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    FYI, Your Work Space Is Basically Incomplete Without These 36 Things

    Whether you're back in the office or permanently working from the couch, these essentials will make things *way* easier to get through the day.

    1. laptop stand you can put right on your desk. It makes any space much more work-friendly as the ergonomic design brings your laptop screen up to eye-level while you sit! No more leaning down to see your laptop screen means less neck and shoulder strain.

    a reviewer's black laptop on the black stand
    A reviewer's laptop resting on the stand on a desk

    Promising review: "This was recommended in an article about handling working from home during this COVID-19 stay-at-home requirement — since workspaces at home aren't as ergonomic as at work when it comes to eight-hour work days. It is SO worth it! It's incredibly sturdy. The laptop is now placed at a perfect angle. I bought a wireless keyboard which I can use with my laptop when the laptop is in the stand — and then at the end of my workday, I just slide my wireless keyboard under the laptop in the space created by the stand, and I regain that bit of space on my table. I love it. Add in the brushed silvery tone, and it has been a great investment for me." —Joe Mama

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in nine colors).

    2. A set of memory foam gel pads that work as support for your wrists, giving them relief from being in the same position eight hours a day. They'll help prevent cramping and wrist pain, which can put a damper in anyone's work or gaming time.

    a eviwer with the light blue set on their desk
    A reviewer typing using a mouse with their wrists propped up by the pads

    It comes in two pieces — one you can prop in front of your keyboard, and the other in front of your mouse.

    Promising reviews: "I've been working from home due to COVID and began experiencing wrist pain. The soft cushion from both items provided the relief I needed. Great products and price!" —Gaga15

    "Having worked from home for almost a year now without any ergonomic cushion, I finally decided to buy this and so glad I did. They come with stickers that you can place to avoid movement but so far they don't seem necessary...The mouse pad cushion feels perfect! I appreciate not having the ball of my palm resting against a hard surface all day long. This also isn't sliding around on the desk. Feels perfect. These cushions have a great memory foam feel but not so much that they are very sensitive to the touch, they mostly keep their shape." —UAstudentn

    Get it from Amazon for $15.39+ (available in three sizes and 13 colors).

    3. A gel-enhanced seat cushion to not only help straighten your posture, but to make your office chair WAY more comfortable. Hours of sitting won't hurt so bad with this!

    reviewer showing the gray cushion on their office chair
    reviewer showing the thickness of the cushion, it's as thick as their finger is long

    ComfiLife is a small business based in San Diego. They're all about pain relief, comfort, and taking care of your body.

    Promising reviews: "I've purchased similar items in the past that visually looked like this but were stiff and rigid. This is amazing. Totally eased my back pain from my quarantined-at-home desk job. Highly recommend." —Bellarosa555

    "Since I've started working from home (coronavirus quarantine) I really miss my office chair. I saw this reviewed on BuzzFeed and immediately ordered it. Best decision ever. It helps my posture and makes my stiff kitchen chair way more comfortable." —Melissa Schuler

    Get it from Amazon for $45.95 (available in three colors).

    4. A pair of blue-light-blocking glasses that help prevent eye strain and provide protection from the glare of screens (computer screens, phone screens, all the screens!).

    a reviewer wearing the tortoise shell frames
    a different reviewer wearing pink frames

    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 $8.99+ (available in 14 colors and multi-packs).

    5. A pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones with a really cool adjustable sensory bass feature and a long-lasting charge. Whether you're jamming out and crushing through work or taking call after call (after call) — WFH or the office will never be the same with the excellent sound these provide.

    Amanda holding up the heading pointing out the bass control adjuster, the play/pause button, and the volume control
    Amanda wearing the light grey headphones and showing the profile view
    Amanda Davis / BuzzFeed

    I've never been much of an over-the-ear headphone wearer. They're usually too bulky, too uncomfortable, and a little too heavy for my taste. But these Skullcandy Crusher Evo headphones?? OMG. It's confirmed I've been listening to music all wrong, because the bass feature on these headphones are amazing. It doesn't ruin the quality of sound AT ALL, and only enhances it (like, a lot). And it can be adjusted for comfort if a song is too bass-heavy or not enough. I wear them while working at my desk, and find myself dancing to the beat way more (what better way to WFH, right?). The best part is that I can wear them for hours at a time without discomfort. I recently wore them on a three hour flight as opposed to my usual ear pods, and I was able to cut out the crying babies and listen to my playlists and podcasts in peace. They easily connect to both my phone and laptop, and I only charge them once about every two weeks. Trust me, these are well worth the investment!

    BTW, they come with their own matching carrying case!

    Promising review: "Truly amazed with how great the experience is when listening to music with these! If you want a head rattle from the sensory bass, they got it! If you want loud volume to block out the noise of everyday life, no problem! Skullcandy nailed it with these and made me have to send back my Beats Studio 3 and Sony XM3's within days of using these bad boys. BUY THEM NOW!!!" Devin

    Get it from Amazon for $198.99 (available in five colors).

    6. And a 360-degree rotating headphone holder that won't take up any unnecessary space on your desk. It's got a simple installation too: just peel off the adhesive back and stick to any surface.

    Promising reviews: "[This is] worth more than its cost. The mount actually comes with an extra sticky pad so if you choose to remove/move the mount to somewhere else you can do at your own leisure. The quality of material doesn't feel too cheap, and it's quite sturdy. We've bumped into it a couple of times but it hasn't broken or anything... The mount is extremely versatile in its flexibility and possible mounting options. Best I've seen out of other compact options (that aren't gaming headphone stands that take desk space)." —Forest Nguyen

    "I have a white desk and a light grey chair and this headphone hanger matches the design perfectly. The quality and simple hinged design is brilliant. The adhesive is very strong provided you clean the surface before applying and let it cure for 24 hours before hanging anything on it." —Henry Ting

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in black and white).

    7. A rechargeable ring light to brighten your frame for work meetings or online classes and provide the perfect lighting for selfies. It's small enough to fit in purses and backpacks too!

    a reviewer's ring light attached to their desktop monitor
    A reviewer shows a dark before image without the ring light, and a brighter after image while using the light.

    Promising reviews: "Bought this to use for hosting online classes and Zoom sessions so that my video doesn't appear to be too dark. This light has three settings that are all very bright. The battery lasts a good deal of time and can also be used when plugged into USB power. Would recommend." —Shawn Maile

    "I love this light. It has four brightness settings and is rechargeable. I only just received it, but wow what a huge difference. And for the price you just can't beat it!" —Samantha Logan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    8. A handmade wooden cord organizer so your desk doesn't look chaotic with wires. It'll make concentrating on work much easier with a clean space.

    the dark wood organizer holding four different cords on a white desk
    The same organizer attached to the side of a desk instead of on top
    Stem Bear / Etsy, Stem Mear / Etsy

    Stem Bear is a small business that focuses on unique wooden desk and phone accessories.

    Promising review: "Really lovely wood. It still had its great, fresh wood smell. The box and wrapping was so, so lovely and you could see they'd put effort." —Ollie Law

    Get it from Stem Bear on Etsy for $33.85 (originally $40; available in dark and light wood).

    9. Or cable organizer box to hide all those annoying wires and that huge extension cord that's always in the way.

    Promising reviews: "I've been searching for something to not only hide the cord mess but protect them from my munch monster of a cat. This box in addition to cable straps and cable wrap has solved my cable management like magic! I highly recommend this product." —Lauryn

    "Seriously where has this been all my life??? Highly recommend. Excellent cord management soulmate (I meant to type solution and it autocorrected to soulmate, however I think that’s accurate LOL.) Just get it. Won’t regret." —April Olsen

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available two sizes and in colors black and white).

    10. A sleek and stylish charging station you won't mind looking at everyday. It's compatible with iPhones, Galaxy phones, and AirPods too.

    A gif of Amanda placing an AirPod case on the station
    an iPhone and AirPod case sitting on the tan charging station
    Amanda Davis / BuzzFeed, Courant

    I'd been wanting a charging station for a while now, but most are....not very pleasing to the eye to put it nicely. When I discovered the Courant charging stations, I jumped on it immediately wasn't disappointed one bit! First and foremost, it's so freakin' cute. The linen exterior and the minimalistic design is actually gorgeous. And second, the charging is fast! It connects with my iPhone and my AirPods with no problem (*zero* set up needed) and I can charge both at the same time. Basically whatever two items you can fit on the charging pad, you can charge. It has definitely enhanced my work experience for the better because my AirPods no longer die in the middle of meetings 🙃 A major win for me!

    Get it from Courant for $80 (available in three colors) or from Amazon for $79.99 (available in two colors).

    P.S. Courant's charging stations are available in multiple sizes. The Catch:1 is the smallest, Catch:2 (pictured above), and Catch:3 which has a large catch-all tray attached!

    11. Or a desk lamp with a built-in charging station if you're in need of both! It's got a touch-controlled dimmer, an energy-saving auto-shut off feature, a rotating head, AND it even folds down so you can save space when it's not in use!

    a reviewer black lamp turned on and sitting on a desk
    the same reviewer showing the lamp off and folded

    Because this desk is electric, it allows you to set up to four memory presets for quick height adjusting.

    Promising review: "I love my new desk lamp! I really like that it comes with three different brightness levels. The first picture [shown above] is with the lowest brightness and its the level I use the most. Since I have two cats and when I'm asleep they walk around my desk, I love that the lamp is foldable (second picture) so the cats don't end up kicking it down when doing their mischievousness! Also the lamp is very light and the touch button to turn it on/off it makes it really cool! If you're looking for a desk lamp or night table lamp, this is great!!! Very happy with my purchase!! —Roxana Tortorella

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two colors; Note only black comes with wireless charging).