Some unique ideas for desk organization involve saving old cans for storage, making bookcase desks and giving a muffin tin new life as an organizer for small items. Many household objects, such as baskets, jars and large envelopes, can serve as organizers.
Turn a pair of short bookcases into a desk by laying a wide, flat piece of wood over them. This makes use of vertical space and provides extra desk room. Turn any book into a folder by adhering an open envelope to the inside cover. This open envelope serves as a pocket to hold loose papers. This also works with a manila envelope attached to the side of the desk or the wall above. Make or hang a bulletin board on the wall by the desk to hold notes and other important papers.
Keep power cords and other wires organized behind the desk by corralling and labeling them. Attach a small tag or wrap a sticker label around the cord near the plug.
Slide an old muffin tin into a desk drawer and use it to catch and organize small objects like paper clips, thumb tacks or extra staples. Save large food and paint cans to organize pens and pencils. These can also lay on their sides to make small cubby holes. Line them up on a shelf or affix to the wall with Velcro.