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    31 Genius Products If You Absolutely Hate Working From Home

    If your upstairs neighbor has discovered tap dance, we've got a few suggestions.

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    1. An ultra thin electrical cover because the only outlet in your entire bedroom is covered by a heavy dresser. Say so long, farewell to wiggling furniture out in order to make room for bulky plugs: this cover is connected to a power strip that lets you charge six devices at a time.

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    Promising review: "The design of this is great. I always hated putting plugs behind furniture and either not using the plug, or the furniture being inches away from the wall. This is the perfect solution. I have a few of these now behind couches and dressers in the house and they are great. This is more expensive than some other flat extension cords but I think the look and quality of these is worth it." —Adam C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    2. A standing desk about to become your favorite investment and new best friend. It's adjustable, portable, prevents you from sitting for 8+ hours a day, and is great if you're working on a childhood desk that is *way* too low for comfort.

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    Promising review: "One of the best health investments of the year for me. This is so simple, yet so much thought must have gone into designing it to make it stable, lightweight, ergonomic and sharp-looking. A terrific under-$40 investment. If you're considering one of those $400+ standing desks, I would highly advise you to give this standing laptop desk a shot first. I feel great standing up a few hours a day while tasking away and working hard. Great invention!" —Ben Grablachoff

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A double-sided electronics brush because that Dorito crumb has been lodged under the space key for *scratches head* quite a long time. This will keep your pricy laptop squeaky clean and prevent costly fixes in the future.

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    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 $6.99+ (available in orange and blue).

    4. A wooden block calendar if you, like me, have not known the date since last March. This aesthetically charming organizer means you'll actually have an office supply slot *and* won't constantly be glancing at your iPhone to determine if it's Monday or Friday.

    reviewer photo of the wooden desk calendar
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    Get it from Amazon for $22.68.

    5. A two-tier folding desk because living in NYC and working from home = typing emails in a space so tight, your elbows can't stretch too far from your side. This designated workspace doesn't take up a ton of room because it can thankfully be folded when not in use. *adds this to shopping cart*

    Two-tier wood-top desk with black metal crossing legs
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I ordered this desk in a pinch. I live in Brooklyn in a smaller apartment where I quite frankly have no space to have a freestanding desk with my other furniture. When my company implemented a WFH policy last week, I took a gamble and ordered this desk because 1. I could collapse it and tuck it under my bed when I wasn't using it, and 2. It was spacious and sturdy looking enough to actually do work on. I received it today, and I am beyond pleased. No setup required — quite literally took it from the box, slid it from collapsed to open, and began working on it. I cannot recommend this enough for the price, functionality, and delivery speed!" —Sydney

    Get it from Amazon for $105.99.

    6. A USB-powered cooling pad if your laptop overheats so often, your upper thighs feel permanently. This genius gadget is equipped with three fans and is so lightweight, you'll feel like it's not even there.

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    Promising review: "Best purchase I have made in years. Only had it two days, but the first words out of my mouth to my wife were, 'I can work for hours like this.' If you work from home and like to work on the couch, recliner, breakfast nook, patio, etc, and you have your computer in your lap, this is an absolute must have. Not only does it keep your legs and lap cool, but it also keeps your computer cool and able to process much more efficiently." —Trent Thiel

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in three colors).

    7. A balance ball chair to (surprise) improve your balance, engage your core, and prevent you from slouching over your laptop. This feels lovely on your tush but also prevents back pain — if this balance ball chair were an exam, it'd receive a perfect grade of A+.

    Reviewer pic of a green balance ball with a black holder in front of a desk
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    Promising review: "I work from home and sitting too long in my ergonomic desk chair would make my back and hips ache. When I would use my standing desk adjuster and work from a standing position, it would be great for a while, but my knees would ache. When I ordered this, it comes with the small ball, I didn’t think I would be able to use it. However, all I had to do was lift the small ball off the base and put a large stability ball on the chair. I use it every day. It keeps my back and hips from aching. Very happy with this!" —Michelle K Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $64.96+ (available in eight colors).

    8. A reversible waterproof desk mat that cackles in the face of coffee rings. Plus, don't have a space large enough to accommodate a fancy WFH set-up? Same. Slap this bebe on your living room coffee table to at least give the *feeling* of typing away at a genuine office desk.

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    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 $14.99 (available in two sizes and six colors).

    9. A Wi-Fi extender because your bedroom is inexplicably an internet dead zone and holding your laptop up in the air [cue every scary movie scene in which someone's car breaks down and they're stranded in the middle of nowhere] won't cut it. This strengthens Wi-Fi connection throughout your entire home to ensure you don't freeze mid-Zoom call.

    Reviewer holding their phone up to the rectangular-shaped router that's plugged into the wall
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    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 $44.99+ (available in two styles).

    10. A jar of Museum Gel to keep the small desk you've shoehorned into the corner of your bedroom (aka your home office) in tip-top shape. This clear gel is great for ensuring monitor stands, mouse pads, supply organizers, and more stay in place — and if you have cats, I'm not sure how you've managed so long without this.

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    Promising review: "I love my cat but god he's a jerk. This has been a godsend for my sanity, especially while working from home. I've used it to adhere my pen cup to my desk, small planters to the counter, and, BONUS (and not cat related), my silverware divider in my drawer so it doesn't slide everywhere.

    This holds everything in place without the permanence of glue!" —RynWil

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. A chunky knit cardigan perfect for adding warmth to any WFH 'fit. This basic layer has batwing sleeves, pockets, and comes in a few colors (including lots of neutral hues that won't ever clash).

    reviewer wearing the cream cardigan
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    Promising review: "I love this sweater. It’s a true sweater so it’s thicker than a light cardigan. It has an oversized fit with a drop sleeve and POCKETS! This will be so cute for the fall, winter or spring." —Busy Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 19 colors/prints).

    12. A soundproofing strip because that upstairs neighbor is practicing tap dance routines, your roommate has been blasting the same '90s Spotify playlist since 7 a.m., and I can really go on but don't want to. Buy the damn soundproofing strip. You're welcome.

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    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 $7.97+ (available in four colors).

    13. A mason jar cold brew maker for quick java that doesn't require A: leaving the house and B: one trillion dollars for a single cup. It's equipped with an airtight lid to keep everything fresh, contains about 12 servings, and is easy as heck to operate — just add your favorite grounds, pour in water, and leave it in the fridge.

    The large cold brew maker with stainless steel spout
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    Promising review: "This cold-brew coffee maker is fantastic. It takes less time to set up a brew than it takes to load the Mr. Coffee for regular coffee. And the brilliant feature of this coffee brewing system is that it makes enough to last several days. I enjoy the ease with which I simply 'turn the tap' to pour a glass." —Mr. Donald L. Stevens

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    14. A color-changing LED string for extra lighting if your room is best described as dungeon vampire chic. This has six levels of brightness ranging from warm to light, takes minutes to install, is 32-feet long, and adds a bit of oomph to any WFH corner.

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    This even has a remote control so you can adjust the light settings from your bed (or office chair).

    Promising review: "These lights were so much easier to install than I thought they'd be! The tape on the back is really strong and the lights themselves are brighter than the main light in my room. Everything was really dark and bland before, but these really made everything feel prettier than it was." —Shayna

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    15. A Philips alarm clock that mimics natural light and gradually brightens over 30 minutes, meaning you'll feel as if you're waking up *with* the sunrise as opposed to a jarring iPhone sound.

    the light
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    This clock has 20 brightness settings, three ~calming~ wake-up sounds, an FM radio, and can be used as a bedside reading lamp. It's even got a two-year warranty through Philips!

    Promising review: "I can safely say I now wake up prior to any noise of any alarm, even the sunrise alarm. The ambient light slowly wakes me up even on nights where I get little to no sleep. It has literally changed the way I wake up and on days I would feel utterly disgusting, I now feel slightly better. This is not a product that will replace your cup of coffee. This has simply been something that wakes me up more gently than anything I have used before. I read reviews about the clunkiness of the controls but honestly, it's very easy to use. Plug it in, set the alarm and go to sleep. I have my sunrise alarm next to me and have learned where the buttons are and have not had any issues. I am a light sleeper so this works well for me. Give it a shot and see the light!" —Spencer Cheung

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99.

    16. A 2021 easel calendar featuring some very, very good boys. This will put a daily smile on your face thanks to the top tier models it features: a Frenchie wearing glasses, a dachshund donning a sweater, a boxer in rain boots.

    Paper Source

    Get it from Paper Source for $14.96 (originally $19.95).

    17. A scrunchy Apple Watch band that won't feel constricting on your wrist so you'll be able to type 97 words per seconds without feeling any accessories digging into your skin.

    Reviewer wearing the scrunchy Apple Watch band in a white and pink floral pattern
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    Promising review: "I’ve had this for a couple of months so far and have been super happy with it! Love the print and the outside is a silky material. The elastic is nice and stretchy. It makes it super easy to put on my watch in the morning. Would definitely recommend." —Britt

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two sizes and 13 patterns).

    18. Pull-on Levi Strauss jeans – they look like your typical hunk of denim, but you've been duped! These are just as comfortable as your favorite leggings but look about a trillion times more put-together, so slipping these on at the beginning of a particularly important day is highly recommended.

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    Promising review: "I never write reviews, but these are easily the best jeans I have ever owned in my life and I had to share!!! They fit perfectly in every way to the point where I can't believe these aren't custom made for me. They are incredibly comfortable without sacrificing the look of real jeans and the tummy panel is FANTASTIC. On top of all of that, these are more comfortable than my leggings. I'm in love with these pants and will be purchasing the rest of the colors to replace every other pair of jeans I own." —Anonymous

    Get them from Amazon for $22.97+ (available in sizes 2-20 and in short, regular, and tall lengths and five colors).

    19. A handy-dandy sloth planner pad to map out the day. Staying on top of your assignments is so much easier when you jot it all down, plus the satisfaction you'll get whenever you cross out an accomplished task? Bliss.

    BuzzFeed Editor Emma McAnaw holding sloth checklist
    Emma McAnaw / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I, like many of you here, have a sloth-obsessed friend who I knew would love this gift. She had a wonderful reaction to it and really loved all the little details of this to-do list. It is a good size (a little smaller, but not by too much in comparison to a piece of standard notebook paper) and the paper is of a good thickness." —Jasmine Hall

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

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    20. High-waisted joggers so lovely, you'll want to stuff your Ikea dresser with every available hue. They're slightly oversized which makes 'em perfect for working from bed, but the elastic waist and tapered ankles mean you won't feel embarrassed to wear these during a quick coffee run.

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    Promising review: "The material of these sweatpants are super soft and high quality. They have pockets which I love. I am truly impressed with the quality and how comfortable they are. Highly recommend these. I will be ordering in black too!" —Jill K. Johnson

    Get them from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S-XXL and 17 colors/prints).

    21. A cable management box to hide unsightly wires that cause heartache by just looking at them. The tangles! The never-ending tangles! They're more than I can personally handle, so I will be hiding them with this box: It's the more efficient tech equivalent of "the chair."*

    before pic of a messy cable strip then after of the box containing the same power strip but looking much neater
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    *THE chair that becomes the spot in which you store all of your clean laundry for weeks on end.

    Promising review: "This box does the trick. I'm able to place a few cords in here and the only thing I would change is to make it so the top stays on; maybe a groove it has to slide through so it can't fall off. It looks nice and it works well." —Gigi

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99. Check out an option that'll blend in with wood floors.

    22. A clear water bottle so sleek, every sip you take will feel luxe. This even has time markers that act as a subtle reminder to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day — because we love a product that makes us feel accomplished for doing mundane tasks.

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    Promising review: "The only water bottle I sincerely love! It keeps me on track with my water intake. I love that it fits in my car cup holder so I can take it everywhere and it’s easy to clean. I’m buying more!" —madeleine

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    23. A sunlamp because *breathes in the same air that's been trapped in my bedroom since March* nature. This mimics sunlight to boost your mood, improve focus, and help your body create a more consistent sleep schedule. (Psst, this is especially great for night owls who prefer working late!)

    The rectangle-shaped light sitting on the counter with a pour-over coffee next to it
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    Promising review: "I work from home at night. I never see the light of day during the winter. This light has been a joy to have and gives great light at my desk to work with with the benefit of mimicking sun exposure. It’s very easy to use and to replace bulbs." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $68.50

    24. A liquid-free, reusable rolling screen cleaner so you can see what your phone, laptop, and tablet looked like pre- permanent fingertips. A few quick swipes = no more smudges staring back at you whilst you respond to emails.

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    Promising review: "This little device removes the oil from your screen. Often, when you are 'cleaning' your screen by wiping it with a cloth, you are simply pushing around the oil into a thin enough layer to see through without noticing it as much. This device actually lifts the oil and removes it. My screen feels like new, which is great because I am picky about my devices. Also, this is much better than cleaning the screen with some kind of wipe since repeated cleaning with most wipes will damage the screen over time. Unbeknownst to me, my wife was cleaning her screen daily and now her screen collects oils far too quickly because she wore off the protective layer. With this product, you don't need to worry about that. Clean it as often as you want/need and you can continue to enjoy that pristine screen without fear of wearing the oleophobic layer off prematurely. I would highly recommend this to others." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two sizes).

    25. A Dash rapid cooker to take the ~hard~ work out of egg-based dishes *or* some Julie's Real cinnamon vanilla bean almond butter that can quickly be added to a fruit bowl or toast. Starting your day with a real meal = giving yourself structure that WFH life often lacks.

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    Dash rapid egg cooker: All you'll have to do is fill this cooker with water, add up to six eggs, and breakfast will be served. This handy gadget holds up to six eggs, has an automatic shut-off feature, and the removable parts are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review (egg cooker): "The claims are true. This is the easiest and fastest I have ever hard boiled eggs. I just got it, and I haven't tested it for making anything but hard-boiled eggs, but oh man is it great for that. It was easy, it was fast." —Apoc

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    Promising review (almond butter): "This was way better than I expected. I bought the cinnamon vanilla bean almond butter to use in my morning smoothies and it gives my smoothies such a good flavor, it makes me think I'm drinking cookie butter!" —JoLynne N McQuillan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (also available in a cinnamon vanilla bean flavor).

    26. A faux marble granite adhesive for an easy way to spruce up your work space. This quick DIY project is waterproof, stain-resistant, and *much* cheaper than purchasing a new one altogether.

    white desk with white marble adhesive
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    Promising review: "I took a chance and bought this originally as a 'Band-Aid fix' to re-finish a desk. I had looked in stores in the adhesive paper aisles, but all of them were just that ... paper. THIS item is actually a thin sheet of vinyl (?) with adhesive, and I ended up liking it so much I bought more and re-finished my kitchen countertop with it as well! Highly recommended if you want to change the look of your counters but you don't have the money for a full remodel just yet. It can be cleaned with dish soap and water just like a real countertop." —Z

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19+ (available in four sizes).

    27. High-waisted leggings, aka the bread and butter of any WFH wardrobe. These provide awesome compression, come in a variety of fab solids and prints, *plus* have over 7,000 positive reviews.

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    Promising review: "These are the best pair of leggings I own, period. I've been a Fabletics fan for quite a while, but these are the new favorite. I'd say they're similar to the Lululemon Align, but that's not being fair to these leggings. The Lulus were not squat-proof, lighter weight, not a good fit, and didn't look good. These look amazing, feel amazing, and are squat-proof. I'll definitely be ordering more." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99 (available in women's sizes XS–XL and 26 patterns).

    28. An adjustable desktop shelf unit so you can keep your WFH necessities within arm's reach. If your bedroom doubles as a home office, this storage solution is just what you need — and it's pretty darn aesthetically pleasing, to boot.

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    Promising review: "This shelf is exactly what I was looking for to organize my messy bedside table. It is small/compact enough to fit on a nightstand and can be adjusted to fit larger tabletops. The installation process was easy because the box contains a collapsible screwdriver alongside the parts." —Kandis R.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    29. Reusable cable ties that will let you put all "this charging cord is tangled beyond help" situations to rest. These simple velcro hooks are an easy (but genius) solution that keep everything from chargers to USB cables in check. Your tangle-induced heartaches = gone.

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    Promising review: "Best purchase I’ve ever made. Literally so convenient to have so many of these for such a cheap price! Absolute lifesaver. Also, I know it’s trashy, but just an example of another one of their uses — you could loop some of these together and make yourself an 'emergency belt' and it would work wonderfully." —Abacus

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

    30. A Mr. Coffee mug warmer because sipping coffee at home is much more leisurely than the "pour, chug, refill" system I follow at the office. This is perfect for slow drinkers who prefer their caffeine hot, hot, and hot — even if they poured it hours ago.

    ceramic mug on the black coffee maker
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    Promising review: "It's going on a little over a year since I got this coffee warmer and I felt I needed to let everyone know that this is the best coffee warmer I've gotten. I work 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it is on the entire time, five to six days a week. It keeps my tea at just the right temperature. Not scalding or room temperature like other warmers I've purchased. The 60-inch cord is long enough to go across my large desk. The hot plate is 3.25 inches in diameter, making it the right size for even my large bottomed coffee mug. The entire warmer is 5.2-by-8.6 inches, so it's not cumbersome having it sit on my desk. This was a great purchase, I'm glad I got it." —Christin Fern

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    31. An ergonomic foot rest that gives you no choice but to improve your posture. Not only will this prevent you from slouching over your laptop, but it also helps alleviates the back and foot pain you'd experience as a result of said slouching. Say it with me: a win-win scenario.

    reviewer using black foot rest under desk
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    Promising review: "When working from home, this really makes a difference. Keeps the back straight and helps prevent fatigue." —Benefits Lady

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95.

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