What’s in your desk?

A messy desk drawer.Here at ProfHacker, we’ve earlier held discussions on What’s in your bag? and What’s in your lunch bag?. Today let’s talk about what essentials you keep in your desk (if you have one!), whether it be at home or work. Most of us keep the usual office supplies, but it can also be helpful to keep a few personal items on hand. Just as it is advisable to keep a stash of emergency items at your home, keeping a few necessities in your desk can save you precious time. Here is a list of a few items I have on hand in my on-campus desk, beyond the usual paper files:

Standard office supplies:

  • Stapler/staples
  • Paper clips
  • Binder clips
  • Official stationery
  • Business cards
  • Scissors
  • Tape (with dispenser)

Personal items:

  • Mints
  • Over-the-counter pain medicines
  • Antacids
  • Deodorant
  • Contact lens solution
  • Cough drops
  • Facial tissue
  • Band-aids
  • Antihistamines
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Tea bags
  • Hair comb/brush
  • Lip balm
  • Candy

What do you keep in your desk?

[Photo by Heather Whitney and used with permission.]

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