Desk Minimalism: The Bare Essentials

Desk Minimalism: The Bare Essentials

Anthony Nguyen
Jan 24, 2012

We all know achieving the ultimate workspace (like our past DeskTops spotlight above) is an iterative process that requires patience and keen eye for what should and shouldn't go on top of the daily working surface. But if we could do it all over, we'd go for a more minimal look, showcasing only the bare essentials and shelving the rest.

First things first, we'd immediately replace all our keyboards and mice with Bluetooth-enabled devices. For batteries, we recommend using Sanyo Enelops. They've tested well in our Unplggd labs and have been a personal favorite around the office.

Next, we'd pair down the desk to just 3 main areas: 1) the main computer, 2) a desk lamp, and 3) the landing station for our smartphone. We'd even go as far as to create a separate area for keys and wallet since they make more sense by the door than on a busy surface as the primary working desk.

A potential area for a fourth area would be reserved for audio junkies such as myself, in which case we'd make room for set of audiophile monitors or our favorite headphones.

We could even devise similar plans for a tablet-only setup by creating a quick and easy docking station that's both functional and clutterless. Above, the Upstand allows for just that.

Lastly, we'd address the issue of wire management, both nearby items and along the underside. Remember, even the slightest overlooked detail can ruin the perfect setup!

What are the bare essentials for your dream desk setup?

(Image: Flickr member Linhgo, Xstand Upstand)

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