For the last two years I have been attempting to organize my office and create daily systems that work for my family. One of my main problem areas that really bugs me is my bill paying system. At the moment, when I receive a bill, I place it in a small metal mesh bin from The Container Store.
By the end of the month, bill paying time, this bin is a complete mess! I have paper hanging out everywhere and it is crammed full (the basket isn’t as big as you may think from the picture). Basically, it doesn’t add any appeal or organization to my desk. So, it is time to move on to something that can conceal my bills until it is time to pay them.
For the last week, I have been scouring the Internet for the perfect system. Have you seen Alejandra Costello’s YouTube videos? If you haven’t, you have definitely been missing out. She is one organized and inspirational lady who posts videos about how she organizes things in her life (office, pantry, purse, etc.). She also has a Website that you need to check out. And, she has been featured on several television shows (like HSN’s Clean Freaks).
I have subscribed to her Home Organization channel on YouTube and I get pretty excited every time I am notified that she has posted a new video. Currently, she is completing a nine part video series on how she organizes her office. Last week, she posted a video on how she pays her bills every month. Perfect timing, huh?!?!
Of course, after watching the video I wanted everything she used (like always), but her bill holding area really started calling my name. It is the Pottery Barn Bedford Two-Drawer Paper Organizer.
Is it expensive? Yes! So, I started weighing my options and I found a few other alternatives.
What was I looking for when searching?
- It needed to contain at least one drawer.
- It needed to have a holding slot/tray to place mail for future reference.
- I preferred it to be white.
- It needed to be made of wood or a heavy duty material (I want to use it for a long time.)
You would not believe how hard it was to find something half way similar to this mailing station.
2. Ballard Designs Original Home Office Desk Organizer – Medium
3. Victor Wood Tidy Tower Organizer from Staples
4. The Container Store Bigso Bright Stockholm Paper Drawers
5. Austin Desk Organizer from Home Decorators
If you notice, the options do not meet the criteria I was looking for. Plus, some of them were actually more expensive than the Pottery Barn organizer. I didn’t know what to do, so I asked my husband. After showing him all of the options and the one I had my heart set on, he agreed that the Pottery Barn organizer was the best one to purchase.
So, I bit the bullet and ordered the one I really wanted. I normally do not spend that kind of money on an organizing piece, especially if I can find a comparable alternative. But, in this case, nothing was comparable.
I did purchase the organizer on President’s Day when Pottery Barn was offering free shipping on any order. So, that saved me $11.00. Now, I am just waiting for it to arrive on my doorstep.
Look for a future post about my happiness with the organizer and how I am using it.