7 tips for a tidy desk

7 tips for a tidy desk

Read the tips for keeping your desk tidy and then do the exercises to practise and improve your reading skills.


Do the preparation task first. Then read the tips and do the exercises.


Seven tips for a tidy desk

1. Only keep things you really need on and near your desk.

Use a tray for any papers you have to read. Have a jar for pens and pencils and have a bin near your desk.

2. Don’t keep any drinks on your desk.

Go to the kitchen when you want to have a drink or, if you prefer, keep a drink on a small table near your desk.

3. Reduce the amount of paper that you use.

Try to keep as much information as possible in folders on your computer. Before printing a document, ask yourself, ‘do I really need to read this on paper?’

4. Scan your notes.

If you have a lot of paper (magazine articles, notes, worksheets, etc.), use a scanner and keep a digital version as a PDF on your computer.

5. Use your smartphone to take photos of things you need to remember.

For example, take photos of notes to yourself, the name and address of a place you need to visit or diagrams you need to study for school.

6. Get a noticeboard.

If you really do need to keep small bits of paper, use a noticeboard on the wall. Check it every day and throw old notes in the bin.

7. Clean your desk at the end of every day.

Choose a time to tidy your desk and do it! If you do it every day, it will only take five minutes and you can start each new day with a clean and tidy space.


Where do you study when you are at home? Is it tidy or messy?

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Submitted by ambee on Thu, 06/06/2024 - 12:14


Submitted by coconut. on Thu, 04/11/2024 - 17:29

On my desk I study English of subjects at my school. I admit it, I don´t clean my desk at the end of every day, but after reading this tips I´m gonna do it. I think is important to have a tidy desk because you get less stress, you organize all the stuff you have to do and you feel better than if you don´t.

I don´t have many things on my desk, I only have my computer, a print, folders and my pencil case, but sometimes I drink water or eat something and it gets more dirty, after read this tips I´m going to take more care about my study space.

Submitted by Bertsson on Wed, 02/21/2024 - 08:01

This is so easy

Submitted by Emre Kaan Çakırer on Mon, 10/30/2023 - 15:31

İts hard for me but I will try it

Submitted by appel on Thu, 10/26/2023 - 11:58

At home I study in my room because I consider it to be a place where I can study peacefully. When I do my homework, I have a mess on my desk, but in the evening I try to clean everything up/

Submitted by Matilo on Tue, 08/22/2023 - 14:21

When I study in my house I study in the desk of my father. I use the iMac of my father, the truth is not so tidy.

Submitted by Minish on Wed, 08/02/2023 - 13:06

l usually study in the living room and l like it to be tidy.

Submitted by Crystal Jeon...@''' on Thu, 06/15/2023 - 13:05

I study on my desk in my room but I occasionally study in the living room . Yep! my study desk is literally messy with my books , paper , pens , and food . I clean it very often though it got messy again!

Submitted by thatskyling_ on Mon, 05/01/2023 - 03:45

I study on my study table and I always clean once every few hours or else it would get really messy by the end of the day.

Submitted by idk1 on Fri, 03/24/2023 - 09:35

Well, I havent got a desk, so when I need to write something on the paper I study at the kitchen, but if I want to read the book I study at the bedroom.

Submitted by pomelo on Fri, 02/03/2023 - 03:22

I usually study in my bedroom is not tidy or messy, just enough to sleep and study

Submitted by Laura Gambetta on Wed, 03/08/2023 - 13:40

At home I study in the living room and the desk is somewhat messy

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Submitted by denadivaa on Sun, 01/29/2023 - 11:39

I study in my room and it is messy

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Submitted by Muhammad Hamay… on Wed, 12/07/2022 - 08:02

I have a study table in my room I keep it clean every day

Submitted by ahgima099 on Sun, 09/04/2022 - 15:46

I usually study in my bedroom, it is a little messy because I'm lazy to clean.

Submitted by Turtle08 on Mon, 08/29/2022 - 06:28

I usually study on my desk, but it's a bit messy because I rarely tidy it.

Submitted by cherry00 on Fri, 07/22/2022 - 14:12

When I am at home I study in the kitchen, on the table and it must be always tidy.

Submitted by Baldbanana on Mon, 06/27/2022 - 15:14

I study in my room. I have corner table with candle on it. It's usually a bit messy because I'm a bit lazy.

Submitted by Gorkem2006 on Thu, 06/09/2022 - 18:56

I study in the living room, I usually keep the table clean

Submitted by 10AN615 on Tue, 06/07/2022 - 17:07

my desk is tidy I have textbooks and two pensp
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Submitted by FlowerQueen on Wed, 06/01/2022 - 14:22

Hello I study in the living room. There is also a piano and a large desk for me and my brother for studying, so actually it's not a living room. Our desk is very messy because we often haven't time to tidy up. There are many things on it because they don't have another place. FlowerQueen~♡
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Submitted by Javiera_Ophelia on Tue, 05/24/2022 - 02:07

I study in my living room because i don't have a desk in my bedroom. Sometimes , the table of the living is dirty, but other times it is clean.

Submitted by trungtnd on Tue, 01/25/2022 - 14:15

At home I study in my bedroom. I think my desk is a bit messy because I'm lazy to clean it
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Submitted by InEnglishPlease on Sun, 11/28/2021 - 14:45

I do homework often at the kitchen table, but when I need a quiet place or I have to study something, I do it on the desk in my sleeping room.
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Submitted by Darkside on Sat, 11/13/2021 - 17:55

I study and do my homework always on the desk in my room. It's too small and I haven't got much space, but keeping it clean always helps me so I try don't forget about that

Submitted by pinkpig on Wed, 09/29/2021 - 10:02

I have a desk in my bedroom. I study and do my homework on it. It is often messy but I clean it every day ;)

Submitted by ledai0102 on Fri, 08/20/2021 - 11:06

Well, I havent got a desk, so when I need to write something on the paper I study at the kitchen, but if I want to read the book I study at the bedroom.

Submitted by Anonimus on Sat, 05/08/2021 - 11:47

I study in the bedroom, my desk is often messy :-(

Submitted by Ira1407 on Sun, 05/02/2021 - 22:15

I study in the living room.I try to keep my desk tidy,every day I clean it.There is tray with papers,pens and pencils,and textbooks lie on my desk.

Submitted by Ashley_122 on Thu, 02/25/2021 - 16:30

I study in my bedroom, when I am at home. My desk is tidy, I think.
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Submitted by Kostantinus on Tue, 01/12/2021 - 13:34

In my home I study in my bedroom. There is a study desk there and I always keep it tidy. There are my laptop, a mouse, my smartphone and extension socket on the desk. I dust it every day.
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Submitted by rafaelyeshua on Sat, 12/19/2020 - 17:30

it's messy

Submitted by Jolin0916 on Sat, 11/14/2020 - 03:11

My study desk is in my living room and it's quiet big.It's made of wood and the colour is gray.There are many books and a computer on my desk.My desk is tidy most of the time.I clean my desk everyday.If I don't clean up,my mother will scold me.

Submitted by philiptunanlazum on Fri, 11/13/2020 - 06:54

I usually study in the living room, sometimes I do in the library. I put my books that necessary when I study. I just keep in my bag the books that I don't need yet. I often study at night so I don't usually tidy my table. But in the morning I have tidy up them and prepare for the school timetable. When I study I put some snacks beside me because I'm hungry at nights. But after study I throw the trash . I hate studying in a noisy place so I always make the place to be quiet. These are about my studying.

Submitted by Calico on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 12:26

I only work at the table in my room.It is big and often cluttered, but I clean it once a day. This method is very helpful for me.I have to follow these tips.

Submitted by Jinnylee2006 on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 11:08

The place where I study or do my homework is in the library and if it is so quite.It's the best place for me to study.There are some desks and chairs in the library. My desk is full of books, lanterns, and chargers. If I had to clean my desk twice a week, my mother would scold me.

Submitted by Clera18 on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 10:57

I have my own study desk in my bedroom.I've only the necessary items on my desk.Mostly books,pens,sharpener,eraser and pencils.After studying I put them back in order.I always keep my desk tidy.Sometimes there's a mess on the desk because on a busy day papers,books,etc are scattered.From now on,after learning the tips shared by my teacher,I'll keep the study desk in that way.

Submitted by Blink on Tue, 11/10/2020 - 14:19

I study at my elder brother's room because there is a big table and the room is too quite.When I started to study, the table is tidy. But a few minutes later, it becomes messy.He doesn't mad at me and he clean his table everyday.

Submitted by Abstractartist on Mon, 11/09/2020 - 14:58

I usually study in my room at my desk and sometimes on my bed. But I think it's better to study on my desk because I can write my handwriting better.

Submitted by Morrine on Sun, 11/08/2020 - 05:21

I usually study in my bedroom.And my study desk is near my bed.Actually my study desk is messy with many little tiny pieces of paper and books.But after reading these 7 tips,I realized that these 7 tips are really useful to me.And I feel more comfortable when I study with a tidy desk.So I will not lazy to clean my desk anymore.
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