Happiness is a very small desk and a very big wastebasket. — Robert Orben
Desks are life’s command stations. From there we apply for jobs, complete assignments, plan vacations, write novels, and scan the internet for photos of celebrity’s cellulite so we can feel better about ourselves in a bikini. As a result, desks, like bedrooms, are very personal spaces and their states becomes a metaphor for our lives in general — controlled chaos, perfectly systematized, completely swamped, etc.
As we curate our workspace, we arm it with indispensable items that help us wrangle our day-to-day, and sometimes, are even pretty to look at. No matter what I throw out on designated clean-up days, these things will never see a wastebasket…
Storage Facilities Made from Salvaged Containers
I’ll never understand why people pay for desk accessories when a washed 28-ounce food can and an old box will suffice. The Tory Burch gift box houses post-it notes, staples, and fountain pen ink cartridges while the recycled can stores my pen supply. Equal parts kitschy, functional, and green!
Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style”
Sometimes, I forget how to use commas. This little book reminds me when punctuation is necessary.
Kiehl’s Hand Salve and Chantecaille Lip Chic gloss stick in Zinnia
For when the postman rings twice, hand cream and lipstick are never far from reach
It’s red, compact, portable, features monthly as well as weekly calendars, and gives me note pages. The added bonus of stickers makes me feel both organized and like a kid again — how can I miss martini night when there’s a bright neon green sticker to remind me!?
Vintage Stapler loaded with colored staples
When it comes to staplers, I’m very fussy. Milton Waddams ain’t got nothing on me. This one has been in the family longer than I have and I refuse to share it. I gave up on standard silver staples in high school — the red slash in the corner of my resume is my version of Elle Woods’ scented paper.
Vitamin D3 Supplements
Vitamin D is the new super vitamin, apparently. Spending most of the winter cooped up inside depletes resources. I take my daily dose to stay happy and healthy, do you?
Quiet, Supportive Companions
Meet Jorge, Mozart and Mooey.
Jorge is my traveling NY Yankees gnome. I bought him one night after watching an Amazing Race Travelocity challenge episode. Jorge has seen some pretty cool places since then.
Mozart is a reminder that I’m cultured.
Mooey is a flashlight that moos, and is the only thing that will stop my dog from trying to eat my bird for dinner.
A 5-lbs Dumbbell
Just because you’ve got your ass in a chair and deadlines to meet, doesn’t mean you can’t pump some iron and workout those biceps. Can you tell I’m a big believer in multitasking?
So, common, your turn… what’s on your desk?
2 thoughts on “Indispensable Desk Items”
I have one of these and a tape dispenser shaped like a snail:
The indispensable item is the Mac. After that, I also have a moleskin for taking notes (which I prefer to do on paper). Nearby, I have a lot of office standards like envelops and stamps, staplers, and the cord for the printer. No mascots, as of yet.