My Most-Used Office Supplies

by - August 18, 2021

When I made the transition from working mom to work-at-home mom, it was pretty dang life changing. Suddenly I had all the flexibility my previous job lacked and only myself to be responsible for on a day-to-day basis. Not to mention the fact that I haven't had to miss a single thing when it comes to Alexis.

On the flip side, my organizational skills, attention to detail, and deadline-driven mind have come in clutch for this supervisor-less role. It takes a lot of planning and self-discipline to work at home on your own.

Thankfully, there are a ton of tools out there to help me stay on track, even when my schedule gets blown up unexpectedly. And today I'm sharing my most-used products, some of which might surprise you.

Before we dive into this list, I want to clarify that I did not include some of the more obvious things like my desk, chair, lamp, computer or printer, all of which get used daily.

Pens - This goes without saying, right? You can't have an office without writing utensils, but there are pens and there are pens. As a self-appointed office supply snob, I'm pretty picky when it comes to my pens. Right now, I'm really loving these Paper Mate InkJoy gel pens and these ones that are like a fine point marker.

Notepads - I might actually have a problem when it comes to these. I tend to collect notebooks and/or journals faster than I can actually use them. However, I am pretty old-fashioned about a lot of things, and prefer to physically write things down, be it lists or info in general. These mini steno-style notepads are my favorite to keep on hand.

Monthly & Weekly Planner - Once upon a time, I tried to keep separate planners for work and non-work. Now, I use one big planner to keep track of everything that's going on in my life. My current planner is The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. I also have a wall-mounted, dry-erase weekly schedule so that appointments are front-and-center.

Digital Sticky Notes - I would be lost without these. I use these for all sorts of things like keeping up with my monthly spending and important info I can easily reference.

Ergonomic Mouse Pad - This was honestly one of the best things I bought for myself last year. Hours of working at a computer leaves my wrists sore and stiff. This ergonomic mouse pad provides just the right amount of support. Now all I need is a matching wrist support for my keyboard.

Storage - This is kind of a catch-all category to encompass the many types of storage I have in my office. I have this desktop organizer and three bookcases, and I honestly need another bookcase and a small filing cabinet.

Fuzzy Blanket - You might be thinking, since when are blankets considered office supplies? I present to you the following argument: I work better when I'm comfortable. A fuzzy blanket instantly ups my comfort level, regardless of the season.

Fingernail Clippers & File - The habit of keeping a pair of nail clippers and file in my desk began at the TV station. So much computer work, aka typing, wreaks havoc on my nails, and I don't tend to notice that I need a trim until I'm in my office and break or crack a nail.

Blue Light Glasses - These have made such a difference in my life. My eye strain is not nearly as bad. My regular glasses have blue light blocking technology built into the frames, but I started with this pair and they are amazing.

Postage Scale - This was perhaps one of the smartest purchases I've ever made. Between the scale and, now I don't have to go to the post office every time I need to drop a package in the mail.

Ring Light - This isn't really something I use for work, but it is something I use practically every day, and since it resides in my office, I figured I would include it on this list. I love the adjustable stand and the phone clamp. It also has a wireless remote and several light frequencies.

Over-the-Door Hook - I use this for jackets, that way they're not draped over my desk chair and don't end up crumpled in the floor or a makeshift bed for the cat.

AP Stylebook - And last, but certainly not least, the journalist's Bible. For real, I reference this sucker at least once a week.

So those are my most-used home office supplies. Tell me what office supplies you can't live without in the comments!

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