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 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.

Submitted by hohooibin on Mon, 11/02/2020 - 10:38

I study in my room. I will more focus when I study in my room. I usually keep my desk tidy.But sometimes it will messy because there are many book.

Submitted by HPPO on Sun, 11/08/2020 - 12:56

I usually study in my bedroom with a desk, it's not big, so i have to keep my desk always tidy. But sometimes it's a little messy because if I have many homework or subjects to do, there will be a lot of books and school accessories on my desk and if my desk is not enough, I even had to take another table beside me to put them.But I always keep my desk tidy when I finish my work.

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Submitted by JiaPei on Mon, 11/02/2020 - 10:33

I study on my bed because i didn’t use paper or noticeboard I normally us my iPad to study

Submitted by dayah on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 05:31

I study at a study table made by my own father. The desk was located in my study corner in front of my bedroom. My study corner is very neat because my father will make sure I study in an orderly and calm manner. But when I studied at the study table it became messy because of a lot of reading material. After reading these 7 tips given I will practice in my study time.

Submitted by Ammar35 on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 04:47

I study at my room because it is very quiet and i can give a lot focus in studying. I also had my own desk in my bedroom to put my book and easier for me too study. My desk sometime will be very messy because had to many things at my desk and i'm so lazy to tidy it until my mother come to my rooom and mad at me.That's only time i will tidy my desk. Sometime i was thinking why i need to tidy my desk? Is it so important? I was thinking it everytime until my teacher said that our brain will be more affective when seen something beautiful or tidy.It also will make our learning progress became succes.

Submitted by anisamrh on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 03:55

At home I study in my room because I consider it to be a place where I can study peacefully. I always keep my room in tidy. I will make sure after I finish studying I will put everything back in its proper place . Like the papers I will arrange neatly and also my other things. But after I read this , I think i can change some of my habit like using paperless and follow other useful recommendations

Submitted by afiqAz03 on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 03:50

I like study on my living room because i can watch televesion and do something else.i have my own table to study at my room but it so tidy and messy with paper and other tools.sometimes i clean it but im so lazy to do it everyday.

Submitted by Ipan on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 03:04

Study desk?no I don’t have one I often study at dining table. It is because i can watch tv and do homework at the same time. Futhermore, it’s very near to the fridge so when I thirsty i can grab a drink

Submitted by Camille on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 03:03

I have my own study desk in my room. Before this I like to study on the floor because my desk is messy and there is no space for me to study. After realizing I want to take a big exam. I tidied up my desk and gave a special space for me to study. When my teacher shares 7 tips a tidy desk,I realize I have followed some tips already given. .After this I will follow all 7 tips especially the 7th tip which is to “ Clean your desk at the end of every day.”

Submitted by Jisya on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:56

To be actually honest, I don't have any study desk . So basically I either study on my bed or in dining table at the kitchen. To comment about messy or tidy my deks is I think it's messy. I usually bring the needed book to my bed and do it there, after I finish I will arrange the book on the floor or in the box. I'm thinking about buying one of study desk, maybe in the future. This tips would be blessing for me to use it later when I have one. For now neither do I have a choice, I'll just keep studying on my bed yeah~

Submitted by pira on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:47

i like to looked messy with many books and my stationary on my desk because i can see how struggle i was study at that time even actually its not , then i always need some food by my side so that i can chew something while study , my messy desk always made me lost my stationary then i have to find them everywhere on the desk , that was the shortage , but sometimes i don't have enough spaces on my desk then i will study on my bed while lie down in a chill mood , even though i like a messiness at my study time , after i completed my task i will rearrange all the stuff like usual hehe

Submitted by Sicantik on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:28

I share a desk with my sister since we are in the same room. My sister always scold me because i didn't clean up the mess after i use the desk because it make her hard to do her work. When i found this tips on how to tidy desk, i try to practice that. Surprisingly, she become calm and not angry as usual. Now i know, if the desk is clean, everyone will be happy.

Submitted by Muahahaha22227 on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:08

My study desk always change like my mood today... maybe it was at kitchen or at living room so i dont have exactly my desk study for me. my room just fullied by my books from primary school until now my room a bit little. But i will use this tips for cleanliness progress in my house because my house have so many thing unstructed. I will share this information to my friend was very lazy to tidy up his rooms like have more than one living in that room...

Submitted by Jisya on Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:08

To be actually honest, I don't have any study desk . So basically I either study on my bed or in dining table at the kitchen. To comment about messy or tidy my deks is I think it's messy. I usually bring the needed book to my bed and do it there, after I finish I will arrange the book on the floor or in the box. I'm thinking about buying one of study desk, maybe in the future. This tips would be blessing for me to use it later when I have one. For now neither do I have a choice, I'll just keep studying on my bed yeah~
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