Work from home essentials
The best pen is vital when you work from home!
One of my very favourite shops is Muji, where I always make a pilgrimage when I’m in London. I love the Japanese design and the clever storage and travel items they sell.
I feel about Muji a bit the way John Betjeman felt about the Peter Jones department store – nothing unpleasant could ever happen there! Browsing in Muji makes me feel calm and in control. There is a solution for everything, everything can be contained.
I found my latest favourite pen in there quite by chance. It is a rather boring-looking cream plastic biro – but with a twist, as is the case with so many Muji products.
Turn the top one way and a ballpoint appears, turn it the other and it’s a propelling pencil. Pull off the cap and there’s a tiny eraser. So it’s perfect to slot into my Filofax – yes, I’m still using one of those as well. I can write a confirmed appointment in pen, or pencil you in!
The main reason I love this pen, though, is the very fine tip that just rolls along effortlessly. It makes writing the most mundane things a pleasure. All this writing enjoyment for a mere £2.50 and 50p for a refill.
I stock up every time I can in order to prolong the experience as long as possible. Nothing more frustrating than finding a product you love to use only to have it discontinued.
What kind of pen do you prefer? And do you still use ‘old-fashioned’ stationery that is theoretically obsolete? Which office accessories brighten up a dull work from home day?
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