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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.

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    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).

    12. An easy sliding camera cover that'll ensure your privacy and diminish the worry of accidentally leaving your camera on when you don't want to. 

    a reviewer's open black camera cover attached to a laptop
    the reviewer showing the cover closed

    Promising reviews: "I always thought that putting something in front of your camera was reserved for government paranoid people, but 1. that is a real worry and 2. this thing comes in handy for everyday life too. I work at an organization that uses a lot of conference lines with external clients and having this manual option to prevent others from seeing my video is such a nice peace of mind. It doesn't block the lens when opened and is super easy to apply. I also love that it is super discreet, and doesn't prevent my laptop from closing properly." —Manders

    "Works great on my Macbook Air and even our large desktop mac. Slider is easy to use."  —Marianna

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.99 (available in four colors).

    13. A reversible waterproof desk mat so you can turn any space into a work area. The leather mat is heat resistant, easy to clean, and works as a mouse pad. And for my indecisive folks (i.e. me), the reversible colors make it much easier when you want to change your office aesthetic. 

    Reviewer pic of the rectangle desk mat in green with laptop, coffee, mouse and pen on it
    A different reviewer pic showing that the blue mat reverses to be a darker blue

    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 $10.99+ (available in two sizes and in eight color combinations).

    14. A vibrant wireless keyboard and mouse set that'll help your work from home set up go from bland to bright. The keyboard is full size too, meaning it has that super convenient numeric pad on the right.

    A reviewer shows the green keyboard and mouse in use
    a different reviewer shows the pink and white keyboard

    The USB receiver is what helps this keyboard and mouse duo work wirelessly (no Bluetooth needed). Simply insert in your computer to connect!

    Promising reviews: "This is ADORABLE! I love love love everything about this keyboard. It’s satisfying to the touch, and visually appealing. It’s easy to hook up (just some batteries and plug in to your computer)! I love green and it matches well with my room and desk setup." —Seba

    "I absolutely love [this keyboard]!... It connects to your Mac/PC laptop with a USB piece and is operated by AA batteries. The keys really do feel like a typewriter and I get all the nostalgia and fun of typing on a mechanic keyboard. 10/10." —Katherine Dinh

    Get it from Amazon for $43.89 (available in 12 colors).

    Pssst... If you're looking for a compact version (i.e., without the numeric keypad), Amazon has that too! Check it out for $35.99.

    15. An ergonomically designed mouse to reduce hand cramps, muscle strain, and wrist pain. And yep, it's wireless too! You can connect via Bluetooth or with the included USB receiver.

    a model using the mouse, showing how the hand is supposed to be placed
    Amazon

    This mouse is rechargeable, with one quick charge lasting up to four months even with daily use! 

    Promising reviews: "This is the best vertical mouse I've tried...I wasn't sure about the shape of this at first, but the more I used it, I realized the genius of the design. You end up supporting your hand with the palm, and the angle is perfect for ergonomic comfort. The sensor is super accurate which means you get things done quicker, and the software is awesome for creating macros to help speed up your workflow. I love the rubber grip; it keeps your palms from getting sweaty and feels nice on your hand." —Nick

    "Best vertical mouse ever. I have some ulnar nerve/Raynaud's hand and arm issues so have to be careful about ergonomics for blood flow. I literally cannot work with a normal mouse as a result and have to use a vertical mouse and spend over eight hours per day during the week using the computer/a mouse. This is the best yet. Evoluent's vertical mouse was better than everything out there but this Logitech vertical mouse requires noticeably less strain to move the mouse and the hand is just considerably more comfortable at rest. Sure there are some things I miss about the Evoluent, but those are a much smaller percentage of use than improving the resting hand position and ease of movement (which are about 98% of your use time). Buy it." —muir

    Get it from Amazon for $97.98 (also available with a matching ergonomic keyboard). 

    Pssst! If you're looking to spend a little less $$ on an ergonomic mouse, Anker has a top-selling option for $29.99.

    16. A mini space heater that fits perfectly on your desk. The tiny, minimal design is also much more ~aesthetically~ pleasing than those giant alternatives, and it works just as well.

    a white heater sitting beside a laptop
    the same heater on the floor under a desk
    The Grommet

    This mini heater was created by the GeekHeat, a small biz focused solely on innovative fans and heaters.

    Promising review: "This is one of those things I didn't realize I needed until I saw it. My phone used to lie flat next to my laptop and I was always looking away to check messages. Now it's tucked nice and upright next to my laptop screen. Never realized what a hassle it was to keep looking away at my phone! Nice setup for FaceTime calls as well. You can talk away while still be working on the laptop. Material feels nice and soft." —Annabelle

    Get it from The Grommet for $25.99 or get it in pink from HSN for $24.95.

    17. A monitor memo board with a place to sit your phone so you don't miss any important calls or texts while you work. 

    Clear plastic memo board attached to a computer monitor with a photo, two 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.

    18. Or a convenient desktop dry erase board if you'd rather jot something down than use a Post-it. Its perfect for those quick notes and reminders you don't want to forget, fits right in front of your monitor, and even has a storage compartment on the side.

    It comes with a dry-erase marker, too!

    Promising review: "OMG where was this 20 years ago?I have ADHD and would always misplace to do lists, or misplace clipboards with reminders on them. They would get lost in the shuffle. Smartphone reminders are more of a hassle than they are worth with some informal lists that you think of spur of the moment (though sometimes they are great). Unlike other boards, I can put this in front of my FACE under the computer screen so I never overlook or forget it like every other system I've ever used in my life. This acts like a much more stylish and effective anchor or central 'office' for my quick VIP reminders. THANK YOU! I just wish ya had invented it 20 years ago!" —D Louis

    Get it from Amazon for $26.98 (available in four colors).

    19. A set of water-absorbent coaters because they're just as cute as they are useful. These terrazzo-style coasters are fast acting when it comes to liquid cleanup, and they even have a cork bottom so there is no unwanted movement. Trust me, you don't want ANY liquid leaking near your laptop!

    a terrazzo-patterned coaster sitting next to a reviewer's laptop
    a reviewer shows the six various colored coasters

    FYI, this set of six comes with two different color coasters: one with cool blue tones and the other with pink-ish warmer tones. You'll get three of each and a metal holder to keep them when not in use!

    Promising reviews: "Bought these because my old coasters left puddles of water from the condensation on drinks. These really work and absorb everything! Very pleased. And they are so cute and look good on both wood and white marble countertops! Love that there are two slightly different designs in a pack." —Liza P

    "Beautiful, absorbent coasters. So many coasters just look pretty but don't absorb the water. These are actual stone with cork on the bottom. The water droplets absorb into the stone right away. Your wooden furniture will be protected. I can confidently use these on my unfinished wooden coffee table. The terrazzo style is cute and matches my boho hygge style pretty well." —Danaaa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    20. An under-desk phone holder for those who get distracted easily. This invention is easily applied with the included sticky tape. With your phone out of sight and out of mind, your productivity will go waaay up!

    the phone holder placed under a desk
    a gif of a person removing a phone from the holder
    Seek On Solutions / Etsy

    If you're worried about your phone fitting, this small biz has you covered! The standard size holder fits all phones with a case under 3.38 inches wide and .67 inches thick (i.e. iPhone 13 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, etc.) However, you can also request custom dimensions to ensure the perfect fit.

    Seek On Solutions is an Etsy shop based in Quincy, Massachusetts. They create a ton of cool 3D-printed tech accessories (included this best seller!).

    Promising review: "This is a great 3D printed product, and exactly what I was hoping for...This shop clearly takes note with quality control. The phone holder is made extremely well, with sloped topsides for a wider surface area for the sticky adhesive (just peel and stick) to take hold, without making the actual wall sides of the holder too thick. My iPhone 12 Pro fits easily and this can hold a Pro Max too. The top cutout allows you to slide it out easily with a finger. Texture is not rough and won't scratch up your phone. Pretty much perfect, thanks!" —Michelle

    Get it from Seek On Solutions on Etsy for