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Why should kids get all the clean notebooks, new backpacks, and fresh pens? As fall approaches and backto-school season arrives, this week we’re rounding up our favorite office items that will give your desk or WFH space new life.

When I finally got room for a home office in my new apartment, I knew that meant I’d have to get organized—fast. Desk clutter impacts my creativity (and not in a positive way), but, ironically, working as a writer involves collecting a surprising amount of stuff. 

Enter the Bisley five- and 10-drawer cabinets, my storage saviors for everything from check stubs and nail polish to ribbons and press gifts, which I stockpile to give to friends when we meet up for dinner. (A girl can only use so many free eyeliners at once.) 

Photography by Belle Morizio; Styling by Julia Stevens

The metal drawers, which line an entire wall at my local Container Store, come in at least a dozen fun shades (from baby pink to sage to aqua) that would go with anyone’s decor scheme, but I knew my color combo from the start: a 10-drawer cabinet in white, topped by a five-drawer version in a bright sunny yellow to match the poster that lives above it.

The best part about my Bisleys is how much they hold. Even though I have nearly hundreds of blank cards and yards of ribbon tucked away in the drawers, you’d never know it from the cabinets’ sleek, low-profile design. Plus you can buy drawer inserts that divide space even further, so now my ribbons never get tangled and all my tiny glass bottles (don’t ask; I thought they were cute) reside in one tidy spot. And in the case of the 10-drawer cabinet, the drawers get larger from top to bottom, so I store important papers and lipsticks in the slimmest ones, and charging cords in the bigger ones.

Photography by Belle Morizio; Styling by Julia Stevens

I can’t imagine what kind of disorganized mess I’d be without my Bisleys. Birthday cards wouldn’t go out on time and my nails might never get painted on Sundays while I watch Mad About You. And my work, well, let’s just say thank goodness for my clean and clutter-free desk, or this story might never have happened.

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Bisley Yellow 5-Drawer Cabinet, The Container Store ($100)

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