Maybe it’s a carryover from the days of lusting over Trapper Keepers and 72-color crayon sets with a built-in pencil sharpener, but is there anything more intoxicating than buying office supplies? My official office (like, when I’m not typing on the couch) is a massive table that holds my printer, document holders, my various containers for organizing pens, paintbrushes, and art supplies, and provides a little space underneath for boxes and filing folders. It’s not the best system but it’s certainly not the worst. Here’s a collection of my favorite things for keeping it professional and some items (some necessary, some totally not) that I’ve been daydreaming about adding to my home office.
1. A gorgeous table lamp from Cerno. Light is a necessity and surely being surrounded by good design results in good work. 2. Colored craft and marking tape from Japan. I don’t know what I would do with it, but the Japanese have the awesome tape market cornered. 3. I love the fine line provided by mechanical pencils but sometimes they feel kind of disposable. Canoe (based in Portland!) carries the best looking one I’ve ever seen and I bet it feels good in your hand. 4. For some reason, a to-do list is just more official on legal paper. I’ve been going through these things like crazy. 5. Another option for to-do lists and branding brainstorms, Kaufmann Mercantile brags that these Le Kraft notebooks will withstand “the hands of lumberjack”. I don’t have lumberjack hands but the notebooks sound nice and they’re refillable! 6. I’m not sure what these are called. Accordion file folders? Anyway, I just got one the other day to keep receipts, invoices, and monthly expenses neatly contained. I feel pretty good about it.
What are your favorite office must-haves?