This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
I think I got my first desk tidy when I was still in primary school. It was one of those cheap plastic tubular ones, but I was already deeply entrenched in my stationery addiction so I adored it. It had a little space for paperclips and compartments for storing my pens separately to my pencils. Everything, in short, my little control-freak heart desired. Fast forward over twenty-five years (man, I am old) and nothing has changed…. Yes, you could use a mug to hold your pencils, but why pass up the opportunity to buy dedicated stationery storage?
1. This pen holder loses marks for just being one big container (no compartments, no drawers, no exciting pull-out tray), but I like the humour of the design and the nice material (rubberwood). Plus, you can distract yourself from irksome tasks by pretending that it's an ordinary pencil sharpener and that you've shrunk (or, alternatively, that you stole it from a giant). £10 from Tesco.
2. I'm guessing this cardboard pen holder is not going to be particularly durable, but it's hard to resist its retro vibe. It's a flatpack kit (with stickers) that folds into a camper van desk tidy. £3.49 (on sale) at Find Me A Gift.
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3.Okay, so you can't store anything else except for the scissors (bunny ears) or paperclips (caught by the magnetic carrot), but this desk bunny is so cute I'm happy to overlook such petty practicalities. £20 from NotOnTheHighStreet.
5. This is a serious desk tidy. You can tell because it's made in serious dark-coloured wood and has a sober price tag of £39. According to the Scotts of Stow description, it's a Navy-style desk tidy 'reminiscent of campaign pieces', which passes 'serious' and heads into 'ominous' territory. Whatever. It looks very smart and classic and I like the drawer (I love miniature drawers as much as I love boxes, books, notebooks and toast. ie. Lots).