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10 Daily Essential Tools for Interior Designers

8/16/2019
The moment I started having my own design firm and has become very hands-on, I have to keep things organized and afloat as my daily task and schedules vary as the day had come despite planning ahead as emergencies, urgent matters and quick site check are inevitable. Especially when things are just nearby the locations and how it can be done.


My everyday essential tools are the things that help me be on track regardless of whatever work would land on my hand. It sounds traditional as I don't exactly rely everything on my online apps just in case things might not go as planned.



  1. Watch
  2. Mobile Phone and Charger
  3. Daily Planner
  4. Sketch pad
  5. Pens
  6. Steel Tape
  7. Laser Distance Detector
  8. Face Mask (Dust Mask)
  9. Wallet
  10. Make - up Kit

These 10 Things are my essentials it's not something I can't live without but these things are my lifesaver. How am I gonna live with it if I can't work around it?



  • Watch 
My analog watch which I wore almost every day helps me keep on track from one meeting to the other and helps me avoid checking on my phone when unnecessary, saving my battery life. It keeps my meeting go on smoothly as I check the time between meetings and personal activities during and after working hours. 

  • Mobile Phone and Charger
Mobile Phone and Charger, My phone is like my entire life among the 10 essential tools this is where I communicate all the people I have to communicate within the day and it's mostly business than my personal matters. From small details to the biggest detail that needed to be discussed especially working along with my fellow professionals and people in charge of the project. Often than not, I felt like a call-center agent in a day, receiving and calling for feedback. Another thing is that I use this for photo documentation allowing me to see things visually from the last visit and an update from my staff and people I'm working with.

  • Daily Planner
I have been using a daily planner since I started working like almost 10 years ago in kitchen cabinetry. I was a sales designer and because of that I have to handle multiple clients at a time and having a schedule was really a must for me to keep on track and be on schedule. Even to this day I am using a Daily Planner from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, with the perks I have along with it I really enjoyed using it and all the changes of plans, are written and the to-do list of the day, week or month.

  • Sketch Pad
My sketch pad or pad of scratch paper is another essentials when I wanted to point out some details on site. Giving them a rough sketch on how things can be executed and how I wanted it to be. In this way, we discuss this over in a corner and sketch what we had in mind to get to the point and waste no time during the construction. Sometimes the sketch pad is used for making drawings and dimensions on site. 

  • Pens
I have a set of pens from colored pens and Pentel pens, both have different uses of each time. The pens and colored pens are used for drawings on papers while the Pentel pens are used to sketch on the walls on-site as sometimes even I have drawn things on paper, I needed them to understand a little bit more with words expressed when drawn, making our conversation and work lighter and avoiding surprises on site the next visit. 

  • Steel Tape
I used to sweat a lot in getting dimensions by using the steep tape but now, I'm using it to get exact measurements that the laser can't do for me and discussion during meetings and sourcing helped me get to what I really wanted out of a particular store or meeting. 

  • Laser Distance Detector
Gone are those days I have to sweat a lot in getting dimensions for a longer period of hours on those areas that are wide, tall and narrow. It helps me stressed out in getting into a sweat as I talk with my clients during on-site and for taking it longer than possible. This really worked well for me while like I have said that the steep tape is now used to get measurements that need smaller dimensions that the laser cant. 

  • Face Mask or Dust Mask
It's not the face mask that we put on our face during self-care Sundays' or pampering day. It's a mask to protect our selves from the construction environment of the heavy dust during the construction period. Health will always be a priority for me and for everyone involved.

  • Wallet
My wallet has all the membership cards for work and personal needs, and other things that needed my identification, a place where I kept most of my important things. My membership helps me track my whereabouts and purchases just in case I'm trying to trace every single place I went to as much as I can. Though this is a necessity for me, I consider this a tool to work around get things smoothly as possible.

  • Make-up kit
My make-up kit in a small pouch has my essentials in case I have to make a retouch or quick meeting. I don't want to look haggard or sweaty on the next place I went to even if it's a construction site. Feeling fresh all the time does a lot of good things. I don't think anyone would like to see an interior designer who's in a hot mess, right?

Well, those are my 10 Essential Tools on my daily grind. It's very practical and keeping things afloat. My work is done in my (home) office and presentations are another discussion on where, how and what to bring as for me, it is a case to case basis. Though Laptop is a very essential tool on how i do my work, I don't bring it all the time with me and I make sure I can make those things done in my (home) office and brought it with me whenever I'm on a business trip or vacation.



Every single day has I encounter new things, people and everything in between and I enjoy doing this job and I think there is a not to learn and improve as each day passes. For you, did I miss anything that can make my life easier? Are there any tools should I consider using? 
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