Cheap Desk Storage for Pens, Paints, and More

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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 an issue.
  • This storage solution from Amazon holds all of my pens and has room for more.
  • You can find the desk organizer on Amazon in two sizes and two colors.


I have a bit of a problem when it comes to buying new pens and markers: I just can’t seem to stop. As an avid bullet-journaler, I’m always looking for new pens to try out. My collection got out of hand a long time ago, but it didn’t stop me; it just meant I needed more Ziploc bags to fill with my pens, which in turn created a mess inside of 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 remained one of the most useful things I’ve bought on Amazon.

Bundles of multicolored pens stuffed inside a Ziploc bag

My desk drawers used to be full of bags with pens like this one.

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The set comes in two colors, black and white, and two sizes, big and small. The small set comes with three four-tiered towers that measure about 2 inches wide by 8 inches tall, plus two additional pen cups separate from the towers. The big set also includes three four-tiered towers, but they measure about 3.5 half inches wide by 8 inches tall. I opted for one set of big organizers.

Empty desk organizer, side view

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

Three of the four tiers have shelves that angle downward. Pens slide perfectly into these compartments without too much of the pen sticking out at the end. There’s just enough space that it’s still easy to grab whatever pen you need right out of it.

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

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

four-tired white plastic desk organizer filled with nearly 100 multicolored pens and markers

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While I use these for pens, these organizers would also be great for things like paint or makeup brushes. If you took one and laid it on its back instead of standing it straight up, it would make an excellent holder for things like smartphones and remote controls.

The bottom line

I love this desk organizer because it helps free up some of my limited drawer space without taking up too much of my limited desk space and also lets me display all of 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 of your writing options laid out right in front of you in a neat and aesthetically pleasing way.

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