Have you recently started a new business? Are setting up a home office? Were you just hired and you’re wondering how to stock your cubicle? If your answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, we’ve got you covered! Sometimes, it can be hard to know exactly what to purchase so that your workspace is the perfect blend of minimal and useful.
In this blog post, we’ll be going over the essential office supplies for desk organization. If you don’t want to spend a bunch of time creating your own list and trying to remember everything, this is the perfect post for you. Check it out!
1. Lots of paper
Naturally, paper is one of the most essential office supplies for desk organization. The type(s) of paper you’ll want will vary greatly, depending on exactly what type of work you do. The most obvious kind of paper – and one that almost everyone ends up needing – is printer paper.
Your business or the company you work for may have their own printer but it’s always good to have some extra sheets on hand for emergencies. Also consider keeping some lined, three hole punch paper available in case you have to draft a quick outline or jot down ideas on the go.
2. A daily planner
When you step into the world of business, life can begin to go by in a whirl. Suddenly, you wonder where all your time went – and if you can ever get it back. One relatively simple way to keep on top of your schedule is to invest in a daily (or even hourly) planner. By listing and prioritizing important tasks, you’ll be better able to plan your day. Better planning means less time spent wondering how you’ll squeeze everything into your schedule.
3. Pens and pencils
A lot of communications and note-taking happens on our phones and laptops these days. Going paper free does have a lot of advantages, but sometimes you do need to physically write something down.
Additionally, it often feels better to use a pen or pencil instead of a keyboard. With that in mind, consider investing in some high quality writing implements. They’ll last longer and work better than the cheap pens and pencils from a dollar store.
Few things are more frustrating than desperately needing a pair of scissors and being unable to find some. Scissors may not be at the top of your to-buy list, but they probably should be. They are useful for so many things; you’ll want to have a good, heavy duty pair of scissors for opening boxes, trimming papers, and so many other things.
5. Binders and file folders
If you have to deliver a report, one of the best ways to do so is in a crisp, new binder. Not only does it look classy and professional, it also really is the best way to keep your papers safe and neat.
The same can be said of file folders as well. If there aren’t enough papers to fill a good binder, a file folder is also a great option – for both presenting and organizing your documents. As with all the items on this list, take care to invest in good quality. You won’t regret it.
6. Comfortable office furniture
If you spend six or seven hours a day in your office/cubicle, you know how essential it is that you be comfortable. Having a desk that’s too high (or too low) can make work a nightmare. Or what about a stiff, hard chair?
If you need to purchase or replace your office furniture (and if you’re allowed to do so by your company), get to it right away! Test different chairs and desks and make sure the measurements of both are right for you.
7. A bulletin board
Even if there’s a bulletin board set up in the main office or break room, it’s still a good idea to purchase one for your own workspace. Being able to hang pictures of your loved ones, a calendar, inspirational quotes, or important work reminders…it’s great. You’ll probably find yourself using your bulletin board so often that you’ll wonder how you got anything done without it.
8. Good electronics
It’s a great idea to invest in a new laptop or computer when you begin to outfit your workspace. Not only is it fun to start off fresh with new technology, but having a separate device solely for work helps keep your life organized – and balanced.
You’ll also want to purchase a good mouse, speakers, printer, and even a laminating machine. Make sure you have all the technology necessary to do your work well. You won’t regret it.
9. Envelopes and stamps
Having a good, steady supply of mailing material on hand will cut out tedious trips to the post office. And saving time is always a good idea! Have a variety of materials on hand – stamps of different values, plain white envelopes, manila envelopes, bubble envelopes, and even some boxes.