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    29 Useful Things Under $50 To Help Make Working From Home Better

    Inexpensive things that'll help make working from home ~work~ for you.

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    1. A TimeCube you can set for a specific amount of time to help with your productivity and also to remind yourself that you need to take a break every once in a while.

    Blue cube with three minutes and five minutes on the sides
    Amazon

    You can set the timer for 1, 5, 10, and 15 minutes.

    Promising review: "This tiny little thing has helped me manage my time so well! I work from home and get easily distracted but this little guy helps me stay focused for whatever amount of time with no distractions. It's also really helped me learn how long a particular task will take me which has helped me block my time more efficiently. I'll be getting one for my husband, mom, dad, and sisters!" —Layne Brookshire

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98 (available in blue, green, and red).

    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
    amazon.com

    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. A storm cloud that will not only look cool sitting on your desk but will also change patterns as the air pressure changes, alerting you as to what the weather is like outside.

    The clear cloud-shaped device with wood base
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "This is such a sweet and unique item, and it really works with the changes in the weather!! I've had a number of friends who have remarked how cool it is. This is the perfect gift for anyone who has an interest in the weather or wants something different." —MM

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.

    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
    Amazon

    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 $35.98.

    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
    amazon.com

    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 $26.34 (available in two styles and eight 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.

    Ikea

    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.

    Reviewer pic of the long rectangle-shaped whiteboard with groove across the top with markers in it in with a keyboard in front of it
    amazon.com

    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 $21.06+ (available in four 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
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is easy to setup and works great! I have a total of two of these Wi-Fi extenders in my house, and they really do work! Setup time is five minutes and you're good to go. Just make sure to put them at the opposite end of your home for it to work well and get the best coverage. I have strong Wi-Fi throughout my house now. My main router is a TP-Link also, but these extenders will work with any router." —HG

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99

    9. A desk organizer and iPad stand great for giving you a place to store your pens and other office supplies *and* also propping up a notebook, phone, or iPad, making it easier for you to read off of.

    The rectangle-shaped light wood tray with slots that are holding a notebook and phone
    Chocolate Creative / Etsy

    Chocolate Creative is a woman-owned small business based out of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain creating handmade wall hooks, kitchen knobs and handles, and home accessories. This desk organizer is made from beechwood.

    Get it from Chocolate Creative on Etsy for $45.24.

    10. A mug warmer that regulates the temperature of your coffee or tea so you can nurse your drink for hours without sipping an ice-cold beverage.

    Reviewer pic of a mug of coffee on top of the black mug warmer pad
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am currently working from home and I make tea at every hour of every day. I used to own a Mr. Coffee and had lost it during transition of moving so I HAD to get another one. I’m so glad that I did because now my tea stays warm throughout work. There is no adjustment to high and low but I prefer things simple. You just switch it on and it stays on. The plate gets pretty hot which makes my cup hot at the bottom. No issue for me because I don’t have children. I prefer warm tea over piping hot or freezing cold. This little device is my best friend and it’s great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a 'just right' cup of anything." —Cecy R.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    11. A 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
    Amazon

    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.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 $42.99 (available in four 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
    Amazon

    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 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 colors) or the Grommet for $23.95+ (available in four sizes).

    15. 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
    Amazon

    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 $5.99.

    16. 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
    amazon.com

    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 $32.95.

    17. 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
    amazon.com

    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." —Der Dachsy

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

    18. 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.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 $35.99.

    19. 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
    amazon.com

    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 $17.39 (available in white, blue, and black).

    20. 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.

    21. 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
    amazon.com

    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 $39.95+ (available in two styles and in silver, gold, and grey).

    22. 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
    amazon.com

    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 $23.99.

    23. 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
    Amazon

    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 $33.88 (available in three sizes and in black, brown, and white).

    24. A double-sided electronics cleaning brush that'll give your computer a good deep clean, because when you work where you live, sometimes your laptop becomes a movie screen at night where a few popcorn crumbs somehow get into the keyboard. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Amazon

    The soft bristles help sweep away dust and crumbs. Plus, the bristles retract for optimal storage.

    Promising review: "I WFH, so my laptop as accumulated its fair share of crumbs, dust, and other debris. This was the perfect cleaning tool. The brush side easily sweeps away particles and the rubbery wedge side helps to scrub out gunk in-between keys. The best part is that it easily fits into the penholder on my desk." —Andrea G.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in orange and blue).

    25. 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 $21.95+ (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."

    26. 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
    Amazon

    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 black, white, and brown).

    27. 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
    Amazon

    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 $10.95 (available in pink and blue).

    28. 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.

    amazon.com

    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).

    29. And a work from home survival kit with some fun and practical items (I could totally use the pajamas or pants decision coin) that'll make your WFH experience even better. You got this!

    All the contents of the kit
    Aerie

    The kit includes a conference call bingo card, fidget cube, webcam cover, "Do Not Disturb" sign, desk yoga guide, decision coin (pajamas or pants?), microfiber cloth, ear plugs, and a phone/tablet stand.

    Get it from Aerie for $19.95.

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

    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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