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15 Chic Desk Accessories For A Back-To-School Makeover

Elizabeth Buxton

These days, we've swapped pop quizzes and glitter gel pens for early morning meetings and paper clips. And although we won't be returning to bulky three-ring binders, we will be revisiting our back-to-school shopping tactics to reorganize our adult lives. The same strategy we used to curate our school-supply list can now be chicly applied to our in-office desktops.

Ahead, find the stylishly sharp buys that will take you and your workspace from end-of-summer slump to a balling-for-fall mentality. All it takes is sleek organization solutions, vibrant color-blocking, and a few unique accessories to streamline your office spot and skills. The next time your boss schedules a 9 a.m. Monday "regroup," just remember how fresh your desk looks. You and your rainbow Le Pen assortment got this.

There is a lot of product out there — some would say too much. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

Urban Outfitters Hands File-Folder Sorter

Don't sacrifice art for organization with this sculpturesque file sorter that will instantly elevate any desk space.

Urban Outfitters Hands File Folder Sorter, $14, available at Urban Outfitters

Le Pen Rainbow Pack

Toss out all those miscellaneous pens — that you either hate, never use, or that just plain don't work — and replace them with a vibrant line-up of rainbow assorted Le Pens in a sleek barrel design.

Le Pen Rainbow Pens (18-Pack), $24.49, available at Amazon

Kate Spade New York Monogrammed Notepads

Never lose track of your notes again with these elegant, monogrammed pads from Kate Spade New York.

Kate Spade New York Monogrammed Notepads, $12, available at Paper Source

World Market 4-Cup Desk Organizer With Tray

Don't just jumble pens and pencils thoughtlessly into a jar — turn your office writing arsenal into a powerful statement by sorting it by color, shape, or style into this compartmentalized unit.

Cost Plus World Market Gold 4 Cup Kiara Desk Organizer with Tray, $29.99, available at Cost Plus World Market

ban.do 17-Month Planner

Transform your work notes, meeting schedules, and weekly to-do lists into something a little more magical with this glittery and sticker-filled planner.

ban.do Medium 17-Month Academic Planner, $28, available at ban.do

elago 3-In-1 Charging Stand

Keep your tech essentials charged up and in place with this sleek charging station that can compactly fit in with the rest of your desktop.

elago 3-In-1 Charging Hub [Classic White], $24.49, available at Amazon

The Home Edit Organizer Bins

Use these compartmentalized, acrylic storage solutions as an excuse to clean out your office drawers and proudly display all your best desk essentials in streamlined style.

The Home Edit Bin Organizer, $5.99, available at The Container Store

Orla Kiely 70s Flower Enamel Mug

Stay zen while sipping coffee or tea at your desk from this 70s-style mug made from a durable and poppy-printed enamel.

Orla Kiely 70s Flower Enamel Mug - Persimmon, $18, available at Amara

Go Hand Cloud-Shaped Alarm Clock

Stay on top of the time (and office temperature) with this cute, cloud-shaped alarm clock that can stand upright on your desk or stay suspended from any magnetized surface.

Go Hand Clouds LED Alarm Clock, $20.44, available at Amazon

Rifle Paper Co. Andie Colorblocked Notepad

Instead of a mismatched army of miscellaneous sticky notes, keep your to-do list orderly and coherent on this color-blocked notepad.

Rifle Paper Co. Andie Colorblocked Notepad, $9.6, available at Anthropologie

Umbra Two-Tiered Storage Tray

Use this sleek, tiered storage system to hold all those office odds and ends — from paperclips to thumbtacks, loose change, glasses and keycards — with gilded poise.

Umbra Two-Tiered Storage Tray, $19.89, available at Amazon

Paper Geek Co. Binder Clips

Transform your workspace organization into a chic moment with this colorful, handmade binder-clip set.

PaperGeekCo 30 Binder Clips Value Pack, $26.77, available at Etsy

Tronco Glass Water Bottle With Bamboo Lid & Silicone Sleeve

Forget the paper office cups and start sipping your water out of a glass bottle with a crisp white silicone sleeve and soft bamboo-wood top.

Tronco Glass Water Bottle With Silicone Sleeve & Bamboo Lid, $11.89, available at Amazon

Threshold Gold Wall Grid

Keep your most important work memos lifted and visible by clipping them onto this gilded-grid support system.

Threshold Gold Wall Grid, $16.99, available at Target

Amazon Mini Ladybug Desktop Vacuum

This Amazon's Choice gem will be the talk of your office, doubling as a workspace cleaning mechanism and crazy cute decor piece.

E ECSEM Mini Ladybug Desktop Vacuum, $8.98, available at Amazon

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