Office Survival Kit

Office Survival Kit

I’m a fan of Marie Kondo’s mission to tidy up people’s lives through de-cluttering. Why? As someone who gets distracted by clutter, I’ve found simplifying and streamlining my life makes it much easier for me to focus. When I can focus, I get multitudes more done with my time and do it in a way that’s less frustrating than just plowing through something using sheer will. It’s a constant struggle for me though, as I’m also one who clutters things up in the first place. For whatever reason I collect all of these snips of paper and random things that find their place in my pockets. At home I’ve tried various solutions, and once a week I take a garbage can to all of the detritus that mucks up our counter space. I am also striving to be highly organized and adhere to the principles Kondo sets forth by asking myself if it “sparks joy.” So, why not apply that to my desk at work too?

Office Survival Kit
Office Survival Kit

Here is a kit I put together using a compartmentalized box from Home Depot with a fixed lid, although you can get these anywhere. I took everything floating around my “junk drawer” at my desk and organized it in here. Any random item that didn’t fit the purpose of the drawer got pitched. I then made up a list of the items that should be in there and bought those during a lunch trip to Wahlgreen’s. As you can see, everything you need to survive at the office is here. Tired eyes? Check. Ate too much at lunch? Got it covered. Feeling a little stinky? No worries.

Everyone should have one of these in their desk to help them through those times when they can’t get out of the office to attend to personal needs right away. There’s also a bit of satisfaction looking into a drawer that used to be full of random, rolling things and seeing them neatly in their place.

Thanks for reading!

JGR

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