11 Products AT Editors Use to Stay Organized at Work, From Planners to Whiteboards

published Sep 14, 2023
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Our staffers here at AT are busy bees, so we need all the help we can get when it comes to staying organized. We’re always on the hunt for products that’ll help streamline our day-to-day, and we figured many of our readers are probably of the same mindset. As a result, we decided to poll some of our team members to learn about which organizational products they can’t live without. Some of them shared their favorite planning materials, including pens, notepads, and more, while others opted to share the storage solutions they use in their homes. After all, it can be hard to concentrate when your surroundings aren’t tidy. Plus, if you work from home, you’ll find the combination of room and schedule organizers to be especially helpful for keeping both you and your space organized. Without further ado, let’s dive into these tried-and-tested picks. We have a feeling you’ll love them as much as we do!

Looking for some award-winning organizers? Check out Apartment Therapy’s Organization Awards for the best editor-selected finds of the year.

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Leave it to style shopping editor Blair to find the cutest notepads on the market. "I’m old school and have to write everything down, but I hate packing a full-on planner whenever I commute to the office," she said. "This foldable notepad from Papier is my perfect happy medium — it’s thin and narrow enough to fit in my bag, with 50 lined tear-off pages for every daily to-do list." She also loves the cover (how could you not?) because it combines a scallop pattern with three fun colors. What's more, you can personalize the notepads with your initials!

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Rifle Paper Co.

You've found your next notepad, and now you need some equally beautiful writing tools. Managing commerce editor Tamara swears by these lovely pens from Rifle Paper Co. "They're pretty and make note taking more fun," she said of the multicolored floral pens. One set gets you eight gel pens, so you can keep one in your bag, on your desk, in your car, and wherever else you need it.

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If you're not into using paper planners and calendars, you're better off having one of these digital calendars in your home. This simple-to-use tablet lets you view and edit events from multiple calendars on one centralized and easy-to-read screen. Best List Editor Britt has found it helpful for organizing her work schedule and family events. "I’ve had so much fun using the Skylight Calendar, and it’s helped a lot to keep track of my family’s busy lifestyles so we’re not constantly playing phone tag," she wrote. "The best part is that I feel much more organized and ready to take on the week when I check the calendar each day."

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was $19.99

No matter how busy your day gets, you need to stay hydrated. In order to avoid scrambling to find a water bottle each morning, commerce SEO editor Sarah recommends investing in one of these genius cabinet organizers. "Featuring two shelves that can be adjusted to various heights to suit all types of bottles and sizes of cabinets, this organizer helps you make the most of the vertical space in your cabinet and makes sure no bottles ever get lost again," she wrote. What's more, the shelf can hold up to 15 pounds worth of bottles!

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Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. has already released its 2024 planners and calendars, and we have a feeling you'll love their vibrant aesthetic. "I use this planner on a daily basis to keep track of my before-and-after-work activities and my to-do list," said Alicia, AT's senior commerce editor. "I'm a big list person, so I love that there is one dedicated to lists each week." The planner also features monthly view pages, as well as contact lists and general notes pages.

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Barnes & Noble

"I love this notepad because it not only helps you keep track of what you need to do task wise, but it also has dedicated space to check in with yourself during the day," Sarah said. "Bonus points for it being a Latina-founded brand!" Indeed, the charming notepad has a section dedicated to daily affirmations, not to mention a box where you can reflect on your stress and energy levels. No burnout here!

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A cluttered space is no good when you need to focus on the task at hand. Britt relies on these stackable organizers to keep her home neat, and she noted that they're also more durable than other ones she's tried. "I love these because they're really versatile, and I can use them anywhere from my office to my bedroom," she said. "I keep one in my bathroom for single eyeshadows and small containers, and there's another one on my desk for stickers, patches, and other small paper goods." Right now, you can get a set of two for under $30.

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Rifle Paper Co.

Can you tell we love Rifle Paper Co. here at Apartment Therapy? And can you blame us? Home projects director Megan is a fan of their appointment wall calendars in particular; she keeps one in her kitchen to track appointments, birthdays, and other events for her household. "It's helpful to have a place where I can see upcoming obligations at a glance — and it's crucial for making sure my husband and I don't accidentally double-book our only car," she said. "I've bought appointment calendars from Rifle Paper Co. for three years in a row because they have my absolute favorite designs."

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Urban Outfitters
was $8.00

Keep all kinds of desktop supplies in one neat place with Urban Outfitters' best-selling folding crate. It comes in eight fun colors and up to three sizes, all of which Britt loves. "The small ones in particular have been great for storing sticky pads, pens, and other knick-knacks that otherwise wouldn't have a place to go in my office," she said. Of course, when not in use, the crates collapse for flat, easy storage.

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The Container Store

You can never have too many to-do list notepads — just ask Sarah. In addition to her Barnes & Noble pad, she likes this daily one from The Container Store. "It helps me not only keep track of my to-do list, but it also lets me organize my notes neatly," she said. "I never go a day without using it!" If you're someone who likes to see all of your tasks laid out before you, you're also bound to appreciate this pick.

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was $21.99

"This whiteboard is the most important thing on our fridge," Alicia said of this inexpensive Amazon find. "My boyfriend and I track our schedules — he's incredibly forgetful, and this board heads off the 'Where are you?' texts — as well as our shopping lists and long-term goals." She also noted in her product review that the board comes in more than one size, so it's good for large and small fridges alike. Because it's obviously flat, it won't take up any excess space in your home.