Desk Essentials – Things That I Couldn’t Be Without

I used to be one of those people who had so much rubbish on their desk; piles of paperwork, receipts, my printer and everything else which didn’t have a home but I’ve found since using my desk to actually work from as opposed to purely storage my desk has become far more functional. My printer has been banished to the living room – thank god it’s wireless – my papers have gone into a drawer and everything else which doesn’t have a home is piled into a box ready to sort through one day.

As I’m not a full-time freelancer there are not hundreds of things that I need access to on my desk so it’s more a peaceful aesthetic that I go for, although just a few inches above the wall on my desk there are hundreds of photos/ quote cards/ postcards and everything else so it’s not all peaceful. I used to always work on my lap in the living room while watching whatever TV show I was binging at the time but now I try to make a conscious effort to actually use the desk in my spare room because that’s what it’s there for.

I’ve gone through quite a lot of workspaces over the years, but my latest office desk comes from Kit Out My Office which is super roomy underneath and has two small drawers for me to keep essentials close by.

On the left-hand side of my desk I have my little trinket corner which sits on top of The Luxe Life book by Fleur De Force, something which shamefully I’ve still not gotten around to reading – maybe because it’s hidden underneath my trinkets. I have a small pink flower in a pot because I love having some colour there but there’s no chance I’d always be able to fresh flowers on display. Next, to that, there’s a diptique candle which smells nice enough even when it’s not lit. During the winter time I love having candles on although with the warmer weather I have been tempted to swap this out for some reeds for my scent boost.

On the far left are my two favourite Pop Vinyl characters which are Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. These are the only two of my characters which are unboxed although I do also own boxed versions of them because I am that much of an obsessive.

On the left-hand side of my desk I always keep an open notebook so I can write down any notes which may pop into my head while I’m working, it might be a few prop’s I need to add to an image, it could be an idea for a blog post or just something I need to remember to do. My bullet journal sometimes lives here if I am actively using it to mark things off or to do my monthly stat reports etc. I could not be without my bullet journal as it holds so much of my life inside.

My mobile phone always lays somewhere on my desk as I am pretty much attached to it 24/7, I use it to reply to messages, schedule things, make notes and various other things.

At the moment I don’t have a lamp on my desk as my old one I’d had for years so I got rid of it but it’s something I need to get. I’ve been looking at LED lights as they’re much better quality and last so much longer (I’m no good at changing light bulbs). I found some great recommendations for LED desk lamps, but haven’t really decided which one to go for.

In the middle of my desk is one of my motivational images which says ‘Create Your Own Story’ I love changing these about especially when my latest Treat Box comes through with pretty postcards. In front of that I have a small bucket list box which I bought from an exhibition in Amsterdam and I love writing little things down, usually of places I want to visit and popping them away for when I need an idea of something to do.

My Olympus Pen pretty much always sits on my desk as although it’s not my regular blogging camera (for that I use my Canon 6D) I like having it here in case I want to try something out or just pop in my bag for a day out. I find I am much more likely to take my camera out if I can see it there.

Next up is something practical which is my pen pot from Typo, I love this pen pot as it says ‘Good Vibes Only’ on the side which looks really cute. I keep a mixture of pens, pencils, highlighters, and scissors in here which are the general things I need on hand. Next to that is another trinket corner perched on my favourite marble tray which includes two fake potted plants, and some little bits I’ve bought from holidays away.

My laptop is usually perched on the corner but my Macbook generally comes everywhere with me. Currently, I have a marble affect skin on it which is covered in stickers from Red Bubble, something I’m sure to change around loads.

What are your must have desk essentials?

*This post was written in collaboration with Kit Out My Office who provided me with the desk but all words and opinions are my own

June 27, 2017
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26 Comments

  • Reply Mummy Times Two

    I love the idea of keeping your camera on your desk all the time. I am terrible at forgetting mine when we go out for the day!

    June 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    Your desk looks like such a great area to work in. I don’t have room for one here which is a bit of a pain so I just work from my sofa.

    June 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Melanie Williams

    Love your desk space, so many fab pieces 🙂 For me I always have a notebook open and ready to write in 🙂 x

    June 27, 2017 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    I got a desk to work from recently instead of working from the sofa and I love it! I’m so much more productive when I’m at my desk – it’s nowhere near as tidy as yours though! Love your inspirational quotes.

    June 27, 2017 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Joanna

    I still have yet to have a desk at home. But at work, even if my desk is very messy with cables and electronica,s i still try to keep it a bit zen and I bought an aquarium in which I’ve thrown a few plastic fish. The sound of the water is so serene.

    June 27, 2017 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    My desk is pretty cluttered at the moment but I can’t live without my laptop on my desk x

    June 28, 2017 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Being Ashleigh

    My Olympus also sits proudly on my desk, amongst lots of notebooks and pens X

    June 28, 2017 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    Loving the diptique candle, I agree with you, they smell lovely unlit! I have two minis on my dressing table! xxx

    June 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Angela Milnes

    You had a great desk and I love the set up my desk was full of clutter but I’m wishing to find time to fix my desk

    June 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Samantha Bye

    You have every base covered here, cute trinkets, motivational images, stationery! I don’t have a desk at home, and now I really wish I did.

    June 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Lauretta

    I also make sure I have my notebook or notepad with me. Sometimes you cannot completely rely with your memory especially if you have overflowing ideas.

    June 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Steph

    I wish I had room for a desk. I’ve got a tiny unstable Ikea laptop table that’s is piled with junk. Your desk is lovely and very organised x

    June 28, 2017 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Annie Brooks

    I actually got a new desk and that spurred me on to become clutter free. I got a clean white desk and only have my essentials on there now, I feel far less mentally cluttered too.

    June 29, 2017 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Amy Deverson

    Your desk is so cute and organised! I absolutely hate working at a cluttered desk, it can be so distracting and disorganised.

    June 29, 2017 at 10:56 am
  • Reply mydreamality

    I love the way your desk is neat, yet doesn’t look generic. You’ve personalised your desk space and styled it in such a way that it still seems to be so you. xx

    June 29, 2017 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Glam Glitz Gloss

    I can’t wait to move out and have a little desk area specifically for blogger. Right now I just have a chest of drawers and it is by no means organised. Tidy desk, tidy mind, I definitely need to get into this mind frame

    June 29, 2017 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    I am still one of those people with so much clutter on there desk that I really need help clearing it up. I need to replace my desk soon, loving your styling

    June 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    My mummy’s project after our garden is to set up a lovely blogging space and get a desk, currently she works on the dinning room table but can’t wait to have a space of her own!

    June 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Tanya Brannan

    Your desk (and it’s accessories) are so fresh and funky! I love how organised you are and wish I had a big desk to write at too. My favourite thing has to be the picture that says “Create Your Own Story” – so very inspirational.

    June 30, 2017 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Kristina

    A long as I have my laptop , tea and pens next to me, I don’t need much more but yeah, i have so much crap on my desk haha need a clear out soon. Love how organised you are!

    June 30, 2017 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Melissa Zia

    I don’t have a desk but I really should to get my work in one place! I collect pop vinyls, I have so many on my wish list

    June 30, 2017 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Becca Talbot

    You know what they say, “tidy house, tidy mind” – I guess this is true for desks too! Yours looks so neat and organised. I don’t have a desk unfortunately, but when I get a new house I’d like to get one x

    July 2, 2017 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Laura Rocksteady

    I have to say I cannot live without my diary and my Mac book but also having a really good pen on my work desk is really important as well as a monthly planner

    Laura x

    July 3, 2017 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Michelle Murray

    I absolutely love peeking at other peoples work space. Love your desk. unfortunately I usually just go wherever there is an empty chair. haha

    July 3, 2017 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Beach Hut Cook

    Having a dedicated space is great isnt it. my desk area is dark so i chase the light around the house but my stuff has a home! Elinor x

    July 5, 2017 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Erin Niimi Longhurst

    I am addicted to candles – I have way too many, but I’m very envious of your diptyque one! x

    July 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm
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