Adulting in the workplace is hard enough without having to field the little catastrophes that can befall us on an everyday basis, like boo-boos, broken heels, and bad hair days.
Enter the ‘mom drawer;’ your workplace toolkit of the bits and bobs that will help you tackle those everyday annoyances. Not only will you have the tools to face your own minor emergencies, but you’ll have the resources to help your coworkers as well.
Here are 17 things to stash in your drawer at work. Enjoy your newfound reputation as a responsible and reliable baby-adult!
1. Band Aids
Between new-heel blisters, papercuts, and coffee spills, office boo-boos are more common than you think. Keep a couple of sizes stocked up so you’re ready for anything. A teeny tube of triple antibiotic ointment won’t hurt either.
Headaches, cramps, you name it….nothing sucks away your productivity like throbbing pain. Ibuprofen is a solid, versatile choice that can be used for just about anything, but if you have a preference for something else, do you bb.
3. A Lint Roller
You need one of these. ESPECIALLY if you have a cat.
Trust me on this…sometimes you work on the twentieth floor and there’s a fire drill, or the AC is down at the peak of summer, or you just get anxious and sweat a little. Having a back-up deodorant at work has saved my sweaty butt so. many. times.
5. Non-perishable snacks
Hanger is a thing! Once 3 pm rolls around, if I haven’t had my afternoon snack, I am a cranky, sassy, unproductive mess. Try to pick healthy choices that aren’t loaded with sugar so you won’t crash later in the day. My faves are packets of instant miso soup, single-serve hummus packs, and just a little bit of dark chocolate.
6. Mints or gum
Tell me more about how you want to have Shawarma for lunch. On that note…
7. Travel-Sized Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Sometimes mints won’t cut it.
8. Feminine products of your choice
Yep, you’ve probably got these stashed in your purse, your bag, your car, and your bra just in case of emergencies, but it can’t hurt to have a couple extra stashed in your desk too. YOU NEVER KNOW.
9. Baby Wipes and/or Disinfectant Wipes
I have a habit of doing my makeup at my desk while I’m answering emails in the morning, which inevitably leaves me with tan fingerprints all over my white desk. Baby wipes make for easy clean up of everything from your desk surface to your keyboard to the lipstick ring on your favorite mug. Up the ante with disinfectant wipes during cold and flu season to ensure you’re not spreading or hoarding germs. On that note…
10. Hand Sanitizer
Again, during cold and flu season, your office is a literal incubator for germs and bugs. Protect yo’self.
11. A Black Blazer
I’ve talked a little about this before, but having a black blazer stashed in your desk ensures you’ll look jazzy and professional even if a surprise meeting arises or you have an unexpected guest pop on your floor. I’d suggest a tailored fit, since they look sharp when paired with either work dresses or pants, but a boyfriend fit blazer would work too for a trendier, more youthful look.
12. A Pair of Black Heels
Another fashion fixer that will save the day when you want to look super stylish in a pinch (or just want to take your look from work to night). Pick a low-ish heel without straps that you’ve already broken in for easy, quick, and painless transitions.
13. A Pair of Nude Flats
Heels break, new heels get blisters, shoes get wet, and nothing is worse than shuffling around for 8 hours straight in uncomfortable shoes. Like your black heels, these should be already broken in, but feel free to go crazy with t-straps or trendy touches.
14. Something Warm
Offices are cold – even offices on the 30th floor. Avoid shivering at your cube this winter by stashing a cute pullover, cardigan or flannel in your desk. Bonus: This may also help prevent you from catching the office bug we talked about earlier.
15. A Hairbrush
Sometimes it’s windy! Sometimes you’re running late! Sometimes that one little part of your hair just won’t behave! You already probably have 19374290384 of these hanging out in your room, so you don’t really have any excuse not to have one at work.
16. Bobby pins and hair ties
IF your hair is long enough to pull back. This way, you’ll never have to rummage through your bag for a dirt-covered hairpin again when that one little piece in the back won’t behave.
Because it’s always a good time for tea. Switching to a slightly caffeinated green tea after my latte in the morning prevents me from getting the jitters, and then switching to herbal blends in the afternoon prevents me from being awake until midnight. If you tend to get anxious, bloated, or stressed at work, try stocking up on lavendar, ginger, or chamomile tea for an aromatic pick-me-up.
What do you think?
What do you keep in your desk at work? What are your fashion fixers do you turn to again and again? What do you snack on to keep from getting hangry? Let me know in the comments below!