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Spark More Joy By Cluttering Up Your Office Desk!

Returning to work at the office? Fill your personal work space with new and fun stuff to make the transition more enjoyable!

By Chris Ong      19 April 2021

Yes, we know that we all ought to clean up, declutter and re-organise our office desks or cubicles so our minds can feel more at ease and we can be more productive. Although our work space might feel less stuffed up, it might end up feeling more stuffy i.e. less amusing, less comforting, less your “happy” place. Here’s our suggestion for those going back to the 9-to-whenever grind at the office: Clean up and out your work area of old thingamabobs, and fill it up with new knickknacks that can bring you joy at work and might also make you more effective. It’s not about consuming more (so please, don’t buy everything on this list, just because), but more about keeping positive and upbeat with a little help from some handy, mood-making office accessories.

Typo Smiley-printed Charge It charger
Photo: Typo

Smiley-printed Charge It charger, $29.99, Typo

Okay, so this is a portable phone charger and not one solely meant to be stuck to your desk. But, hey, you should make this your go-to Monday-workday office accessory, because for one, you most probably would have forgotten to charge your mobile after a particularly crazed weekend, and second, this one will give you major perk-me-up energy with its bright yellow colour and smiley face. The tech specs you need to know: It has a 4 000 mah capacity, comes with a 2-in-1 charging cable, and is compatible for iPhone, Android and tablets.

Available at Typo stores, multiple locations, cottonon.com

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Urban Outfitters Leaf cable tie set
Photo: Urban Outfitters

Leaf cable tie set, $18, Urban Outfitters

Your work area’s looking more like a nest of snakes with all the cables lying across the floor and table?  Catch and bundle them up with this nifty cable tie (it comes in a set of 12) that’s shaped like budding leaves so at least the mess looks organised yet “natural”.

Available at Urban Outfitters, sg.urbanoutfitters.com

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Typo Rubik’s Cube 3X3
Photo: Typo

Rubik’s Cube 3X3, $19.99, Typo

Yet another boring Zoom meeting at the office with the boss who’s WFH? Occupy your hands and mind with this old-school-but-still-cool boredom buster. It’s the same frustrating cube, but updated with new colour schemes that are exclusive to Typo. Pick from Camo, Monochrome, Dark Tones, Earthy Tones or Pastel, and get busy during the meeting (but, if you get caught, don’t tell your boss it was us who told you about this).

Available at Typo stores, multiple locations, cottonon.com

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Urban Outfitters Moody Face mug
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Moody Face mug, $15, Urban Outfitters

A mug’s a must-have office accessory. Howzabout one that reveals your mood-of-the-moment? This ceramic teal one has a happy face on one side and a sad face on the other. Just make sure you get the direction right before you face your colleague, client or boss while taking a sip.

Available at Urban Outfitters, sg.urbanoutfitters.com

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IKEA BYGGLEK LEGO box with lid
Photo: IKEA

BYGGLEK LEGO box with lid, $19.90, IKEA

Make work a little more like play while keeping things neat and tidy with these LEGO boxes. While they may be made for storing your kiddo’s toys (specifically, of the building-brick kind), nobody said you shouldn’t hijack these for your own use for stationery (or sweets). Sold as a set of three, the boxes come in all white so they look versatile enough for any kind of desk, messy or minimalist. Stick on some of your fave LEGO figurines to add some colour to make them really your own.

Available at IKEA, multiple locations, www.ikea.com/sg

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Urban Outfitters Silicone camera cover
Photo: Urban Outfitters

Silicone camera cover, $15, Urban Outfitters

For those who really like their privacy, are careful about security issues or, are paranoid about entering a Zoom call with the webcam on and you are completely unprepared, here’s some cute silicone covers for you to slip over your laptop camera (they work for mobile phones too). Choose from a smiling red mushroom, sleeping blue crescent moon or cheery yellow sun. Note, though, there have reportedly been issues with them getting in the way of laptop closures and causing cracked screens, so use with caution and discretion, ya?

Available at Urban Outfitters, sg.urbanoutfitters.com

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IKEA KRUX LED work lamp
Photo: IKEA

KRUX LED work lamp, $49.90, IKEA

Kids really do have the best stuff, like this desk lamp for example. Looking like a cross between a cow and a black and white giraffe (or something else… who knows what a kid’s imagination is capable of), this desk accessory can help with task lighting for your assignment at hand… as long as you don’t get too distracted playing around with its adjustable arm and shade.

Available at IKEA, multiple locations, www.ikea.com/sg

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All products are subject to availability and prices are subject to change. Prices stated are correct as of time of posting and are based on current exchange rates.

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