This post may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you choose to purchase through links I provide.
In this post, I’m excited to share a selection of my personal favorite office items – essentials that have revolutionized my workday. Not only do these products enhance functionality, but they also add an aesthetic charm to my workspace. From well-crafted organizers that bring both beauty and order to my desk, to writing tools that combine style with performance, each item is a blend of practicality and visual appeal. Beyond my top picks, I’ll also provide recommendations for alternative products at various price points. Whether you’re looking to overhaul your workspace or just add a few key items, this post is your guide to creating a space that’s as inspiring as it is functional.
When designing my office space, the first thing I bought was a large pinboard. But because this was going to be a large piece, I didn’t want just any run-of-the-mill board. I opted to spend a little more and get a framed linen pinboard.
You can find pinboards at every price point. I purchased mine from Target, but you can also splurge and buy one from Pottery Barn or West Elm.
Even though I have a calendar on my phone and computer, I still buy a calendar every year. I don’t use the calendar for appointments or due dates. It’s purely for enjoying the pictures. And since my office is mostly white, the calendar allows me to bring in a bit more color to the space.
I typically buy a wall calendar from Rifle Paper Co. They have gorgeous options. You can find small desk calendars, wall calendars, and appointment calendars. This year though, I opted to go with a calendar from Hester & Cook featuring images from Janet Hill. I love how the images add a touch of whimsy to my space.
I have spoken at length about the benefits of keeping a journal. Reflection and writing is a vital part of my routine. After years of keeping a journal, I have found that I prefer a dot grid journal with page numbers. This allows me to use my journal however I see fit.
If you are new to journaling, you may find a traditional lined journal is best for you. And if a large blank page scares you, I recommend a journal with prompts or a one-line-a-day journal.
Pens and Markers
Even though I do a lot of work on my computer and phone, I still do a ton of writing. I like to write out all of my lists with paper and pen, instead of using a digital list. I also keep a journal which I write in and doodle in each month.
I am very particular about the pens and markers that I use. I am team black ink only. I also prefer a felt tip pen over anything else. For markers, I really love a dual-end marker, with a brush tip and a fine point. But I also love pretty highlighters in an array of colors.
Of course with all of the pens and markers, there needs to be a place to put them. I don’t keep all of my markers and pens on my desk. I just keep a small container of a select few that I reach for all the time.
In the past, I would use a pretty cup or mug to hold my pencils. If that is what you have, then that will work. Now I like to use multi-sectioned pencil holders. The sections allow me to keep things a bit more organized.
The office essentials I’ve shared today are more than just tools; they’re part of a productive and enjoyable work environment. I’ve personally experienced the benefits of each item and I hope you find them just as useful. Remember, the goal is to create a space that not only works well but also feels good to be in. Feel free to pick and choose what suits your needs and style. Ultimately, it’s about making your workspace a place where productivity meets personal comfort.