Though it slipped into the ether of my Gmail account/organizational device, I swear we received an email a few weeks ago asking after wares to weird up an office. At least in my little world, most of my friends have home offices, and I have my own nook for painting, blogging, accounting, planning, and spying on the neighbors. If you're looking for fun supplies for your home office, look no further. We made a list of office supplies and decorations that aren't so mainstream.
Organization and productivity tools
Keeping track of tasks is especially important when you work solo. I chat with Ariel and we send emails all week, but outside of that I've got to keep track of my own damn to dos. You too? Start with a fantastic chalkboard vinyl decal perpetual calendar from looksugar:
Got a bulletin board to manage your lists, inspiration and top-of-mind paperwork? Normal push pins are laaaame — get offbeat with ninja star push pins or medieval weapons push pins, both from ThinkGeek:
OMG pandas! Mousepad and mouse! From ModCloth!
A: this is a cute clock. B: if you, like me, don't do so well with numbers, this is kind of ideal. Also from ModCloth!
And tame your cable jungle with Kikkerland's cable robot organizer — also available in monkey and crocodile flavors.
There are seven computers in our home, plus a PS3, and a printer which can print from a thumb drive. I've gots to get me a new one — and I want one of these blind boxed Blotz drives. They come loaded with sound bytes and wallpapers! KAWAIIIII!
HOT! Red analogue phone from ModCloth.
I'm SO in need of an iPhone holder, and these angel wings from Fred are too, too awesome.
Got to also love the tulip USB hub Fred sells. What? I'm a sucker for tools cleverly disguised to look like other, more attractive things.
Got crumbs? Eraser nubbins? Dirt? Get a desktop teeny robot vacuum to make tidying up more fun.
Distractions: enablers and minimizers
I firmly believe some distraction is necessary in the work day. It keeps one's mind fresh and can lead to interesting inspirational leaps — you just have to keep "too much" and "too little" stimulation in balance.
I have a cat. She's a great cat. She keeps me company all day, and without her in the house I'd probably skip work and just start writing Days of Our Lives fanfiction. But sometimes she needs a little too much attention. If you, too, have periods where your cat disrupts your productivity, how about the Frolicat magnetic toy to keep yours entertained for a bit of a break?
Let your mind drift when you pretty up your desk with a Magic Garden set — mix the ingredients together, assemble your scene and grow an idyllic mountain on the desktop.
Got neighbors to spy on? I've got a duplex on one side of the house, a school to the north, lesbians to the west, and an octogenarian to the south. Someone has to keep up with neighborhood happenings. Use a six inch brass telescope from Gentleman's Emporium to get the job done.
Offbeat office decor
Have you seen these lenticular horror portraits? They usually pop up around Halloween, but they could be interesting in an office, too. Maybe not one you host clients in — unless you are in the gothic decor industry.
Brighten up the place with an 8-bit Flower Bouquet from ThinkGeek.
Use these products to spruce up your work day. When your office looks good, even the banal accounting tasks are more fun.