Get It Together is your weekly guide to organizing your entire life.
You spend countless hours at your desk, and yet it’s probably a wasteland of stacked paper, dusty staplers, and empty water bottles. It’s easy to forget about organizing your work space when you’re drowning in a flood of emails, but getting your life together will make you look more professional and help you get things done faster.
And there’s really no better time to organize your work space than now. Remember back when you were a kid and August was the time to get crisp new notebooks and fresh pens for school? This is the grown-up version. Use the list below as a guide to sprucing up your cubicle before September rolls around and that tsunami of email doubles.
The 2018 Planner You Can Use Now
Want to get something done? It’s more likely to happen if you write it down.
The Pen You Should Buy in Multiples
A Stylish Way to Organize Piles of Paper
Sure, you could get standard black binder clips for less money, but these look so much more polished.
A Hack for Hanging Photos
Is there anything sadder than a cubicle covered in fabric so thin it won’t hold up photos? These pearl corsage pins will keep your pictures in place and look good doing it.
A Handsome Magnetic Paper-Clip Holder
With a marble magentic top and gold paper clips, this is far nicer than the corporate-branded ones you’d find at a job fair.
An Arty Post-it Set
An Elegant Paper Sorter
A Pretty Pen Cup
A Grown-Up Alternative to Your Water Bottle
Save the metal thermos for the gym.
A Minimalist Stapler
A Cozy Desk Lamp
Because fluorescent lighting is slowly draining your soul.
Sleek White Headphones
With over 3,000 positive ratings, these inexpensive headphones will let you drown out extraneous sound.
Soothing Cubicle Art
Durable, Attractive Scissors
The Power Notebook
Our friends at the Strategist agree — nothing is more glamorous to whip out in a meeting than a Smythson notebook.
A Safe Place for Your Receipts
A Desk Blanket
A Better Way to Hide Your Junk Piles
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