Declutter your desk

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 7, 2007
Updated • Jul 27, 2013

P5chin who is a regular reader of my blog send me a tip which I immediately had to write about. I don't know a single computer user who is not unhappy with all the cables, power sources and external devices cluttering the place on and beneath the desk.

Declutter your desk is a website that is explaining how to easily declutter the desk making it look much friendlier afterwards and also better to control when equipment gets added or removed from the setup. All you need is one pegboard, a few screws, wires and some minor elements that cost the webmaster of the site no more than $33.42, well worth the price if you ask me.

The pegboard is placed in different locations depending on the size and position of your desk. You can place it underneath, behind or on either side of the desk. The instructions on the website are well visualized and several readers submitted screenshots of their setups as well showing different setups.

declutter your desk
declutter your desk
declutter your desk
declutter your desk

The website walks you through the installation process, from preparing the board to making sure it is firm and strong in place to adding cables and other appliances to it. Sometimes you find updates in the instructions which may provide you with alternatives that you may want to pursuit instead of the original instructions.

I suggest you read the frequently asked questions, listed right above the reader submissions near the end of the page, as they answer several common questions that many users may have. The author of the page forgot to use cable ties for instance and recommends using them in the frequently asked questions. They help organize the cable structure better and reduce the clutter on the board further. As you can see on the screenshot above, it is not using cable ties.

The main idea here is to move all cables and devices that are not needed on the desk to a place where they are not in the way but still easily accessible. While you still want to keep the mouse, keyboard and monitor on the desk, other devices or cables like the modem or the power supplies do not really need to be on the desk as you are not accessing them very often, if at all.


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  1. Martin said on August 8, 2007 at 8:35 am

    Ryan it should not take very long to rearrange or replace an element on the pegboard. Would estimate that it does not take longer than 5-10 minutes to do that.

    I really like the idea and will most likely start working on it this weekend :P

  2. Ryan Wagner said on August 7, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    That pegboard is a good idea, but if you ever need to rearrange or replace something it would surely be a pain!

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