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    51 Things You'll Probably Want On Hand In 2021 If You Have To Work From Home

    2021 called and it wants you to finally invest in a memory foam seat cushion for your lower back, stat.

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    1. A roll-on migraine stick made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to help you soothe away that vague headache you sometimes get from sitting in one place for too long (Big Work From Home Mood, y'all).

    Reviewer holding lip balm-sized tube of roll on migraine stick

    2. A delightfully bendy desk lamp that not only charges right up with a USB cord, but will also serve as a port to charge your phone. Behold this glorious intersection of style and function!

    A white desk lamp with a sloped bending stand

    3. A pack of NeuroGum made with a blend of caffeine and nootropics, designed to give you energy five times faster than regular coffee — without jitters or sluggishness afterward. That 3 p.m. WFH slump when you suddenly have the attention span of a goldfish just met its match.

    4. A pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones so you can go into full ~flow~ free of all the distractions in your space (read: the temptation of Netflix, the 15 Reddit tabs open on your browser, and your cat who for some reason thinks your keyboard is his own personal bed).

    Model with a pair of dark teal over the ear headphones

    5. Or a set of affordable, highly popular (seriously, these have over 80,000 popular reviews) wireless Bluetooth earbuds so you can block out distracting noise during the day. These are also super handy for ~walk and talkers~ — you can easily pace around the room during phone calls to stay energized and focused.

    Reviewer image of two black earbuds next to their charging case

    6. An adorable We Rate Dogs daily calendar to brighten up your day every single time you sit down at your desk. What? Did we do?? To deserve dogs????? 😭

    A daily tear off calendar with a picture of a cute dog on it and a little blurb about it

    7. A memory foam seat cushion for your tushy so effective at relieving pressure from your tailbone that you'll finally stop losing sleep over your love-hate relationship with your chair.

    A reviewer's swivel office chair with a memory foam cushion resting on it

    8. A set of Monkey Noodles, a quiet sensory toy that stretches, pulls, twirls, wraps, *and* squeezes, so you can keep your restless self on task during those endless Zoom calls that feel like you just aged six years in an hour.

    Reviewer image of five long noodle-shaped toys in different colors

    9. A handy dry erase door hanger so you can let other people in your home know that this is extremely not the time to barge in and ask if you've seen their sweatpants anywhere.

    Hanger that says "shhh, i am ..." with options for being on a call, working, reading, napping, with a blank to say until what time and other instructions

    10. A keyboard cleaning gel, because if you are anything like me then working from home means that your laptop is working overtime both as a keyboard and as a lunch tray ("Alexa, how do you get Cheez-It crumbs out of a laptop fan???).

    A model using a yellow squishy gel to press on a keyboard and pull up crumbs

    11. A ventilated laptop stand you can prop on a table or a desk to make it more WFH-friendly. This makes your laptop screen eye-level to reduce neck and shoulder strain, and gives your laptop fan space to breathe so it doesn't overheat.

    A laptop resting on the stand on a desk

    12. An adjustable, portable standing desk so you can break up the monotony of your day by standing for a bit and getting the blood flowing to your legs. Also a great solution if your desk is a little too low for comfort!

    A silver adjustable standing desk propped on a table with a laptop on it

    13. A set of elegant matching desk accessories to bring some order to your space. An organized space = an organized mind = you'll be so good at working from home that you'll be tempted to start a lifestyle blog about it (you do you, y'all).

    The pink accessories on a desk

    14. A selfie ring light for all your Zoom presentations, so you can trick your coworkers into thinking you live inside a beautifully-lit Instagram apartment instead of a snack dungeon.

    A lit selfie ring on a tripod pointing at a reviewer's desk set up

    15. A waterproof, stain-resistant faux marble granite adhesive you can use on an old desk to magic it into a sleeker, brand-new version, so you'll actually look forward to working on it every day.

    Faux white and granite covering a white desk

    16. A set of adhesive cable clips you can stick to your desk to keep your charging cables locked in one convenient place, so your desk doesn't become a veritable jungle of cords that makes you wince every time you see it.

    A model showing the adhesive back of the small holder before putting it on a desk and putting a cable in it

    17. A set of nonstick, reusable toaster oven bags so you can make grilled cheese and paninis for quick breakfasts and lunches at home instead of spending $15 on a wilting delivery salad.

    18. A mug warmer that'll keep your coffee piping hot long after you brew it, because for some reason coffee slips into the time-space-WFH continuum when you're drinking it from your couch.

    A mug on a black round mug warming surface on a table

    19. A time-marked water bottle to remind you to stay hydrated during the day, which is especially important when you're WFH — it's even easier to feel anxious or tired when you're on your lonesome, and being dehydrated can def make it even worse.

    20. A set of adjustable desk shelves to organize your professional knickknacks and make your WFH space feel dimensional and cozy.

    A set of small shelves in a light wood holding books and pencils and succulents

    21. An adorably encouraging daily planner you can fill out throughout the course of each day to keep yourself on track for all your calls, goals, and even your water intake — an easy solution for anyone who sometimes gets so focused on tasks they forget to come up for air.

    A blank page of the planner

    22. Or for the ~big picture~ thinkers, a weekly notepad to remind you of what the top priorities for each day are, so you don't feel as overwhelmed while powering through them.

    A notepad with space to write under for each weekday and next week's goals

    23. Plus a set of eye-popping fine point pens designed for planners and journals, so you can — gasp — color code your tasks, putting a fun twist on them that makes it all the more motivating to stay focused 🌈.

    Fine point pens in 18 different colors

    24. A pour-over coffee maker you can rely on while you're surfing shared Google docs — no muss, no fuss, and no fancy coffee gadgets busting on you and making you regret the day both you and the Starbucks mermaid were born.

    Glass pourover coffee maker with cork around it

    25. Or a cold brew coffee maker so gloriously easy to use that all you have to do is stick your favorite ground coffee in the filter, seal the airtight lid on top, and pop it in the fridge overnight. Boom, four cups of cold brew to keep you energized through all...the meetings...that should have been emails.

    A pitcher with a coffee filter and a large handle, full of iced coffee in a fridge

    26. A low-impact under-the-desk elliptical for anyone who gets distracted by aches and pains from sitting in one position all day — this can help keep you loose.

    27. Or a compact, TikTok-famous rolling desk bike pretty much guaranteed to keep even the most restless among us on task. Sorry @ your actual desk.

    A model on a white bike desk with a tray steadying their laptop

    28. Or!!!! A universal laptop treadmill desk attachment so you can power walk through the embarrassment of a text from your mom popping up while you were screensharing to half your coworkers.

    29. An Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon's most popular Alexa-enabled device, because it comes equipped with a new "Work From Home" routine. You can personally tailor it to have Alexa remind you when to start your day, when to take breaks, when to eat, when to start making dinner, and — most importantly!! — when to log the heck off.

    A white circular Amazon Echo dot on a table

    30. An insulated soundproofing strip that easily sticks to the outer rims of your door so you and your roommate can both be on a Skype call without hearing each other's coworkers echoing in the distance.

    31. A "take a break" digital wall print with a comforting minimalist design to remind you to do! just! that! at least a few times a day, and to fully log off when you do.

    sign that says "don't forget to take a break and just breathe"

    32. A pair of blue-light-blocking glasses to help defend your eyeballs against the strain of your transition from phone to laptop to television to laptop to phone, aka your eyes' new itinerary.

    A reviewer sitting on a couch with their laptop in their lap, wearing the blue light glasses

    33. A set of floppy disk coasters to remind you of the good old days, where there were only one or two ways you could accidentally miss a correspondence from a coworker instead of 15,000.

    34. A rotating, heated back and neck massager to work out all of the knots in your odds and ends that you're starting to name after individual Excel spreadsheets.

    A reviewer holding the massager, which has three rotating heated balls under the fabric on both sides

    35. A pair of Under Armour fleece pants that were basically invented for anyone who wants to work in their pajamas in their heart, but isn't yet emotionally ready to take the full leap.

    A model in the navy blue pants

    36. Or a pair of very popular, absurdly cozy joggers you can stay comfy in at your desk without overheating.

    A model in black cuffed joggers

    37. A whole bunch of delicious snacks with some major "there's free food in the office kitchen!" vibes, in case you, like me, are someone who loves popcorn as much as they love their coworkers.

    A box full of assorted snacks

    38. A "hierarchy of remote work needs" print to keep at your desk as a reminder that the new self-actualization is logging the heck off at the end of the day and living your human life.

    A pyramid that says "hierarchy of remote needs" with jokes based on Maslow's hierarchy of needs

    39. A thin, waterproof desk pad you can use as a mouse pad, a writing surface, or just a chic way to tie the chaos of your desk together.

    A model typing at their desk with the mat under their laptop and accessories

    40. A polite but firm door sign for anyone whose pets are just as distractible as they are — truly, dog owners are all one innocent door knock away from having their entire afternoon derailed by someone who thinks they're going to get an extra W-A-L-K.

    Wooden sign that says "We are working from home, please do not knock, easily distracted pets inside"

    41. A memory foam gel pad for your wrists, which might relieve some of the cramping and wrist pain that comes with holding your hands over your keyboard the whole live long day.

    A model typing with one hand and using a mouse with the other, their wrists propped up by the pads

    42. A phone holder that'll make it a heck of a lot easier to make work calls over FaceTime or Gchat, or just to see when a text from your BFF comes through with a much-needed TikTok link for an extra lil' serotonin boost.

    43. A lightweight breakfast tray you can prop next to you on your bed, because let's be honest, 90% of the Gchats you're sending your coworkers are from deep inside a mountain of your sheets.

    A model sitting on the floor with a wooden breakfast tray elevating food

    44. A 42-page Rocketbook Fusion reusable notebook that works the same way all their products do — you can write on its pages the way you would a regular notebook, upload the page onto your devices, and wipe the notebook clean with water to use all over again.

    A model writing in the planner page of a Rocket notebook

    45. A mini fridge that may truly be the MVP of working from home, particularly if you're sharing a space with others and want to limit distracting trips to the kitchen — this has just enough space to stock your favorite snacks and seltzers for little pick-me-ups through the day.

    46. An under-the-desk foot rest to help take pressure off your feet and lower back, subtly fixing your posture and preventing some of the aches and pains that come from parking it at your home desk all day long.

    A reviewer image of a person's feet on the black foot rest pad under a desk

    47. A set of decorative succulents to give your space a sense of calm and order (and also to low key Instagram story your setup and show off your ~WFH aesthetic~).

    Four small round glass succulent planters with little succulents in them on a desk

    48. A white noise machine that makes a constant pfshhhhhh noise or nature sounds to help mask outside noises like construction or your neighbor's Netflix queue.

    A hand-sized white noise machine on a bedside table

    49. A "because Zoom meetings" wineglass so you can wrap up every night toasting to the memory of you awkwardly waving goodbye to your coworkers like a cast member of a children's show every time you log off.

    A clear wine glass that says "because Zoom meetings" in black text

    50. A mini inflatable tube guy for your desk to cheer you on (or remind you to take a lil' dance break whenever you overwork yourself).

    A red inflatable figure on a desk

    Entering 2021 with a revamped WFH setup like:

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