We have an usual review today but one about which I’ve been pretty excited. The fine folks at Shoplet sent over the following organizational materials from Deflect-o:
These cubes arrived in a large box full of enough bubble wrap to make my 3-year-old happy, right after Henry got here, which sort of delayed the review. But what mostly took so long was putting these items to use and living with them in Pencil Revolution HQ for a week or two to see how we like them. And we LIKE them.
First, I was sceptical of the plastic. Aesthetically, metal, wood and ceramic just seem to “fit” with pencils and pencil gear to me. My two favorite pencil cups are a thrifted, black, glossy ceramic cup and a handmade vessel I bought at an artfair in grad school. But the “clearness” of the plastic really blended into the background colors of our brick wall and the colorful items contained therein. And, well, it’s durable. When the box came, I carried the cubes up our relatively steep stairs after a particularly sleepless night with the newborn. I fell. The cubes fell. I think I landed on some. They were all fine. And after a day or two, so was my knee.
These cubes have little indentations and come with metal clips to attach them to one another at any of their four sides. I originally tried them in a 2×2 pattern, but I settled on 4-across, on top of the short bookshelf which usually holds, as my wife puts it, clutter.
As you can see, I’ve got various pocket notebooks in the open cube; pens that I prefer to store horizontally in the x-cube (Microns, Sharpen pens, Le Pens); pens in the 2-drawer cube; and various small pencil accessories in the 4-drawer cube. The obvious thing I’d consider a flaw is that the cubes are not deep enough to hold full-length pencils. But I understand that most people who buy these are not buying them for that purpose. The x-cube, turned onto it’s side, would probably make a great pencil
cup cube. As it is, I have a few pencil cups on top of Cube Row, and this works fine.
I think that a successful organization tool should fit into a space/situation and organize, not shift a situation or make things more difficult to access or really stand out. These cubes do just that. I walk past them dozens of times a day, and they blend into the room well enough that I don’t notice them. I do notice them when I have an easier time locating my Granate sharpener or the little notebook in which I track my weight daily.
I assumed I would put these away after writing this review, but these cubes are staying put. I am usually suspicious (for some reason) of organizational products, but these are some I plan to keep using.
[Aziza has a great review (with much better photos) at Gourmet Pens Comrades should check out.]