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Got a messy desk & cluttered office? Check out these easy tips on getting organized & learn how to declutter your workspace.

How to Declutter a Messy DeskMaintaining a neat and organized work or home office desk is a challenge in today’s busy world, but one well worth undertaking. It’s demoralizing to face a messy desk at the beginning of a work day. It’s uncomfortable to work at. A messy desk is also a drag on productivity. Trust us: you get a lot more done if you don’t have to go on a five minute hunt every time you need to locate an errant file or fresh pen. Lucky for you, Office Ink has a few tips on getting organized. Follow our advice and have smoother, more productive workdays.

The best way to declutter a messy desk and organize your office is to designate a location for paperwork and office supplies. After all, you can’t put everything in its place if you don’t have a place for everything. Desk organizers and desk accessories will help you declutter a messy desk.

Take a look around your office. Do you have enough office shelves?

If you’re reading a blog post on how to declutter a messy desk, the answer is no, you do not have adequate office shelving. Hey, we don’t blame you. Bob Vila is probably the only person in the world who enjoys hanging shelves. But you don’t have to be America’s Handyman to add more shelving to your office. Just stack a desk top shelf or two on top of your desk and use it to store your reference books, file storage boxes, surplus stock of office supplies, etc. Add a few knick knacks and framed photos of your family. Now, you’ve not only taken the first step to organizing your messy desk, you’ve added style and personality to your office.

How about pencil cups, letter trays and other office space savers? Got any of those?

Of course not. That’s why your desk is a mess.  Or maybe you do have the desk accessories, desk organizers and space savers you need and just aren’t using them. In either case, today is the first day of the first day of your more organized life! Office space savers are the key to a neat desk. Store loose paperwork and mail in a letter tray. Instead of leaving your office supplies to roll around in your desk drawer or clutter a messy desk, get an office supply organizer. Then, after you get the desk organizers, space savers and desk accessories you need to keep your office neat and tidy, use them. An empty pencil cup or overflowing letter tray is not going to help you declutter your desk.

Now, are you using a desk calendar?

We know you need an office calendar to track appointments, mark the days until retirement, etc. But if you work at a small messy desk, you may do better hanging a wall calendar instead. A pretty wall calendar is also another great way to personalize your office.

Finally, do you have ample file storage?

Are there stacks of file folders on your office desk?  More hiding out of sight under the desk? If so, you need to break down and buy a file cabinet. Don’t worry – it’s not going to cost as much as you may think, and it will do your office a world of good. Store your file folders in a small, inexpensive 2 drawer file cabinet, and you’ll have a much neater, more organized office and desk. You’ve got a range of options to choose from – from a traditional HON 2 drawer metal file cabinet to this Storex mobile 2 drawer file cabinet.

If you work in a small or home office, and don’t have a ton of file folders to manage, store your files in a plastic file storage box. Keep pulled files organized and close at hand with a desk top file folder sorter or file folder rack. It’s a lot easier to keep your files properly organized when you have ample file storage. Plus, finding the file you need won’t be akin to searching for a needle in a haystack.

Using a combination of desk accessories, space savers and desk organizers is the best way to declutter a messy desk. Check out these online blog posts from Office Ink for more tips on getting organized:

Fellowes Shredder Shortages Continue; Consider Comparable GBC Shredders

The shortage of Fellowes shredders continues. Fellowes has not been able to bring new shredders in from China since the fall of 2010. The company continues to work with the Chinese government and their shipping products to get the shredders to the US. Of course, that is little comfort if you need a Fellowes shredder now. Many business office equipment dealers have run through their stock of Fellowes shredders and is no exception. Though Office Ink’s favorite online office supply store still has several models of Fellowes shredder ready to go, there’s no denying that the stock is getting low. If you wait too long to buy the new Fellowes shredder you need, you’ll have to settle for another paper shredder brand.

We recommend GBC shredders. Like Fellowes, GBC makes top-quality shredders in a range of styles and capacities to meet the needs of any office. Even better — GBC shredders often cost less than Fellowes shredders. But best of all, all GBC shredder styles are available for immediate shipment from

Use this guide to compare Fellowes paper shredders to GBC shredders and find what you need.

Heavy-Duty GBC Shredders

If you’ve been searching for a heavy-duty strip cut Fellowes paper shredder or heavy-duty confetti cut Fellowes shredder, consider these comparable GBC shredders:

Heavy-Duty Strip Cut GBC Shredder

32-sheet capacity
Anti-jamming technology

Heavy-Duty Confetti Cut GBC Shredder

20-sheet capacity
Anti-jamming technology

Continuous-duty GBC Shredders

If you need the dependability and durability of continuous-duty strip cut Fellowes shredder or continuous-duty confetti cut Fellowes shredder, try these GBC shredder instead:

Continuous-Duty Strip Cut GBC Shredder

20-sheet capacity
Anti-jamming technology

Continuous-Duty-Confetti Cut GBC Shredder

20-sheet capacity
Anti-jamming technology

Medium-duty GBC Shredders

If you can’t wait for  or a  medium-duty Fellowes shredder, consider these GBC shredder alternatives:

Medium-Duty Strip Cut GBC Shredder

12-sheet capacity

Medium-Duty Confetti Cut GBC Shredder

10-sheet capacity

High Security GBC Shredders

If you’ve been searching for a high-security Fellowes shredder, consider the comparable high-security GBC shredder.  You get:

Strong Security
9-sheet Capacity

For more general tips on picking out paper shredders for business and home offices, check out the Shredder Guide at

2011 Clearance Sale: get up to 86% off discount office supplies & office furniture.

Get up to 86% off discount office supplies, discount office furniture and discount business equipment.

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday and that you have a wonderful 2011. Oh, and good luck keeping your New Year’s resolutions! I’ve resolved to exercise more — for at least as long as it takes to work off what I put on over the holidays. has resolved to save you even more money on discount office furniture, business office supplies and equipment. They’ve gotten off to a great start with a fantastic 2011 clearance sale. Right now, you can save up to 86% on the office supplies and office furniture you use the most. There are some great deals featured, including:

  • savings of up to 67% on computer workstations
  • markdowns of up to 82% on office desks
  • up to 70% off lock boxes and cash drawers
  • 32% off all in one printers
  • up to 79% off file cabinets
  • up to 73% off printer ink and  toner
  • save up to 85% on office chairs and ergonomic computer chairs
  • up to 62% off fine stationary
  • up to 78% off storage lockers and cabinets

That’s just a sample of the great bargains you’ll find at the 2011 clearance sale at Are there better ways to ring in the new year than with discount office supplies, discount office furniture and discount business equipment? Office Ink says no! Order online now or call toll-free at 1-866-501-6055. Happy bargain hunting and happy New Year!