4 handy non-work items to have at your desk

So you’ve started an office job and you are now the proud owner of a small plot of desk space in cubicle-land. While you may have already gathered the essentials – notebooks, pens, file folders – there are a few things you might not have thought of to keep your workdays running smoothly. (Apologies, gentlemen, but this list is mainly for the ladies).

1. Health(ier) snacks – As tempting as it may be to dig into one or two or ten of the cookies that your coworker brought in, chances are that you don’t want to spiral into a sugar coma mid-meeting. Stash some nuts, dried fruit, or whole grain crackers in a drawer to curb your munchies.

2. Wardrobe extras – A pair of flats can save the day if your heels break (or just plain hurt); a spare cardigan can keep you warm when the A/C kicks in. If you’re dressing business or even business casual, you might find it helpful to keep a spare set of pantyhose tucked away in the event of a run in your current pair.

3. Dental essentials – Who doesn’t dread glancing in the mirror after a long day and finally noticing the piece of spinach from your lunch still lingering in your teeth? A toothbrush and toothpaste, some floss, and a pack of gum can work wonders, especially if you have any post-lunch meetings.

4. Miniature medicine cabinet – It might sound strange, but you won’t question this one when a slew of emails makes your head pound. Handy OTC remedies include ibuprofen, antacids, and allergy medicine. Other items such as cough drops, band aids, and feminine products might also come to the rescue someday.

Where should you keep all this stuff? If you have a bit of extra drawer space, tuck it all away and forget about it until you need it. If not, find a cute container to hold everything neatly under your desk. It never hurts to be prepared!


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