Office Tools I Use Daily

i very rarely work in quiet, so i love having this speaker to play my music or podcasts. plus, it’s portable, so i can take it from my bedroom, to my office, to the kitchen without being interrupted!

this printer has changed my life. well, that’s a little dramatic, but it has been a lifesaver. wait…that’s still dramatic.

i used to use a regular old printer with shipping labels, which was costly and a time sucker. i decided to fork over some money for the thermal printer and haven’t looked back. since it’s thermal, i never have to buy ink again. the only thing i need to purchase is the roll of labels, which comes with 220 labels. it prints labels in a matter of seconds and takes up a fraction of the amount of space on my desk. win win win win win.

i wouldn’t consider myself a pen snob, but i definitely have preferences when it comes to them. these seem to do the trick with thickness, smooth writing, and all the colors that i like. i use the different colors for different things in my planner to keep organized, so i like that i can see all the different things that i have to do that week and mentally-compartmentalize them.

there’s just something about a burning candle. it fills the room up with a nice scent and adds a calming element to my sometimes stressful workspace.

i’m constantly filing receipts, tax forms, purchase orders, and all other kinds of paperwork, so it’s helpful to have a set of file folders where i can categorize them and keep them safe.

i ordered this camera with the intent of it being my “travel” camera. i have a bulky Nikon, too, but it was heavy and inconvenient to take with me, so i thought i’d give this one a shot. turns out, i love it! it connects to WiFi, so i can directly upload photos to Instagram (which is great for my business), it’s sleek and lightweight, and i love that it’s a touchscreen/doesn’t have a viewfinder.

i use this bad boy on a daily basis and would highly recommend it, if you’re in the market! 

also, this lens is my jam. it’s great for up-close product shots and for outfit photos with “the blur” in the background. if i could, i would see the world with bokeh (the blur). i like the stock lens that came with the camera, too, but this one has been great!

i’m constantly writing things down that i need to do, need to remember, want to get accomplished, etc. so it’s important for me to always have about 14 notepads around πŸ˜‰ i like this one because it has the boxes next to the tasks, so i can check it off as soon as i’m done!

i’m a serial planner-shopper. it’s like there’s some type of radar that goes off when i enter a store that points me right to them. i picked this guy up several months ago and haven’t looked back. it’s pretty, organized, simple, and helps me keep track of everything that’s going on! 

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  1. Absolutely loving your posts about working from home and working for yourself! I'm a freelancer so I absolutely understand the plight of being your own boss. Thanks for the great content!


    Posted 2.3.16 Reply
  2. That Rifle Paper Co. notebook is so cute! I love all of their stationary designs!!

    Posted 2.3.16 Reply
  3. Yes, planners!! I thought I was weird but I love to buy planners and new pens.. glad to know I'm not the only one haha

    Kim .. Working from home OOTD!

    Posted 2.3.16 Reply
    • Haha you definitely aren't! There's just something about it – I feel instantly organized just by buying one πŸ˜‰

      Posted 2.5.16 Reply
  4. What type of software do you use for your Dymo Printer? I have the Twin Turbo, but am looking at getting something where everything is on 1 label.

    Posted 2.3.16 Reply
    • The printer came with a disc of software that you download onto your computer, so it's whatever was on that. I don't have to go into a separate app or anything to print, I just select the DYMO from my list of printers and it goes. I highly recommend this one – it saves so much time!

      Posted 2.5.16 Reply
  5. I am a pen snob too! The felt tips are so much better! Love the Rifle planner too?

    Annie- All Things Big And Small

    Posted 2.3.16 Reply
  6. I love that notepad!

    Her Heartland Soul

    Posted 2.4.16 Reply
  7. I love that your back! I'd love to see you write about all of the different apartment buildings/neighborhoods you've lived in since moving to Chicago and which ones were your favorite/least favorite and why! Your first apartment looked to be closer to the bustle of the city, and I saw that you live in the "quiet Ravenswood neighborhood." Do you have a preference? Why?

    Posted 2.4.16 Reply
    • Good questions! I'd love to share my experiences – I'll put it on my list of posts πŸ™‚

      Posted 2.5.16 Reply
  8. I'm one of the weird people that love office supplies, so this post spoke to me! I love these items, I'm a lavender person-I just got a Burt's Bees lavender candle, can't wait to burn it when I get home.
    Thanks for sharing.


    Posted 2.4.16 Reply
  9. Great ideas!! I love that you added little things like candles and your camera, until now (since I finally got a job that I do from home) I never would have thought of these things- thanks for posting this! XOXO

    Posted 2.10.16 Reply

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