My first tip is to find some way to separate your materials so that the counter of your desk can stay as uncluttered as possible. In my case, since my desk doesn't have many drawers, I bought these very inexpensive white shelves from target which I easily attached above my desk. I absolutely love the look of this and it's so easy to add your own personal touches to it if you choose to. If you do not want to install shelves you can also put an organizational cubby in your desk drawers to keep everything straight. Both options helps you eliminate supplies that take up counter space and stress you out and they give your desk a cute and minimalistic vibe.
My second tip is to keep your loose papers and books in a separate place so that everything is easily assessable when you need it and can be put away when you're ready to move on to something else. This tip has helped me tremendously this year and it has forced me to work through each of my assignments completely before moving on to my next project. It's also another excuse to personalize an aspect of your room to fit your personal taste. You can use anything from a large bookshelf to just a small cart that you can find at target to organize your books and papers.
My third and final tip for organizing your desk it to manage your cord situation. This was the most difficult and daunting task for me when organizing my desk because I didn't think there was and permanent solution to the problem. Thankfully, Pinterest saved the day and I got the idea to use my Washi tape to create cute labels for my cord collection. All I did was label the colored Washi tape apply it to the cord and... Voila! Your cord situation is solved. If you don't have Washi tape, any other firm and colored tape will do the trick.
Thanks for reading and make sure to comment what your favorite tip for organizing your desk is.