm glad I ultimately gave in to the lower price and took a chance on them! This notebook is almost full, and when I run out of pages I'm very likely to buy another one." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in four colors).

    21. If you can't be parted from your beloved sticky notes or just want to add another layer of organization to your notebook, try these tabbed sticky dividers that nearly 2,000 people swear by for helping them getting their lives in order.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These babies are pretty sturdy and they make putting notes in a book, or planner, or magazine, or whatever a complete breeze. I really like the ease of these and if you are creative you can make these work for any project. I use them in my textbooks to summarize my notes on a chapter. I also have short-term memory loss after a car accident. I like reading novels but can't remember things, so I use one of these as a book mark and take a few minutes to jot down key things from the book. I really, really, really like these and I am glad they exist." —Delaney

    Get them from Amazon for $3.24+ (available in packs of one, two, four, six, eight, nine, 12, and 72).

    Read our deep dive into the Redi-Tag's Divider Sticky Notes for more deets.

    22. Stay organized with a dry-erase wall calendar that is literally too big to ignore. Finishing one task before moving onto something else is a great way to keep your workspace clean (or at least cleaner) because it means you're only working on one project at once versus working on many simultaneously, which leads to more paperwork on your desk and more mess.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This calendar is very high quality! I have no doubt that it will last me many years. I can't get over how thick and sturdy it feels. I don't think there is any way it could be accidentally ripped or even peel apart. I have purchased visual aids for my classrooms and businesses for over 20 years and I can say for sure that this one is top notch." —Mikel

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95+ (available in two sizes).

    23. Spend the last five minutes of each work day wiping down your desk (we love this multipurpose cleaner!) throwing away trash, and returning your coffee mug to the kitchen. Coming to work the next morning with a clean desk is a nice way to start the day.

    @mrsmeyerscleanday / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I love this cleaner! It smells amazing and the scent really lasts! It doesn't contain any nasty chemicals so I feel better about my three year old 'helping' me to clean. This spray does a great job for cleaning up everyday counter and kitchen messes. I use the concentrate to refill the bottle when empty, which is a great deal. I haven't used anything else since discovering Mrs Meyers! I even have friends and family making the switch after they smell my kitchen. Everyone loves a clean, delicious smelling kitchen that is made of simple, safe ingredients!" —Amanda Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $3.69.

    24. And don't forget to erase smudges and fingerprints on your monitor! This screen cleaner works on flat screens, laptops, tablets, smartphones, touch screens, and even eyeglasses.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm a grad student. I live on my laptop. I work on my laptop. I eat over my laptop. I quickly try to do my makeup and hair over my laptop. I hurriedly attempt to edit thesis chapters on grimy public transit with my laptop. As a result of all this, my laptop is an unholy crud-encrusted atrocity by the end of the week. I will not even describe its supreme groddiness here lest you, dear reader, grow too disgusted to continue reading this needlessly wordy review I'm typing up to postpone the further editing of said thesis. It's pretty bad. In any event, this stuff is a godsend. I've tried other products to make my laptop look vaguely respectable, but they tend to leave streaks, fail to despeckle the harder specks from my screen, and make little headway with regards to the greasy blotches so many not-well-thought-out late fast food runs have left on my keys. This product, though, gets my computer clean and pleasant looking to the point where I am only slightly embarrassed to haul it around as though it were some extension of my person. I use it on pretty much all of my devices now, and even though I'm not the sort of person to particularly care about the 'naturalness' of a cleaning product, I'm glad to have something on hand that isn't scented and probably won't destroy things I spill it on." —Leah Davydov

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    25. Tidy your desktop, too! Digital clutter can distract you and reduce your efficiency, especially if you're looking for something specific and none of your files are named. (LOL good luck finding it!) Seriously, if your screen is a nightmarish jumble of icons, please, please, please make some folders and trash the rest.

    Warner Bros. Television

    Is that a clean workspace I see? There's only one way to properly celebrate!

    Universal Television

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed's gift guides!

    Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

    Cyber Week Is Here!

    Don’t miss out on the best deals of the year, delivered right to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form