The old saying goes, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” With workplace attire fluctuating wildly, that can be a tricky target. Are you wearing that drab gray T-shirt every day because you want to be like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and free yourself from inconsequential decisions? Or are you just lazy and have no style sense?
No matter what you wear to the office, there’s no reason not to have an organized and considered workspace once you arrive. Instead of trying to make do with the picked over remains of the supply closet and whatever was leftover from your desk’s previous occupant, we found a few affordable and simple ideas that will class up your space and show that you really do deserve that corner office.
Here are 9 easy office space upgrades for under $50:
1. Evernote Sketchbook by Moleskine
Take notes or draw sketches in the iconic Moleskine notebook, then snap a picture using the Evernote app, and your notes will be digitized and stored to Evernote. It recognizes handwriting, so searching your doodles will be much easier.
2. Fisher Space Pen
We don’t do much writing upside down, but knowing that you can with the Space Pen is oddly reassuring. The refined brass colorway will be eye-catching enough to keep you from leaving it behind in a meeting.
3. Public Supply Hex Pencils
$12 for 12, hickorees.com
The standard No. 2 pencil of countless Scantron tests looks much better in an all-black colorway. And Public Supply funnels 25% of profits to teachers in high-need classrooms.
4. Hydro Flask Insulated Coffee Bottle
This stainless-steel bottle will keep your coffee hot for up to 12 hours and your water cold for up to 24 hours, all with no metallic aftertaste. The powder-coated finish is a nice touch.
5. Braun Calculator
Show off you design nerd bona fides with this elegantly simple calculator from the legendary Dieter Rams.
6. Swingline Stapler
Yes, this is that red Swingline made famous in Office Space. It can also fasten up to 20 pieces of paper together at a clip.
7. Klein Tools Zipper Bags
$33.97 for 4, homedepot.com
Keep all of your assorted desk detritus organized in these colorful canvas pouches. They’re designed to hold small tools so you can feel a little more manly as you fill out your TPS reports.
8. Grovemade Pen Cup
Ditch that “World’s #1 Grandpa” coffee mug that you’ve been using to store your writing instruments in favor of this purpose-built container available in hand-sanded walnut or maple wood.
9. The End Is In Sight Tape
$3.75 for 3 rolls, sciplus.com
Fumbling around to find the end of the tape roll is a pain. Thanks to the ridiculously simple spiraling line on this electrical tape, you always know where to start peeling.