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They say a messy desk is a sign of creativity (at least the messy people do) but wouldn't some organization be a breath of fresh air? Papers everywhere, not a pen in sight, and Post-Its floating around like a ticker tape parade may make it seem like you're working hard, but when your 2:00 meeting rolls in, your area looks more "pigsty" than professional. Get your items in order, clear your chaos, and you can still be as "creative" as before…just now you'll know where your staple remover is. Here are seven desk top items that add style, sophistication, and storage.

Gold 4 Cup Kiara Desk Organizer with Tray

Gold 4 Cup Via worldmarket.com

Give your desk the royal treatment by keeping your odds and ends neatly stowed away in cups of gold. The Gold 4 Cup Kiara Desk Organizer with Tray adds a high-end touch to your workspace, keeping your things in order while serving up stylish appeal. The golden metal cups are attached to the tray, so everything stays in one area, leaving you plenty of desk space to work. Place your pens, paper clips, thumbtacks, and other items in the gold cups, giving way to a tidy space that shines.

Cost: $22.49 (on sale!)

PBteen Organize It System Homework Caddy

PBteen CaddyVia pbteen.com

While this caddy is catered towards tweens and teens, anyone can make use of this fashionable and functional setup, perfect for office or cubicle use. The PBteen Organize It System Homework Caddy is just as effective for workplace organization, with handy places to keep desk supplies, a calendar for marking appointments, and other areas for notes, reminders, and everyday to-dos. Hang on the wall for convenience and a clearer desk top, and transform your space into something more stylish.

Cost: $9.99 - $34.99 (various size options)

Mind Reader Axel Desk Organizer with Charging Station

Mind Reader Via bedbathandbeyond.com

Keep your space sleek, "juice" up your tech gear, and even tuck your keyboard away with one snazzy on-desk organizer. The Mind Reader Axel Desk Organizer with Charging Station is super for maintaining an organized desk with all the bells and whistles you need for modern convenience. You can even place your coffee mug on top when you need a full desk for papers and projects. Charge your devices, confine your gear, and feel put together when everything has its place.

Cost: $19.99

Lipper 4-Tier Bamboo Desk Organizer

Lipper 4-TierVia bedbathandbeyond.com

Stow away your staples, spreadsheets, and everything in-between inside the Lipper 4-Tier Bamboo Desk Organizer. Use the top shelf for easy reach, the storage shelf for books or files, and the bottom drawers for items you want to keep out of site. The natural bamboo is neutral and classic, the design is simple and sturdy, and you'll feel much better about the state of your desk top when everything is orderly and organized.

Cost: $25.99

White House Marketplace Three Bin Desk Organizer

White House MarketplaceVia thewhitehousemarketplace.com

Rustic and reliable, the White House Marketplace Three Bin Desk Organizer is a "shabby chic" storage piece for a desk that's prone to become untidy. Various compartments of different sizes provide space for the usual desktops items that haven't had a "home" until now. The handle and fixtures add a nice touch when you want something eye-catching as well as organizational.

Cost: $24.49

Offex Supplies Organizer

Offex Via overstock.com

Bold and beautiful with a carousel shape and lots of labeling, the Offex Supplies Organizer will turn your previously disheveled desk into a cleaner corner. This organizer rotates for convenience as you keep the essentials in order yet ready when you need something in a snap. Made of all wood and richly colored in deep brown, this supplies organizer will be the centerpiece of a much cleaner workspace.

Cost: $55.99

Tilt Desktop Storage Bin

Tilt Storage BinVia ldproducts.com

Placed on your desktop or mounted to the wall, the Tilt Desktop Storage Bin is the perfect way to stock supplies nicely and neatly within reach. The clear bins let you peer inside so you know where everything is without rummaging through drawers like you used to do. Fill them up with pens, pencils, tape, note pads, you name it. All of your supplies will be stocked seamlessly.

Cost: $25.39

A clear desk = a clear mind. Get organized!

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I thought I had a pretty good handle on my finances out of school. I worked several jobs while attending university and had little to no problem managing my income. However, once I graduated, I realized how much more complicated personal accounting could really be.

There were so many variables I needed to keep track of. Biweekly bills, monthly charges, and general necessities amounted to a heap of confusing numbers that were often impossible to decipher. The funniest part was that I was actually trying to do this by hand (I don't know what I was trying to prove to myself, either).

After messing up for the 17th time, I decided to give Microsoft Excel a shot. I used Excel a bit in school and I knew all the big-wig finance people used it, so what could I possibly have to lose? The answer is about six hours of my precious time. Excel isn't much of an improvement over handwriting and it's still dependent on the user to manually input all of the information. It's like doing everything by hand with the slightest help, meaning that it still required a tremendous amount of time and concentration. Well that was all for nothing, I guess.

It's sort of funny. I was certain that I could manage my personal finances with ease, when it's practically a full-time job. I was already stressed out enough with my first job and I knew I didn't have enough time to give my finances the attention it deserved.

That's why I decided to try out a budgeting app. My best friend told me that he uses an app called Truebill to manage his finances. "What does it even mean to manage your finances?" I asked him. He told me that Truebill was the personal financial assistant I wished I could have. It could aggregate all of my account information into one place and give me specific insights and actions.

I loved the idea of having full control over my finances, especially during a time of financial uncertainty, and I realized that Truebill would be the easiest way to accomplish this. The user interface is incredibly simple and intuitive, so it doesn't even feel like a finance app! Truebill offers a multitude of features, with their most popular being the ability to cancel subscriptions with the press of a button.

Okay, I had no idea how many subscriptions I was still subscribed to. In fact, I wasn't even using a quarter of the subscription services I was signed up for. Subscription boxes, streaming services, my old gym, and even an old subscription to my favorite magazine--it was all there and I was livid. How could I let myself waste all of this money and how did I never catch this? Thank goodness for Truebill.

Truebill also offers bill negotiations. There is a 40% fee based on how much you save and Truebill even claims that there is an 85% chance that they'll be able to lower your bill once a negotiation is requested. Why wouldn't I take them up on this? There was zero risk and I would only have to pay once my bill was lowered (which means that I would be saving money regardless).

More standard features of Truebill include the ability to generate a credit report on-demand and even request a pay advance. I only used the pay advance feature once when I wanted to buy a gift for my mom, but didn't have enough cash in hand and Truebill automatically reimbursed itself when I got my next paycheck.

The credit report is another fantastic feature and practically taught me what good credit meant. Truebill's credit report basically shows you which financial decisions have the most significant impact on your credit score and ways that you can improve your credit month-over-month. I've never had such control over my credit and it feels good.

I'll be the first to admit that I was extremely naive coming out of school. I figured that as long as I was attentive, I could manage my finances with ease. We manage money to some extent throughout our entire lives, but once you're thrown out on your own, it's a completely different story. With Truebill, I've finally been able to take control over my finances and stay on top of all of my responsibilities.

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