Now that work can be done on almost any device, having a charger for your phone or tablet is essential if you plan to get through the day without killing your handy devices. Keep extra chargers around for co-workers to use and you’ll be the most popular person in the office.
Lint rollers are a must if you have pets at home or work in a dog-friendly office. Keep a couple in your desk drawer to avoid embarrassing fluff or hair on your stylish work clothing. If you don’t have a lint roller on hand when you need one, try using Scotch tape to pluck fibers off your clothes.
While this may seem like a less popular item, the frequency with which someone needs a bandage is alarming. From paper cuts to more serious injuries, first aid kits are a desk essential that will keep you from bleeding all over your desk. Plus, painkillers like Tylenol are great for combatting that late afternoon headache.
If you had to run (literally) from one meeting to the next, or out to meet a friend for lunch, you may not come back to your desk feeling your freshest. Keeping a little travel size deodorant in your drawer can help when you have hot summer days or stressful, busy afternoons. Just excuse yourself to the bathroom before applying!
If you find yourself looking in the communal kitchen for snacks mid-morning, consider bringing your own light snacks instead. Keeping little bags of something can alleviate hunger at odd times without having to rely on the office to supply them. Plus, you can opt for healthier, leaner snacks when you bring your own. Bonus points if you bring enough to share with co-workers!
Many of the things we keep in our desk drawers we actually need, but how many of these things do we keep around with the worst case scenario in mind? While we keep necessities from chargers, lint rollers to deodorant, some of us even include items like toothbrushes and toothpastes.
Here are five of the most popular desk drawer items. What are some of the strangest (or highest life hacker quality) items you’ve ever seen?