…but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn’t bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it’s not okay because if they take my stapler then I’ll set the building on fire… “ (Milton Waddams, Office Space)
Okay, so perhaps some people can get a little too attached to their workspace and its contents, but I get it, I do. Whether your desk is in an office or at home, if it’s where you spend the majority of your time it’s important that you like being there. I’m lucky – my office is in a lovely Georgian building overlooking a London square, and the fairy lights strung on my shelves, pictures of penguins, Mark Ruffalo and the little Toy Story aliens around my desk don’t raise any eyebrows. I do keep my desk tidy though – if it’s a mess I start to panic and find it really hard to focus (not sure why I don’t feel the same way at home, where clutter reigns…). I have to make lists too. Currently I’m using this Sigel Conceptum squared notebook which I love – the square rule makes me write really neatly, which is pleasing, but this Meadow Bloom desk planner (£7, from Paperchase) is a lovely alternative:
Wall planners are really useful, but often so dull to look at. They needn’t be! I’m really taken with this one festooned with a retro dog and bird design (£6.99, Amazon), and love the decal stickers that are available, like this one below. They are quite pricey – I imagine they’d be fairly easy to recreate with blackboard paint though, if you are DIY-minded.
I doubt it would meet Milton’s exacting requirements (or mine – too small), but for a little light stapling how fun is Staple City? It’s £12.99 from Mocha.
One of the worst things about working in an office is the horrible strip lighting – glaringly bright in the middle of the room but gloomy in the corners. I have two desk lamps in my corner that give a softer light and stop me getting a headache – one is the blue version of this that I got on sale for £4.50! This Anglepoise, £68 from John Lewis, is just gorgeous and oh, I want it so much *sigh*
For an array of office essentials, Muji are great – their range of clear acrylic storage helps to create a clean, uncluttered look – but they’re also a good place to look for quirkier pieces. I’ve just bought one of these pen stands (currently on sale at £3.50 – bargain!):
Finally, if money were no object I would purchase my Holy Grail of office-organising equipment, the Vitra Unten.Silo wall storage unit. Behold its place-for-everything glory! It makes me feel calm and efficient just looking at it. Let’s not think about the price*, eh?