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• Last updated: June 7, 2024

15 Things Every Man Should Have in His Desk

More companies have been asking their employees to return to the office after a long, pandemic-induced period of working from home. One change this transition brings is not being able to access needed personal items from your household’s ample stock of supplies; you have to import all the things you like to have on hand into your professional home away from home. To make your in-person workday as effective and bearable as possible, consider setting up your office desk with the following items:

  1. Clothes. A spare suit or sport jacket for impromptu but important meetings, a sweater or sweatshirt to manage aggressive A/C, and a spare shirt and pants in the event of a spill.
  2. Toiletries. Deodorant, a toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, and cologne in case you need to freshen yourself up for lunches, meetings, and after-work cocktails.
  3. Lint Roller. For when you look down and notice your clothes are covered with lint or pet hair.
  4. Breath Mints/Gum. For when you need to freshen the breath, chomp your way through stress, or alleviate boredom with a minty palate pleaser.
  5. Hand Sanitizer. Keep germs at bay in a communal space.
  6. Snacks. Something healthy with a long shelf life, like almonds.
  7. Framed Pictures. Of family and friends. 
  8. Cash. You never know when you’ll need some greenbacks. $40 and a handful of coins should do it.
  9. Novel. To read over lunch and rest your eyes from heavy screen usage for five to ten minutes every hour (should your boss allow it).
  10. Headphones. A godsend for your productivity, especially in cubicle farms. 
  11. Water Bottle. Stay hydrated and eliminate waste. 
  12. Phone Charger. Keep your constant companion at full power for important uses, and definitely not to check Instagram.
  13. Umbrella. For rainy day walks to lunch/your car.
  14. Notebook and Pen. For jotting down all your industry-disrupting, career-advancing ideas.
  15. Mug. A vessel for coffee and tea pick-me-ups.

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