How to Turn your Cluttered Desktop into a Tidy Haven

If your desktop looks anything close to the before image above,  you might find great value in this article.

My desktop is a very important place, everything I feel is important is often placed right there. However, something always seems important. As a result of this, my desktop became cluttered.

It was like this for a while till one of my siblings asked me if this is my desktop. I thought that it was obvious that it was, I definitely was not remote controlling someone else’s desktop. That experience inspired me to fix it. To make my desktop a bit more relaxing so I did an overhaul. I will show how I did it so that you can try to do one for yourself.

Let’s start!

For this project, find and use the graphic design tool of your preference.


Begin by setting up a foundation for your wallpaper. The first thing to do is find the display resolution of your screen and set the wallpaper to have those dimensions. Mine is 1140 x 900 pixels.


Then you need to decide what is your preferred background. It can be an image or a plain colour. I decided to make it yellow but then I realised that during the course of the day, as it got darker, the yellow background became very intense to my eyes, therefore I changed it to white. I will show you the steps using the yellow background.


The next thing I chose to do is to add a title. Something inspirational and positive. I am choosing a simple statement, one that I have been told by others “The world is your oyster!” Make sure you play with several fonts to decide what looks visually appealing to you.


What I am going to do now is to add some containers. My containers will be areas in which I can position my files or folders in and keep them organised. Those will be simple rectangles. For an additional stylistic touch, I will round the corners.


In this step what I am doing is creating categories that will fit my files and folders.

Now we have to set it as a wallpaper and organise our files and folders appropriately.


before and after image


Click here: To download the wallpaper template I designed for FREE! (works for resolution 1440 x 900 px)

4 thoughts on “How to Turn your Cluttered Desktop into a Tidy Haven

  • April 11, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Great article! Very eye-catching and interesting topic. It’s good to stay organized and productive!

    • April 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks Ben. You are absolutely right!

  • April 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    That looks great! can I ask you which program have you used to design the graphic?

    • April 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Francesca. I used one of my current favourite software called canva. Of course, you can use whatever you want Google Drawing, Microsoft Paint, Photoshop, even some said they used powerpoint to make theirs etc.

      Feel free to share this article with your friends if you found it beneficial. I hope this helps.


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