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    34 Useful And Inexpensive Things To Make Working From Home Better

    If you don't have an assistant, these items are here to help — and they're all under $50.

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    1. A pair of blue-light-blocking glasses to help you reduce eye strain from spending hour after hours staring at not only your computer while you work, but also your phone and even TV screen after you clock out.,

    Promising review: "I started working full time from home due to COVID, like everyone else, and I started to get a lot of headaches, my eyes were dry and heavy, and I was having issues with my sleep. My friend pointed out I was on the computer now all day long when I had barely used computers before. I bought these glasses and have used them for about a week and they are amazing!!! I feel so much better and my body feels much better at the end of the day! I only wish they were a little lighter, and they are a little tight behind my ears." —Meghan McCutcheon

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in nine colors and five multi-packs).

    2. A wall charger with six outlets *and* two USB fast-charging ports to keep all your devices and accessories at 100% and so they won't die in the middle of that team meeting.

    Reviewer pic of the six chargers and two USB chargers with things plugged in to all of them in the lit outlet

    Promising review: "I work from home in a small apartment, and this really made my setup work the way I want it to. I need to use all six plugs, plus I like to keep my phone and Mi-Fi charging while working too. This was the perfect thing for me to get everything plugged in and essentially retrofitted into a built-in apartment wall desk setup that was intended for the large desktop towers of the late '90s. I’m ordering a second one in hopes it transforms another part of my weird floor plan. Bonus: The USB ports seem to fast-charge my iPhone XS Max. I can go from dead to fully charged in about 90 minutes." —Moose

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    3. An "After Coffee" notepad with three separate sections to help you take a second in the morning (maybe while you're enjoying your first cup) to split up your to-do list into your top priorities, what can be done later, and what can be done tomorrow. This will help you focus on what needs to get done without getting overwhelmed.

    The note page with a top gold section that says "After Coffee Top Priority", a middle white section that says later, and a bottom pink section that says tomorrow
    Godly Gorgeous / Etsy

    BTW this Black woman-owned business makes super cute apparel, prints, notepads, and more! This notepad is 6x8 inches and has 50 sheets to help coordinate all your to-dos.

    Get it from Godly Gorgeous on Etsy for $15.

    4. A printer stand you can put under your desk and have more room on your desk for activities (i.e. your work).

    A two-tier shelf with a printer on the top shelf and a stack of paper on the bottom shelf under a desk

    Plus, it has anti-skid pads so it will stay in place and can hold up to 44 pounds.

    Promising review: "We were looking for a stand for our printer as our computer desk is rather small. This fits our printer and allows for extra storage room underneath. It was easy to assemble and is very sturdy. The anti-skid feet keep it in place, but it can still be moved around with a little effort." —Jjoslin

    Get it from Amazon for $36.98.

    5. A Rocketbook smart reusable notebook that takes your hand-written notes and makes them digital so when your boss asks for a recap of that meeting in your one-on-one, you can send it as an attachment and look super on top of everything.

    Reviewer pic of the notebook open on a desk with notes neatly written on either side and two pens sitting next to it

    Promising review: "Why did I not know about this before now??? I am a travel agent working from home and take loads of notes. I am so happy to be able to scan phone call notes with clients into their trip records! If they do not book right away I can scan and save notes to another file and retrieve them without leafing through a load of paper! Woo hoo! I can see so many uses for this product for just about anyone who takes notes or even journals regularly. I see that new version was introduced to the market that has lined pages...which I felt was the only thing lacking." —ellen

    Get it from Amazon for $34 (available in two styles and nine colors).

    6. A wall-mounted drop-leaf table you can ~pop~ open when you're ready to hit the ground running and get all your work done, and then simply fold it away at the end of the day.


    Promising review: "This is great for small spaces!! I love this little desk!! I bought it for my apartment so my son can do his homework without having a full-size desk taking up valuable space in his room. Now, I’ve bought a second one for my room!!!" —RockyClemsonFan

    Get it from Ikea for $39.

    7. A glass dry-erase desktop whiteboard you can write your important reminders and "I CAN'T FORGET" notes on instead of using scraps of paper.

    The dry erase board with the words "Isn't this fabulous?!!!" written out on it

    The environment will even thank you for reducing your paper use. The whiteboard also comes with a dry-erase marker, accessory channel (to hold the marker), and a storage drawer.

    Promising review: "Never thought something analog would be SO useful in my daily routine. I work from home and am constantly project managing multiple complex strategic projects. Having pertinent information directly in front of me and top of mind has done incredible things for my productivity. Never would have imagined it would make such a difference. For a nominal investment, I highly recommend it if you have trouble keeping up with things."—Captainflapjax

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in five colors and patterns).

    8. A Wi-Fi extender capable of strengthening your Wi-Fi in all areas of your home so you'll stop cutting out during your video meetings.

    Reviewer holding their phone up to the rectangular-shaped router that's plugged into the wall

    Promising review: "This is a great product. We live in an old farmhouse and even though we have the fastest and highest internet service, we just couldn't get the signal throughout the entire house, or even our upstairs. But once we plugged in this range extender, we now have our 5G throughout the entire house and even the garage! It was super easy to install. No hassles. Easy to follow instructions." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    9. A reversible waterproof desk mat you can put on your table if you really have no place at all for a desk so you can at least make it feel like you're working from one.,

    Promising review: "I'm an art teacher, and working from home during the coronavirus outbreak was going to put a lot of strain on my wood desk (which I keep mostly for show but now am forced to use for work). I ordered this desk pad because mint green is my favorite color, and I wanted something to protect my desk from paint and other art supplies. It arrived today, and it was so cute! It's exactly what I wanted. It's thin enough not to add too much bulk to the desk, the color is so fun, and it wipes off easily. I love that it's reversible, too, so I'll probably use one side for making tutorial videos for my classes and the other for when I'm painting. I was worried that it wouldn't lie flat because it came rolled up, but it lay flat immediately. And it came with a cute little belt in case I need to roll it back up again and store it!" —Jill S

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes and six color combinations).

    10. A wireless charger stand to keep your phone at 100% without even having to remember to plug it in. Plus, you won't miss any notifications when it's right in front of you.

    Reviewer pic of the charger stand by itself and then with an iPhone set in it, charging

    It works with a variety of different phone types (including the new iPhone, but you can check the list of compatible devices under the options to make sure your phone will work.

    Promising review: "My wife and I have both been working from home and make a lot of calls on the job, and having an extra set of wireless fast chargers has made things much easier. Highly recommended." —Terrell Coutee-Tyler

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available as a single, double, or double circular).

    11. Or just a simple cellphone stand to help keep your device at the ready for that very important call you're expecting.

    Cell phone stand in black with a phone in it on a desk

    You can use this with an iPhone or an Android. Plus, it has a cutout in the back so you can tread a charging cable through it.

    Promising review: "I’ve had this on my wishlist and finally decided to purchase. I’m so glad I finally did. I was most surprised by the fact it is made of metal and not plastic. It is sturdy and keeps my phone within easy reach on my desk at work. I love the cord cutout that allows you to charge with the phone in an upright position. With my old stand, I would have to charge with the phone on its side. If you listen to music while you work, this is a functional and attractive addition." —Jenn.K

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

    12. An ergonomic mesh office chair designed with a curved backrest to support the natural curve of your spine, keeping you aligned and comfortable for the eight hours you sit in it during the day.,

    Promising review: "OMG this chair is so comfortable. I work from home as a customer service rep, which requires that I sit for hours. Let me tell you, this chair makes it exponentially easier. It is supportive of my back when in the locked position but is just as supportive when in the reclined position. Sometimes I don't even realize that I have been sitting in it for hours. It's also sturdy and can withstand my weight. It was very easy to assemble and well worth the money. Definitely a bargain." —Sofia

    Get it from Amazon for $37.49+ (available in five colors).

    13. A monitor memo board with a spot to hold your phone so you never miss another important text or call.

    Clear plastic memo board attached to a computer monitor with a photo, three sticky notes and a lip with a cell phone on it

    Plus, there's a hole at the bottom so you can plug in your phone!

    Promising review: "I love my memo board! I was able to attach it to my computer monitor with no issues, and after weeks of use, it still remains securely attached. The materials are sturdy-feeling, no bending or warping of any kind. I've got all my important reminders on it, which has been super helpful and keeps me from missing any important deadlines. I've also been able to write on it with a dry erase marker, and then wipe it off with a tissue. Many of my coworkers have commented on how useful it seems and have said they would be purchasing their own." —razorsharp77

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in four styles).

    14. A time marker water bottle here to remind you to stay hydrated during the workday. There are markers on the side with times so you can keep track of how much water you should be drinking to (hopefully) avoid any dehydration headaches or anything else that comes with not drinking enough water.

    Plus, this bottle has a no-leak lid, and it also comes with an e-book with 10 water-infusion recipes, so you can take your hydration up a notch. It also has. a one-click push open, and a carrying strap. This baby can do a lot, but sadly it can't help tackle your to-do list. Maybe one day....

    Promising review: "I'm really glad I purchased this water bottle. Since I started working from home, I noticed my water consumption has gone down significantly. I was getting dehydration headaches constantly. I found this water bottle through a BuzzFeed article and figured I'd give it a shot. It really is helping me stay on track with my water. The only drawback is that it is not dishwasher safe, but it's very easy to clean with a standard bottle brush. All in all, if you're looking to increase your water intake, I definitely recommend this water bottle." —Emily Mueller

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    15. A foldable laptop stand so you can turn *any* desk (or kitchen table, vanity, etc.) into a *standing* desk.

    The foldable laptop stand in grey on a table with a laptop on top of it
    The Grommet

    It can support 20 times its weight and folds flat for easy storage.

    Promising review: "This is a great portable way to be able to stand while working. I spend far too much time at my computer and sitting and was looking for a way to be able to stand more. Standing desks are, in my opinion, expensive and unattractive — I love this folding design — definitely recommend!" —Julia

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95+ (available in four sizes and four colors) or The Grommet for $23.95+ (available in four sizes).

    16. Some cable clips so you can organize all the cords you have and not spend 10 minutes fishing out your computer charging cord that fell behind your desk...again.

    Small black circles with a slit down the center that stick to a surface to keep cords in place on a desk

    Promising review: "This is another fantastic product. I have a lot of electronics along with a lot of cords and cables. These do a great job of keeping things organized and available. No more crawling under the bed or behind the desk to recover the dropped cable!" —Ken Gunville

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $6.95.

    17. A privacy sign great for anyone working from a full house where people like to barge in even when the door is closed.


    Promising review: "I work from home, and if you do too you may also encounter this odd scenario: merely closing the door to one’s office is not actually a reliable method to let others know you are working. I can’t say enough good things about this sign. It is a far better design and quality than expected at this price point. The sign is a dial-style, and really sturdy. The dial even has a click-in-place feature to prevent your status from accidentally moving when the door swings shut. Gone are the days of people thinking you’re available when you’re not! Well, at least you have forewarned them! I am extremely happy with the sign, and can recommend it to anyone who might need a little extra assistance in deterring work interruptions!" —Conscious Consumer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (available in black and white).

    18. A memory foam chair cushion with a nonslip rubber bottom to ensure you'll be comfortable all day long — it won't move around when you get up every once and a while to stretch your legs (and maybe pet your dog).

    Reviewer pic of the velvet-like cushion on the seat of an office chair

    Promising review: "I work from home and sit at a desk in front of a computer for a minimum of 10 hours per day. I used to have to get up at least hourly for breaks that never helped to alleviate the 24/7 sciatica pain down my left leg. And long hours at my desk would leave my whole body sore. I've only had this cushion for one day, and my sciatica is barely noticeable, and I woke up today in no pain after using it yesterday. I'm a small person, so I can see how this might not be a good fit for everyone, but for me, it's already had a positive impact. I think because they are just cut foam with gel top and a thin cover that they will probably wear down easily, especially since I sit for so long, but it's a reasonable price and if I get six months at a time out of one, I'll consider that a pretty decent return on my investment. :)" —T. M.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.20 (available in black and grey).

    19. And memory foam armrest pads because your elbows deserve just as much love as your butt does! They're sitting in their chair for the same amount of time!!!

    Reviewer picture of the armrest pads on a desk chair

    Promising review: "I have a desk chair that I live in that I have tried various configurations on the arms to keep from bruising my elbows. Nothing has been much help. I am very glad that I gave this a try! The covers are super-soft, and the memory foam works extremely well. I have only had the covers in use for a week, but already I can feel a difference. This is a product that will continue to be appreciated by my elbows." —Kindle Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in black and grey).

    20. A rainbow pen pot you have ~a-round~ for a long time because it will add a bright spot to your desk and make it super easy to grab your favorite pen (you know the exact pen I'm talking about).

    small white ceramic rainbow-shaped pencils holder with openings at the top and colored markers stored in them
    Dyvosvit Co / Etsy

    BTW — Dyvosvit Co is a small biz creating handmade decor and entertainment from Kharkiv, Ukraine!

    Promising review: "I absolutely Love my Rainbow 🌈 Pen Holder. It’s perfect for what I was looking for to put all of my favorite pens and scissors and little tools in. It’s so cute too. It arrived well packaged, on time and in perfect condition. I love Rainbows 🌈 and look for them everywhere. I highly recommend this shop. Thank you so much!" —Kathie

    Get it from Dyvosvit Co on Etsy for $36+ (available with or without personalization and in four colors).

    21. A selfie ring light for anyone who has found themselves working in less-than-ideal lighting during a marathon of Zoom calls. This small device will make a big difference so everyone can see your beautiful face.,

    This ring light has three color modes: warm light, cool white, and daylight. Plus, each mode has 11 brightness levels, so you can really customize it to whatever works best for you. The tripod extends from 17.5 inches to 51 inches and the base is also weighted, meaning it won't randomly tip over while you're using it.

    Promising review: "Due to the pandemic and mostly working from home, we have to rely on using virtual meeting, such as Zoom. The lighting in my room/office isn't that great, and my face would always look dark in the videos. So I decided to get a selfie ring to see if it helps to lighten up my face on cam. It definitely did the trick. The size of the ring is perfect and the tripod can but set on the floor or on the table which is quite nice. Would recommend to those who needs extra lighting. Only thing is that it has to be plugged in to a USB port instead of a traditional plug, which I think would of been more convenient if there were that options available! My team even asked what I did and then made their purchase right away!" —Patrick.S

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

    22. A bendy desk lamp to ~brighten~ up your workspace and make it more inviting to actually work from during the day. Plus, it has a USB port, so it will keep your phone charged and at the ready.

    Reviewer picture of the white desk lamp with a sloped bending stand on a desk

    The light has a three-level dimmer, a high-efficiency LED light, and an adjusting neck.

    Promising review: "This is a great little desk lamp. I needed something basic and affordable to add to my desk since I’m working from home. The lamp is bright and has three levels of light settings to access by pushing the on/off button. The USB port is convenient." —K. Otero

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    23. A weekly planner pad great for anyone who remembers things better when they write them down (rather than type). You can keep track of everything you need to get done, plus added a little note about what you're grateful for each week.

    The rectangle notepad with a spot for each day of the week
    Copper & Brass / Etsy

    Copper & Brass is a Black woman-owned small business that has been creating paper goods and gifts focusing on promoting positive representation from Warner Robins, Georgia since 2016. There are 25 sheets per note pad.

    Get it from Copper & Brass on Etsy for $18.

    24. A laptop stand to take your productivity to ~new heights~. JK, we can't guarantee it will do that, but improving your posture and not straining your eyes as much will help you feel better at the end of the day.

    Reviewer pic of the silver laptop stand on a desk with a laptop raised on it

    Promising review: "This is an absolute game-changer now that I am working from home. It helps my posture and the colors match my MacBook Pro almost exactly if you don't hyper examine it. It does have a little extra shine, but it is still matte. The stand is very sturdy and has quickly become a favorite to use any time I use my Mac." —George Araiza

    Get it from Amazon for $39.90+ (available in two styles and in silver, gold, and grey).

    25. Some Monkey Noodles, which may sound and look like a toy, well, because they are. You can stretch, pull, twirl, wrap, and squeeze this sensory toy to help you stay calm and focused in long team meetings you just knowwww should have been an email.

    Reviewer holding five long noodle-shaped toys in different colors

    The noodles are great for all adults (and children) but especially those with ADD/ADHA, OCD, autism, or high anxiety. They are said to help you not only feel calm and focused but also reduce stress and anxiety. They're recommended for ages 3+.

    Promising review: "After having to work from home for months and with my high-stress job, my anxiety has been through the roof. I opened these up and immediately fell in love with them, but what really shocked me was that my cat saw me playing with them and immediately ran over to come and play too. She played with them all day! I used them to help keep me calm before I had to give a Zoom presentation, and it worked. I did forget to hold onto it while actually presenting, but nevertheless, it eased my anxiety prior to having to speak." —Kelly

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    26. A velvet memory foam foot rest so you feel ~supported~ throughout your long day.

    Reviewer pic of the footrest in black under a desk with an office chair in front of it

    Promising review: "This thing is great! I’ve been working from home for a couple of months, and I usually sit like a troll at my desk so I got this to see if it would help me sit upright and it’s great! I love that it brings the floor closer to me and it’s so soft and comfortable. It’s not too squishy and not crazy hard either. You can also use it to stretch your lower back by laying on it. It feels so good." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    27. An adjustable rolling desk for anyone who doesn't have room for an actual one. This one has wheels *and* adjusts up and down, making it super easy to move it from the couch to a chair, or even your bed. Plus, you can use it as a side table when you're not working.

    The adjustable desk with wheels at the bottom and brown wood top

    Promising review: "I love this table! I finally have a place to work in my small apartment, and I can lower it to become a side table when I'm not using it for anything else. It is slightly slanted forward, which makes working from my couch easy — important since I don't have a desk chair. Sturdy and easy to put together once you know what you're doing. Hint: the wheels screw into the end plugs. Didn't notice this at first and spent the better part of five minutes trying to remove the nut." —J. Ward

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    28. A Takeya cold brew maker so you can easily pour yourself a glass at 3 p.m. when you normally might have taken a trip to the nearest coffee shop.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Plus, it's so easy to make! Just add six tablespoons of your favorite coffee in the filter, fill it with water, and let it sit in your fridge for 24 hours. Then just take the filter out of the pitcher and enjoy your coffee!

    Promising review: "I love this! Working from home, I find this has saved me from going to Dunkin every day." —Tiffany DL

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in two sizes and in black, grey, and white).

    And to learn more, read the full review: "If You Drink Iced Coffee Year Round, You Need This Under-$20 Cold Brew Maker."

    29. An adjustable wood shelf to put next to your computer and keep any books or materials you need close by and at the ready.

    The shelf in black with books organized in two shelves on the right and small plants, a clock, and other trinkets in shelves on the left

    Promising review: "I needed some extra shelf space for my home office, especially now that we are working from home for the rest of the year. This was so so simple to set up and holds everything I need without any issues. You can also assemble it as you please which is a great feature!" —Tali1990

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in four colors).

    30. A stick-on hidden drawer perfect for easily stashing your collection of pens instead of having them just randomly lying around your desk or workspace.

    Closeup of a small rectangular drawer under a desk with assorted pens and an eraser inside

    Promising review: "The adhesive is VERY strong, adheres to my desk perfectly. I figured it could eventually weaken due to the pop-out action; however, that was not the case still as sturdy as the day I got it. I love it, and I recommend it to anyone who needs a small drawer to keep pens and small desk items in." —Niko

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in pink and blue).

    31. A soundproofing strip to help block out all the surrounding noise so your coworkers can actually hear you speak instead of just the neighbor's dog barking.

    PLUS: This also makes sure that your air-conditioning and heat doesn't escape under your doors, thus saving you energy and money!

    Promising review: "This product works really well! I needed a quick fix to my home office situation. I live in an apartment in Manhattan and never noticed how much sound comes in and out, until I had to be on conference calls working from home! This little tape made a big difference, took me a couple of minutes to install." —Sandra Revueltas

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in four colors).

    32. Or a white noise machine that'll drown out any unnecessary background noise with a constant pfshhhhhh or nature sound.

    A hand-sized white noise machine on a bedside table

    This machine has six modes: white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, summer night, and brook. It can run continuously or you can set a timer for 15, 30, or 60 minutes.

    Promising review: "As we're all on COVID alert and working from home, I don't have a 'quiet space' from which to work. So I bought this to drown out the sounds of the TV and other every noise at home. Works great. Can just leave it on or switch to the time mode if using it for sleep. The sounds are pretty continuous so you can't easily identify when the loop starts over again." —db

    Get it from Amazon for $21.90+ (available in three colors).

    33. A mesh desk organizer with a three-compartment sliding drawer, tray, and five upright sections designed to fit SO much more than you think it can and make your desk feel clean and organized.

    A reviewer's organizer with an assortment of desk supplies inside

    Promising review: "As a teacher working remotely from home, I needed something to help me organize all of my files, teacher manuals, workbooks, and supplies! Now everything has its place! Not to mention how pretty it looks! Instructions were simple and easy to follow… assembly only took a couple of minutes!" —Lori R.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.97 (available in black and silver).

    34. And a pen holder with a spot that clearly displays the date because when you're working from home, the days can start to bleed together until you realize you woke up and started working on a Saturday...

    the block pen holder with the cal date

    Not talking from experience, not at all...

    It comes with interchangeable blocks with days and months of the week that you can change every day.

    Promising review: "This was perfect for my desk, where one of my remote-learning children is set up. We can change the date so they know which work to do online. The ink on the blocks seems very sturdy, not likely to rub off or fade (I even scratched a letter just now to see). The lovely smell of fresh-cut lumber has faded somewhat, but that's okay. I love that it is raw wood. I'm tempted to stain it when I have the time, but it's definitely pretty as-is. The container is really big, which I like because I can fit a bunch of pens, highlighters, a pair of full-sized scissors, and a small bottle of hand lotion in the space. I would definitely recommend, and if I had another desk to put it on, I'd buy another!" —Krystyna Westfield

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Me on Sunday night realizing how much work I have to do in the next five days:

    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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