May 18, 2022

Inexpensive desktop storage for pens, paints, etc.

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  • I have a large collection of pens and markers that I use for journaling; storing them in an accessible way has always been a problem.
  • This storage solution from Amazon holds all my pens and has room for more.
  • You can find the desk organizer on Amazon in two sizes and two colors.

I have a little problem when it comes to buying new pens and markers: I can’t stop. As an avid journalist, I’m always on the lookout for new pens to try. My collection got out of hand a long time ago, but that didn’t stop me; it just meant that I needed more Ziploc bags to fill with my pens, which in turn created a mess inside my desk drawers.

I found this desk organizer on the recommendation of someone in a planner and journaling Facebook group and immediately ordered it. It’s been about a year since I bought it, and it’s still been one of the most useful things I’ve bought on Amazon.

Lots of multicolored pens stuffed in a Ziploc bag

My desk drawers were full of bags with pens like this.

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The set is available in two colors, black and white, and in two sizes, large and small. The little set comes with three four-tier towers that measure approximately 2 inches wide by 8 inches high, plus two additional pen holders separate from the towers. The large set also includes three four-tier towers, but they measure approximately 3.5 inches wide by 8 inches high. I opted for a set of great organizers.

Empty desk organizer, side view


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At just 3.5 inches deep, these organizers are perfect for my desk, which is long but lacks depth.

Three of the four levels have downward sloping shelves. Pens slide neatly into these compartments without too much pen sticking out at the end. There’s just enough space to always make it easy to grab the pen you need.

I haven’t filled them all completely yet, but the most complete ones contain 20 gel pens and 15 highlighters. It’s great to know that with so much already inside, I still have room for more without having to look for another storage solution.

The only downside to this design is that the angle of the third shelf creates a very small triangle shaped fourth shelf. I use mine for washi tape rolls, post-it flags, and lip balm tubes, but I probably couldn’t fit much else in there without it sticking out.

four-wheeled white plastic desk organizer filled with nearly 100 multi-colored pens and markers


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Although I use them for pens, these organizers would also be great for things like paint or makeup brushes. If you took one and laid it on your back instead of holding it upright, it would make a great stand for things like smartphones and remote controls.

The bottom line

I love this desk organizer because it frees up some of my limited drawer space without taking up too much space on my desk and also allows me to display all my pens and markers.

Anyone who uses a bullet journal or planner would definitely benefit from this storage solution; it’s so nice to have all your writing options laid out right in front of you in a neat and aesthetic way.