In need of work motivation? If planned well, your desk or cubicle accessories can come to the rescue. Whether you are starting a new job, starting in the workplace or just looking to update your cubicle accessories, consider this part of your survival guide to get through the day.
Throughout my years in the corporate world, and from conversations with coworkers I am lucky enough to call friends, here are 20 things to stuff your personal secret stash with at the office. Not only will these “magical” items get you work ready, they guarantee you’ll keep your sanity at work, or at least get a few laughs.
1. Cell phone charger
In this day and age this needs to be part of your cubicle accessories.
2. Lint roller
This will literally get you work ready and looking sharp. In a bind and don’t have one yet in your secret stash? Don’t worry, grab a long piece of tape and press and remove against the fabric like a maniac. It’ll take you longer but you can attain similar results!
3. Protein Bars
So you don’t starve if you have to delay lunch, or to eat it as a pre-workout snack before leaving the office.
4. Refillable Water Bottle
Not only you will save money not buying bottled water, but you can also track your water intake through the day.
5. Salty Snacks
I know I know, most of this stuff is unhealthy, but I have to admit that sometimes this gives me a quick pick me up to power through the day. My favorite salty snack is aged white cheddar popcorn from Popcorn Indiana, I usually serve it in a cup to limit the amount ’cause it’s soooo hard. If you’re kind enough to share it with your coworkers, they’ll love you!
Get a chocolate bar that has square or rectangle shapes, making it easier to share it. Or, exercise self-discipline and just eat a square or two. There’s no office bonding like treating your coworkers to a chocolate square…haha…just kidding…
7. Febreze or Air Freshener
Okay, this is a pet peeve of mine, instilled by a former boss who would sniff everyone 10 feet away and ask: pastrami sandwich? Haha. Anyone who has ever been to grab a sub at Subway or happened to stand at the wrong end of a food cart when the wind is blowing can relate to this. The smell stays with you the entire day! Save yourself the misery of being reminded all afternoon of what you had for lunch.
I have a personal technique to apply this one: you spray it and you walk into the mist. Bonus: if you want to make your coworkers laugh, time it so you do it when someone is walking by and can see you. A coworker that makes you laugh is the ultimate component of any workplace survival guide.
8. An extra pair of shoes
Sneakers or flats, in case you need to run or to give your feet some rest.
9. Baby Wipes
So many uses, even to wipe your desk or phone every now and then.
10. Your personal coffee maker with pods
This is so convenient. I have a Keurig that I bought very cheap on Amazon Warehouse Deals
11. Paper towel roll (in case you get clumsy with the coffee and make a huge mess)
12. The Sh*t Kit: a small pouch with mini air freshener and flushable wipes
This one doesn’t need much explanation, does it? This is the absolute king of any office secret stash. Some learn this one the hard way…but pleeease do it right. You must either buy flushable wipes or not flush the regular ones. Your coworkers would be very much appreciative for this one.
Yes, those Vitamin C packets, to attack the cold symptoms the minute you start to feel under the weather. He ↓ didn’t find Emergen-C. Haha
14. Disposable cutlery, including a straw
How annoying is it to go buy lunch to eat at your desk, only to find that the restaurant didn’t give you any cutlery! I once had the misfortune of buying a frappuccino for my pregnant friend, but when I came back to the office and handed it to her I realized it had no straw! Haha. I felt terrible, I didn’t notice when I left Starbucks in a rush because I don’t drink Frapuccinos…I like my coffee HOT! Haha.
Useful also if you’re eating a Snickers like George:
15. Pain Relievers
Assuming what you want is not in the office’s medicine cabinet. I like to have my own stuff anyway. They’re cheaper if you bring them from home, rather than running to a pharmacy when you’re feeling not so well and you might end up overspending.
16. A fan/heater preferably with auto shutoff
This way you’re always ready for whatever the day brings.
I’m like the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding with the Windex, except for me it’s Vaseline. I think it’s the solution to the world’s problems. No, seriously, it’s great. It even works to give your leather shoes a quick shine! They’ll look like new without spending extra cash. There are always the obvious uses, like to moisturize your hands or to dab a bit in a paper cut. Oh, and it’s also a good fix for a stuck zipper! You never know. Haha.
18. Blister Cushions
In case your shoes betray you or if you went overboard walking and your feet are killing you. I recommend getting a pack of Compeed, they’ll turn your day around from misery to comfort. These two ↓ will definitely need some after this.
19. A plant, even a fake one
Okay, this is not part of the secret stash because the point is to have it on display! But make sure you include one in your cubicle accessories…If it’s a real one like a fern or a golden pothos (like the one below), it has the added bonus of cleaning the air; but even a fake one is guaranteed to cheer you up and provide you with some work motivation.
20. Sneakers, in case you need to evacuate the building one day
Hopefully you never need this, but a few years back there was a fire in the building I worked at and I had to go 22 stories down – barefoot. A memorable experience, and not in a good way.
So, to ease your day at work make sure you get “work ready” by having the ultimate secret stash, not only will it give you some work motivation when you’re in survival mode, but will also most certainly give you a few laughs.
That’s my take!
Do you have an office secret stash? What’s in it? What’s my stash missing?
I’m Lily, a lawyer and aspiring Miami fashion entrepreneur sharing life hacks and my favorite tidbits on lifestyle, shopping, fashion, and beauty.
Tom @ Dividends Diversify says
That is a very comprehensive list. Being a part time university teacher I do most of my work out of my home office now unless I am in the classroom. No longer being a slave to 60 hours a week in a cubicle 30 miles from home, I definitely take for granted all the little conveniences. Tom
Hi Tom! Wow, I envy your current state! I’m still enslaved to the desk and the commute…So I’ve had to learn to get all these little items to make the day easier. 🙂
This article had me laughing out loud. Great ideas for an office stash. I will definitively consider the popcorn for snacking salty stuff because sunflower seeds are great but you leave a crazy mess in your desk. Lol! Thanks for the tips.
Hi Jelitza! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Popcorn in the office will change your life! Haha. Eat it from a disposable cup so your hands are not a mess and you can type as you eat!!! 🙂
Jajja nice list ! I will surely verify mine! But I absolutely have some of them including ketchup, bbq sauce, salt, sugar! As a teacher you must be ready for everything!
Thanks Jenid! Yes, I think it’s trickier for teachers, you don’t have it easy. Good luck hiding your stash also! 😉
LOL!! Very good list…you are just like me. Is better be prepared and don’t needed that…you know… I will take the heater one…I can’t handle the cold weather.
Thanks Judith! Although I’m in Miami, believe it or not the heater has saved me, especially lately when it’s been in the 50’s when I get to the office and I’m freezing! LOL 🙂
LOL – the GIFS are hilarious!! Yeah, a water bottle, phone charger, and pain relievers are a must for me.
Thanks Enoch! I’m obsessed with GIFS, I recently discovered this passion. Haha! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Damn Millennial says
Dayquil for when you are sick and stuck! Great list.
Damn, Damn Millenial! I didn’t think of Dayquil! 🙂 Thanks!
Mr. Groovy says
Haha! I was thinking Dayquil too, but Damn Millennial beat me to it. Damn! Great list, Lily. Where were you when I was in cubicle hell?
Haha Mr. Groovy! Thanks!! I came up with the list during my own office experiences, everything there has come in handy at some point! haha 🙂
This one might seem weird – but I always keep a disposable razor in my stash. Sometimes when I shave in the morning, I’ll be in a hurry and I’ll miss a spot – and inevitably I don’t notice it until I’m at work and I feel it on my face. If I don’t have a razor to get it off right then and there, it’ll drive me crazy the whole rest of the day. It’s happened so many times that I finally decided to just keep a razor at work so I can handle it then and there.
But I suppose this one is only for guys like me who are overly neurotic about things like that 🙂
Hi Stephen! Oh not weird at all! I hear you, I used to have one too back in the day, before laser was “a thing” for women haha. I would also get obnoxious and obsess all day! LOL. On that same level is a nail clipper, nothing drives me nuts like a jagged nail sticking out, distracting me all day, getting stuck freaking everywhere. I forgot to include it in the list though…between this and the suggestions in the comments a “secret stash part two” might be on the works! 🙂
fin$avvy panda @ finsavvypanda.com says
Lol!! I loved the gif with the bf wearing high heels and the gf with his shoes. That was too funny!
And btw I totally agree with the forest gump gif! I get so paranoid about fire or some bad emergencies that I’d need a pair of runners to save my life!!
I’ll also need a big scarf or cardigan in case it gets cold. Sometimes they love to jack up that AC during summertimes!
Haha! Thanks! Oh my, I forgot the big scarf! I actually have more than one. A month ago it saved me from a hilarious wardrobe malfunction where the front slit of a beautiful pencil skirt suit ripped a la Angelina Jolie! LOL 🙂