When you’re at work, the last thing you want is a catastrophe. Fortunately, a lot of work catastrophes can be avoided with a little forethought. Here are 15 things to keep in your desk to avoid one!
- Snacks. I’m a big supporter of keeping snacks in your desk. You never know when hunger will strike!
- Pain Medication. Similarly, you never know when a killer headache will show up. Just in case, keep your pain medication of choice readily available.
- A Blanket. Offices are cold, even in the middle of summer. Having a blanket on hand can help warm you up!
- Warm Socks. Similarly, keeping a pair of warm socks will keep your toes warm if it doesn’t feel appropriate to drape a blanket over your lap.
- Flats. Heels can be a literal pain. I like to keep a pair of flats in my desk in case my feet ever start to hurt too bad, or my boss and I take an impromptu walking meeting.
- Deodorant. Just in case!
- Feminine Products. While reusable feminine products are great, sometimes you need a backup supply when you’re unprepared. Keep a small variety in your desk so you’re always ready! (And who knows, your coworkers might really appreciate it, too.)
- Gum or Mints. I love garlic as much as the next person, but it doesn’t make for great conversation afterward. Keep some gum or mints available in case your lunch is a bit stinkier than expected.
- A Phone Charger. Being without a charged phone is rough. Keep a charger available that you can easily plug into your outlet or USB port so you’re never without.
- Tissues. Not all employers provide tissues. Even if yours does, make sure you’re always stocked!
- Nail Clippers or a Nail File. Nothing distracts me more than a broken nail. If the sound of nail clippers grosses you out (reasonable), at least have a nail file on hand for a quick fix.
- Cash or Spare Change. In case you run out of snacks, have some change or cash on hand for the vending machine.
- A Water Bottle. Stay hydrated! If the community cups are gross (or worse, disposable), having a reusable water bottle is good for you and the environment.
- Headphones. Sometimes you just need to focus and tune everything else out.
- Silverware. I’ve had far too many instances where I went to the kitchen to get silverware for my salad and… none were available. I don’t know if people steal the communal silverware or what, but always having your own set available can be a big lifesaver.
Navigating office culture can be tough, but with a little preparation, you can avoid a work catastrophe!