Does having an organized desk make me more productive? I don’t know, but it definitely makes me happy.
Having a desk that suits your personality can make sitting down to work feel a lot less like, well, work. I like seeing everything I need–sketchpads, journals, articles, notecards–at a glance and being able to immediately put my hands on it; I don’t work well with papers piled up haphazardly. To help me get more organized and actually look forward to sitting down at my desk, I’ve been doggedly searching for some glamorous desk accessories for the past few months.
My challenge with both clothes and home accessories is that I live in an apartment and love a minimalistic look, so every thing I purchase must earn the space it occupies. After trial and error with a few stationery brands and home supply stores, I finally found my dream desk organizer at Anthropologie in the form of a hefty lucite collator. Unlike trays, collators organize things in a vertical fashion, so I can thumb through recent articles, journaling supplies, and notecards in a flash. Bonus: this collator has handles carved into the endpieces, so on a whim I can move my supplies a different area for more artistic pursuits.
A silver dish for assorted sundries (flash drives, stamps, paper clips, and the like) keeps company with a lucite pen holder for maximum versatility. Even file folders are chosen with particular care, and the seemingly frivolous brass quail (picked up on a random trip to Goodwill) has an important purpose. It’s my equivalent to Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s “broken tip of a conch”—something tactile to fiddle with when my conscious brain is “stuck.”
To me, desk supplies are like an exquisitely unusual lining of a jacket or handbag—they may not be visible to many more people than the wearer, but just a glimpse of them can bring a smile to your face.