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Just 32 Things To Help Improve Your WFH Experience

A functional home office... even if your office is a cramped corner of your bedroom.

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.

2. Wireless Bluetooth earbuds with 80,000+ reviews because your roommate is on their 90th Zoom happy hour of the week and the walls are paper thin. These are sweat-proof, block noise, last up to four hours on a single charge (the case itself has 14 hours of charging time), and don't cost a small fortune — aka your heart won't break when you forget to take these out of your jean pockets on laundry day.

Reviewer image of two black earbuds next to their charging case

3. A six-outlet wall charger with two USB fast-charging ports *and* a night-light, because your entire apartment has a single outlet and considering all the devices that need to be charged... that simply won't suffice. Luxury is being able to juice up my phone, laptop, and earbuds at the same damn time.

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

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

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

7. Button extenders that add an extra 1" to your waistline and can be used on jeans, slacks, and Jake from State Farm-inspired khakis. Read my lips: No more metal buttons digging into your belly button!

8. A memory foam seat cushion to take your uncomfortable childhood desk chair and turn it into something that you can actually sit on for eight+ hours. An ergonomic design prevents bad posture, plus a gel layer provides ultimate support.

the u-shaped pillow on chair

9. A long-sleeved jumpsuit that requires absolutely 👏 no 👏 effort 👏. Finding a matching top and bottom before your morning cup of coffee? Inconceivable. Slip this cozy one-piece on instead.

Model wearing jumpsuit

10. Silicone ear grips for your favorite pair of prescription frames. These anti-slip holders basically ensure that your glasses stay put, meaning constant re-adjusting and slipping down your nose? A thing of the past! Plus, these won't dig into your skin and give you a headache.

tortoiseshell frames with black silicone grippers

11. An open front cardigan so — honestly, scratch that. It's not a cardigan. It's a blanket with pockets and sleeves. And it deserves our admiration and respect.

reviewer wearing the grey blanket hoodie

12. A Logitech wireless keyboard so you can avoid the frustration (and inevitable spelling mistakes) that come from typing out a ~professional~ email on your iPad. Autocorrect! It usually does more harm than good! Plus, this lightweight home office staple can even connect to your cell.

13. 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

14. 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.

15. 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

16. 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.

17. 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

18. 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.

19. 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

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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

24. 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

25. 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.

26. 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

27. 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.

28. A Dash rapid cooker to take the ~hard~ work out of delicious egg-based dishes. Starting your day with a real meal = giving yourself structure that WFH life often lacks.

egg cooker with red base and clear glass cover

29. 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

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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 alleviate 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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