I’m a person who likes easy access to my stuff. When I leave the house, I bring a bag with a book, and a notebook, and sunglasses, and a toothbrush and a hat, and another bag, and probably a change of socks. I don’t like clutter, but I know what pens I like, and I want them easy to get to. I know that at some point I’m going to need a granola bar, and I want to know exactly where one is. I know that if the zombie apocalypse comes, I’m going to want quick access to a good zombie apocalypse novel, so I’ll have something to read while I eat my last remaining granola bar.
The point is, while I appreciate the overall clean profile and simple lines of an adjustable standing desk, and I understand why you don’t usually* build them with drawers, my mind immediately cries but where do I keep my things?
Fortunately for me, the solutions are many and varied. There are pencil trays you can bolt to the underside of your desk, all subtle-like, and a wide (frankly alarming) array of desk-top organizers. But the simplest solution is probably a File Pedestal. What on earth am I talking about? I’m glad you asked. It’s basically a mini filing cabinet, but better because it’s designed to hold things besides just hanging files (let’s be honest, ain’t nobody need that many personal hanging files. Like, 80 at most). Plus it also serves as a side table, footrest, and, in a pinch, a less-uncomfortable-than-it-looks seat for when somebody stops by your desk.
The other thing about file pedestals is that they’re deceptively small. Or large. I’ve never been able to figure out which way that phrase goes. What I’m getting at is that a surprising lot fits inside one.
One day we’ll take a look inside my very own Sidekick file pedestal, and on that day, I will explode your concept of the internal capacity of a file ped. Today is not that day. I don’t think you’re ready. So we’re going to ease into this with a more conservative pedestal than my own. And so, I bring you the contents of the file pedestal of Tony Z, our warranty magician. Truth be told, the meager contents of his Sidekick took advantage of less than half of the available volume. He also uses ballpoint pens. What can I even say.
So, What's in Tony's Sidekick?
- Apple Macbook box (empty - disappointing)
- Wire management grommet (1; 80mm, black)
- USB - Micro USB cable (1; black, the fancy kind)
- Coasters (6; paper, not the fancy kind)
- Surgical tubing (18.5” - there is a legitimate, warranty-related reason for this)
- Carbon and Alloy Assembly Compound (1 tube - you said what now?)
- Padded envelopes (45; 5” x 7”)
- Twisties (2; white, black)
- Tape measure (10’ retracting)
- Thank you card (1 - heartwarming)
- Pedal washer (~1 tsp)
- Allen keys (4; assorted)
- Socket wrenches (2; assorted)
- Notebooks (3; assorted)
- Oreos (single stuf - out of respect, I refrained from a thorough inventory of these.)
- Screws (12; assorted)
- Zip lock bags (way too many; 1.5” x 2”)
- Keyboard (wired, white)
- Hands-free headset box (empty)
- Spare headphone/headset nubbins (7; black)
- Felt-tip marker (1; black)
- Pens (5; black, blue, purple)
- Sheet of paper with gigantic signature on it? (1 - Tony declined to comment)
What's in your Sidekick?