As a work-at-home woman, I spend a GREAT deal of my time in my home office. More so than the typical professional, I’d bet, since I tend to work during the late evenings or weekends when I can steal away a few extra minutes from my family or personal responsibilities.
So, with so many hours spent in my home office, I have come to realize I need to do SOMETHING to spice things up a bit!
Today’s post is the result of my daydreaming, I mean research, on unique, fun, and funky tools that can help make our work-at-home office environments more fun and productive!
1) Start with Some New Stationery, Sister.
In today’s age of digital communication, handwritten notes penned on pretty paper DEFINITELY stand out. Start by looking local and contact the talented business owners in your community who create custom stationery or even own independent stationery stores (you can probably find them by doing a quick web search for “paper stationery invitations” and your city).
Enlisting a talented friend or family member is another option. In my case, it would be my wonderful 16-year old son. All he’ll need to do is pick out some stationery paper at the local office supply store, illustrate his desired design, and then task the printing/copy department at the office supply store or Kinkos to copy the illustration onto the stationery that was purchased.
2) File with Fun, Fabulous Folders.
File folders are a staple of almost any office, but, unlike most people in a traditional office environment, we work-at-home women can have more fun with our filing. Check out This Next to purchase funky, ready-made folders, or check out this DIY tutorial from Life's Little Clevers.
3) Become the Ultimate Digital Diva.
Despite your natural propensity to being organized, any work-at-home woman can use a little extra help and a clever idea to help her harmonize her workspace. I appreciate scanners and other digital tools that enable me to reduce paper and keep track of receipts, business cards, and other documents. One such example is the NeatDesk Desktop Scanner and Digital Filing System. Once you scan in your items, the NeatDesk software identifies the key information and then creates a digital, searchable filing system.
4) Perfectly Pretty & Practical Pens.
Get into the groove with these funky writing utensils, like the lipstick pen, Spikeletz Penz, or these Fluorescent Liquid Chalk Markers which can be used to decorate coffee mugs, chalkboards, or windows — all available on Amazon.
5) Something to Sideline Stress.
Work-at-home women have the advantage of stepping away from their desks to take a quick walk outside or fold a load of laundry, but I still think there is something to be said for items that let you blow off some steam for a second. Experience instant gratification from this splat frog or a rejuvenating whiff of relaxation from this Zen Breeze Essential Oil Diffuser, both available on Amazon. For the work-at-home women who are not their own bosses, this Boss Toss from Abernook looks like fun, too.
6) One-of-a-Kind Ways to Tell the Time.
Sleek, professional, elegant desk clocks are a dime a dozen. Whimsical and unique clocks, like this Salvador Dali Inspired Melting Desk Clock, offer you a fun and unique way to tell time!
7) Green Goods.
I really enjoy the creativity and usefulness available in today’s “green” repurposed products, items like recycled newspaper pencils and notebooks, and upcycled wetsuit laptop sleeves. Check sites like Etsy, Uncommon Goods, and See Jane Work for some of these eco-friendly office supplies.
8) Desktop Decision-Making Aids.
Sometimes a decision is half dozen one thing and six the other. Why not consult with these desktop decision making aids, like the Maybe, Baby Decision Maker from UncommonGoods or this Executive Decision Maker from Abernook.
9) Catchy Sticky Notes.
10) Accessorize Your Desk, Ladies.
11) Coral the Cords and Cables.
I can’t stand all those cords and cables and wires in my home office, which is why I just loved these tools for getting them under control, with the cord strapz from Cordtoz.
12) Not Your Typical Office Supplies.
Love these new takes on the old standards, like the modern, sleek iconoclasp or petal-shaped paperclips from the Desk Daisy by Fred & Friends.
If you are like me, bookstores, specialty gift shops, and office supply stores are places where I can spend hours and hours looking at all the wonderful and wacky little things I just gotta have for my home office. Work-at-home women are lucky in that we often have the ability to express our personal tastes more freely than those who have to conform to the public workplace.
What unique or functional office tools would you add to the list?
Christy Schutz, is the author & creator of Higher Calling Communications, which is committed to helping you make the most of your calling! She’s putting 16+ years of experience in the advertising, recruitment, employee communications, marketing & special events industries to good use by helping individuals, businesses & faith-based ministries discover, develop & market their own distinct calling or mission. She also helps people leverage communications strategies that will enable them to build deeper, more effective relationships with those they hope to serve. This Tampa Bay, FL-based Mom also keeps herself busy by raising 4 kids, caring for her husband & doting on her cute Jack Russell Terrier, Petey!
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