This $100 Container Store Cabinet Fits Everything, From Nail Polish to Important Papers

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 ten-drawer cabinets, my storage saviors for everything from check stubs to nail polish to ribbon to stationery to 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.) 

Cabinet drawers open with stationery inside
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 ten-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 what they were hiding from their 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) all reside in one tidy spot. And in the case of the ten-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.

Cabinet drawer open showing nail polish stored inside
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, lets just say thank goodness for my clean and clutter-free desk, or this story may have never happened.

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