Back to School ~ Quirky’s Cordies and Pen Zen {Review}

Thank you to Quirky for providing me with Cordies and Pen Zen, free of charge, for review.  These are my own honest opinions.  


Have you ever heard of Quirky?  Quirky makes invention accessible by partnering with creative people around the world to help them bring their great ideas to life. All of these products were designed and developed by Quirky in collaboration with hundreds of our online community members.  The outcome is awesome – such fun, innovative products sure to be unique, playful and useful!

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Do you have a child who is organizing their at-home desk space or preparing for a dorm room or apartment?  I am nearly something that can be found at Quirky that would be useful for them!  I was sent two Quirky products to review – Cordies and Pen Zen – and love the innovation behind both of these that solve desk-area needs that nearly everyone has!  

Cordies ~ 4 color options ~ $9.99 each

We all have multiple cords and cables that we are using at our desk – for me it is my laptop power cord, my iPhone USB cord and when using a wired mouse, my mouse cable.  When it is time to hit the road, however, I quickly unplug and place my laptop in my bag … and in the past, this would send said cords and cables slithering across my desk and down behind it.  Now I have to do a strange yoga pose to retrieve those cables – OR – I could use my new Cordies!


Cordies keeps my cords weighted down and also organized, free from tangling.  The base is weighted for stability, so even slithering cords won’t knock it off balance or pull it off of the table.  It is quite small, so it takes up very little desk space.  The ‘coils’ are tight enough to hold even the thinnest of cables!  I see this as a must-have for your college student’s send-off package!

QUirky cordies

Pen Zen ~ 2 color options ~ $19.99 each

I especially love Pen Zen because I am known for having paper clips scattered all about at my desk, but even moreso because of another use I have found for it that is especially convenient for me!  The intended use of Pen Zen is to neatly store pens, pencils, highlighters, and other office supplies. Pen Zen’s sleek form and functional supply holders make it easy to master the art of organization.  You can position it horizontally – with items extending out of the top – or stand it upright and have the items come out of the ends.  You can pick what works best for you!  I love that under the beautiful bamboo surface are hidden magnets that allow you to store paper clips and other small magnetic items.

Quirky Pen Zen

When putting my paper clips on the front of the Pen Zen, another small magnetic item came to mind that I make a mess with: bobby pins!  I buy them unnecessarily over and over because I lose the ones I have after one use because I don’t have a great place to store them other than a bathroom drawer.  Now I can use the Pen Zen to organize my makeup brushes on the inside and hold my bobby pins on the outside!

The rubberized “teeth” on the interior of the Pen Zen – available in grey and blue – do an incredible job of keeping pens, highlighters, pencils, makeup brushes and other items such as these in place and easily accessible!  I really love the Pen Zen and will be using it – either in my bathroom or my office – for a long time!

Buy It!  You can purchase these two Quirky products as well as many others directly from the Quirky website!


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I am "Mommy" to 3 little girls, ages 5, 3, and nearly 1. In July 2012 I traded in my IT career to be full-time at-home mommy! I love try new products that make life easier with 3, such as baby gear, toys and organizational products. I love spending time in the kitchen and would ultimately love to open my own bakery one day! You can e-mail me at You can also check out my other blog, Tired+Tried!


  1. Bekah Kuczenski says

    I have never heard of Quirky, but I want a cordie! It would be perfect for our computer desk where we keep all out chargers!

  2. hannah says

    These are very clever solutions to common problems. I could really use a cordie! I’m always digging for fallen cords. I also like the double-duty pen holder!

  3. Sandy VanHoey says

    Neat products. I have so many cords near the computer my grandson uses and they are all tangled up so that would be great.

  4. Maryann D. says

    What a great idea with the Cordies. I have such a mess with my cords near the computer and outlets. I would love these and the colors are super.

  5. Jennifer Young says

    Love the cordies! I could definitely use them by my computer. It is a MESS!

  6. Janet W. says

    I love the cordies! I could use this on my night stand to plug in my cell phone, baby monitor, and ipad. My cords always fall down!

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