Top positive review
Mesh makes it easier to see bottom 2 shelves (more light); slanted area for standing files is a plus
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2019
This is why I chose to buy this inexpensive desk organizer: I help take care of an elderly person in the very early stages of dementia, and am trying to figure out a way to better organize his communication, etc. He and his family want to extend his independent living situation as long as possible. There are a lot of very clever devices on the market for people in the early stages of dementia, some of which he now owns, but I couldn’t find anything to help with the daily organization of papers, bills, etc., so I’m trying to make my own.
I bought this simple desk organizer to see if I can create something useful. I chose it because besides being rather inexpensive, it’s not too big, the mesh and light color makes it easier to see what is sitting on a shelf, and it allows for horizontal and vertical storage. On the top horizontal shelf, which is oddly shaped, I am going to attach several small labeled boxes, one for his stamps, one for his return address labels, and one for each of the five sets of pre-printed mailing address labels that I made up for the five people he corresponds with the most. On the next shelf I’m going to tape a note on the end that says “mail to show the kids”; on the bottom shelf I’ll attach a label that says “checkbook” or something they all want him to keep better track of. Then I’m going to make a bright colorful file folder with each kid’s name on it, and place the file folders in the back inserts, which is on slanted shelf so that it’s easier to see all the folders. This will be a centralized place where he can place notes and papers for each specific kid. (He often says he’ll write himself a note to remember to tell someone something, then misplaces the note. I am hoping this will help him and his kids keep track of things better, because now there will be a central spot the kids can direct their dad to place his mail, etc., and remain on the phone while he does so.) This may not really help the situation, but if it improves things even little bit and helps stave off moving him to assisted living for a few more weeks, it will be worth.
In addition to the features I listed above, this desk organizer has evenly spaced ridges (can’t be seen in the picture) across each shelf and in the file folder section in the back. Therefore, nothing lays completely flat anywhere. I think these were put in so it’s easier to pick an item back up or grab a folder, but it does detract from storage functionality on the small, oddly shaped, top shelf. I’m attaching two pictures of the empty organizer next to recognizable stationary objects, since it was hard for me to visualize the size from the pictures on Amazon. The organizer is sitting on a couple of letter size boxes containing 100 file folders (so a little bigger than 8.5 x 11.5 inches), and I’m including a front and side view.