When you’re working from home, the goal should be to “create an environment that’s positive and upbeat,” said Kelly Hoppen, a London-based interior designer.

That isn’t easy, especially during a pandemic. But a good desk organizer can help.

“It’s important for your mind to have a really nice desk to work from, so when you come and sit down, it doesn’t just feel like a mess,” Ms. Hoppen said.

That’s where a desk organizer comes in — soothing frayed nerves by establishing a sense of order, with everything you need right where you need it.

Desk organizers also deliver grab-and-go functionality for people who like to work in different rooms, and they make it easier to do a quick cleanup at the end of the day — which is essential if you’ve commandeered the end of the dining table as your work space.

“In the same way that you would put all your kids’ toys in baskets before having dinner at night,” Ms. Hoppen said, “you have to be respectful of everyone using the space.”

And just possibly, an organized desk may help you do better work, Ms. Hoppen noted: “My desk is neat because I like to be able to see what I’m doing.”

Powder-coated aluminum storage box with walnut handle by Most Modest

$100 at Design Within Reach: 800-944-2233 or dwr.com

Three leather storage containers with tray by Mia Lagerman

$284 at Fritz Hansen: 212-219-3226 or fritzhansen.com

Desktop vessel with swing-out compartments

$45 at MoMA Design Store: 800-851-4509 or store.moma.org

Wall-mounted storage pockets by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen

From about $19 each at Danish Design Store: 833-564-8196 or danishdesignstore.com

Aluminum-and-cork desk organizer

$80 at Grovemade: 971-206-6606 or grovemade.com

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