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    Apr 2, 2020

    31 Essentials To Keep On Hand If You're Working From Home

    Because we never thought we'd be working full-time from our childhood bedroom.

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    1. A brass table lamp so your motivation never suffers from dim surroundings if you have very little natural lighting. Plus you'll stay alert if you have to deal with any late night emails.

    Target

    Promising review: "I love this lamp! It's both perfect in form and function! The style works for any decor. The head of the lamp can actually move all the way around (horizontally) and it can also move vertically. To me, that's a cool design feature. I highly recommend this lamp!" —Sasha34

    Get it from Target for $39.99.

    2. A corgi mouse pad for making long WFH hours feel a little less ~ruff~ by providing plush carpal tunnel prevention. Sadly he can't do your work for you due to more reasons than just opposable thumbs. But he's good company!

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This mouse pad is so cute and the cushion is so soft and comfortable." —kaseys

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $9.99 (originally $16.95).

    3. A USB charging station that'll keep all of your devices in one place and directly where you need them. You can get up to ~seven~ ports so you don't need to use every outlet in the room (a little distracting).

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I love my charging station. It is a great way to charge several items at a time. It's a great convenience to be able to charge many different devices without having to wait until one is finished charging to charge a second one; this way time is saved." —Valarie

    Get it from The Grommet for $29.95.

    4. And! A set of cord organizers to keep all your cords in one neat pile and out of your dang way while you try to focus. Decluttered desk = better mindset.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I love love these ties. I use them on all cords that are left loose on floor. Everything looks a lot neater. I also use them on my hair dryer and iron. They work great." —Catherine

    Get a pack of four 10" cable ties from The Grommet for $10.95 (available in four colors).

    5. A Blue Bottle cold brew bottle, because this'll make sure much-needed caffeine is readily available at all times of the day. If your life has felt a little emptier without your old 2 p.m. iced coffee runs, you have your solution.

    Blue Bottle Coffee

    Just use ground coffee and clean water, then leave it in the fridge for 8 to 12 hours.

    Get it from Blue Bottle Coffee for $35.

    6. A rainbow pen organizer so you can put an end to desperately digging around for a pen every time you need to jot something down during a video meeting.

    Dyvosvit Decor / Etsy

    Promising review: "This is the most gorgeous pencil holder. It came beautifully packaged. It's very well-made and is unique — I just love it." —vintagejean

    Get it from Dyvosvit Decor on Etsy for $36.

    7. A set of daily planning sticky notes for a super easy way to get more organized. You can list out your to-dos in order of importance (and check 'em off) so even incredibly busy days feel more manageable.

    Knock Knock

    Promising review: "I started using this notepad a couple of months ago at work as a way to pare down what was absolutely necessary to do. Each morning, I use yesterday's list to create today's list and it is so useful! I have a tendency of writing down way too many to-dos and this list forces me to write only the most essential things. Definitely a stress reliever!" —lothlorienbaby

    Get it from Knock Knock for $7.

    8. A document holder that'll keep important memos that you REALLY can't forget about, lose, or straight-up ignore right in front of your face. If your dog is interrupting you every two minutes, this'll be an easy to way to keep track of priorities.

    The Container Store

    Promising review: "I love this little product. It's small, doesn't take up much space at all, and makes working at my cramped desk so easy. It's small enough to travel with me anywhere and holds my papers without damaging them." —Emily Lozano

    Get it from The Container Store for $6.39.

    9. A Google Wi-Fi device to ensure everyone in your home can rely on fast and uninterrupted internet, even if you're all working at the same time (probably). It provides a stronger signal than your traditional router and can be shared by multiple devices at once — aka your video conference won't buffer for 15 minutes anymore.

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    It provides up to 1,500 sq. ft. of coverage, is Wi-Fi protected, and is compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

    Promising review: "This works great! We have a lot of mirrors and glass in our house with a microwave right in-between the rooms that caused a lot of interference previously, even with an extender to help. This works much faster, provides a steadier connection, and works great for gaming! Highly recommend!" —Moonlitjasmine

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $99 (originally $129).

    Concerned about protecting your smart home devices? Check out "9 ~Hacks~ For Keeping Hackers Out Of Your Smart Home Devices".

    10. A PopSocket phone stand, because this'll help you prevent yourself from religiously checking your texts, instead of doing your work. Your notifications will be much easier to quickly read...just maybe mute that group chat for now.

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    Get it from PopSocket for $30.

    11. An HP black ink cartridge so you're fully stocked now that your printer is probably getting more use than ever before. There's nothing worse than running out of ink *righttt* when you need it most — better to be prepared.

    Staples

    You can also shop HP's full ink cartridge selection (including colored ink).

    Promising review: "I have used this product in my printer for a while now. It's economical and you get a good amount of copies for the money. I would recommend this product to others." —Adrianne F.

    Get it from HP or Staples for $18.99.

    12. A set of drawer-organizing boxes for keeping your *desk* drawer from turning into a new *junk* drawer. These'll make sure everything has a proper place — and will keep it that way.

    Overstock

    Get them from Overstock: a rectangular box for $17.69 and a larger square box for $12.49, listed separately.

    13. A productivity planner inspired by the Pomodoro method that'll make all your tasks, both big and small, seem more achievable. If you're easily overwhelmed by working in a space outside your office, this'll help break everything down so it seems more manageable.

    Urban Outfitters

    You can list your tasks in order of importance and rate your productivity level at the end of every day. Plus it's non-dated so you can start whenever.

    Promising review: "Now that I’ll be working from home, I need more structure and this helps me do that! It helps me organize my days more and prioritize!" —Audrey1996

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $26.

    14. A peel-and-stick dry-erase calendar to easily keep track of your new schedule, while still protecting your security deposit #nonails. If you struggle to feel productive at home, setting deadlines with this can help!

    PBTeen

    Get it from PBTeen for $19 (originally $24).

    15. A seat cushion, because this'll both improve your posture *and* maximize comfort (hello, memory foam) even if you're currently working with your mom's kitchen chair. Ouch.

    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I bought this for my desk at work since I am there eight hours a day. I figured this was the best way to sit on my chair. I have better posture and fewer pains. I am satisfied." —Tiffany

    Get it from Wayfair for $25.99 (available in two colors).

    16. An electronics cleaning brush so you can keep your keyboard free of crumbs. I KNOW I'm not the only one eating chips over my laptop every day — this'll help us get rid of the evidence.

    Oxo

    It has two sides: The silicone wiper end cleans hard-to-reach dust and dirt from keys and edges. The other (retractable) brush side uses sturdy bristles to thoroughly clean camera lenses.

    Get it from Oxo for $5.99 (available in two colors).

    17. And! A sweep-and-swipe laptop cleaner for getting rid of pesky screen smudges. You want to see everyone on Zoom CLEARLY.

    Oxo

    It has two sides: The retractable brush sweeps away dirt and crumbs, while the microfiber cleaning pad takes care of corners to clean smudges, oils, and fingerprints.

    Get it from Oxo for $9.99.

    18. A pair of Marshall Bluetooth headphones that'll successfully block out your siblings' ruckus while you try to work in peace. Not only do these have a 30-hour battery life and super crisp audio, but their cushioned, over-ear pads help muffle any outside noise.

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    These are compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

    Promising review: "Phone calls are crystal clear, they're lightweight, and have an awesome battery life. I listen to music with the headphones for a minimum of an hour a day and I charge it about once a month." —edog34

    Get them from Nordstrom for $149 (available in two colors).

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    19. An acrylic tray to keep all your documents in one neat pile so you don't always awkwardly search for 10 minutes in front of your entire team on Zoom. At least they can't see your pajama pants that you've worn for a week straight.

    Society6

    Get it from Cafelab on Society6 for $33.60 (originally $42).

    20. A desk riser, because this'll make more room on your tiny desk that you've had since high school. Who knew you would ever use it so much again? Sigh.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "It's really useful, it makes lots of extra space on the desk underneath the computer." —audreyurban

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39+ (available in two sizes).

    21. A chic trash can so you don't have to get up every time you finish ANOTHER snack. Working from home requires at least five snacks a day and I simply won't hear otherwise. But now your desk doesn't have to be filled with wrappers.

    West Elm

    It has a wooden handle.

    Get it from West Elm for $20 (available in two colors).

    22. A Capri Blue reed diffuser for combining the refreshing scents of tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, limes, and orchids to feel a little more awake every time you just want to give up and watch Netflix. Energizing scents = clearer mind.

    Anthropologie

    This comes with everything you need: the fragranced oil, reeds, and a glass bottle.

    Promising review: "We bought this for our office; I love the smell so much that I had to buy for my home. It's such an easy way to keep your place smelling amazing." —Yals

    Get it from Anthropologie for $34 (available in two scents).

    23. A wireless mouse that'll give your fingers sweet, sweet relief from solely using your laptop controls. Just one step closer to making our home workspace feel every bit as professional as our old office.

    HP

    It comes with a USB connector to charge.

    Promising review: "I bought this mouse to accompany my new HP laptop. The design and look are great. It feels good in the hand and is very comfortable to use. I would highly recommend this purchase. It's a great mouse for the money." —HP Customer

    Get it from HP for $16.50.

    24. A set of avocado paper clips to make huge workloads feel less ~rotten~ by marking your spot so you can take a break and come back later. Time to go have another conversation with the dog.

    Meeko and Louie / Etsy

    Get a set of 10 from Meeko and Louie on Etsy for $3.72.

    25. An adjustable laptop desk, because this'll let you work in different parts of your home if you need to switch things up. And! You can use it as a standing desk to help break up the day.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Promising review: "I love this laptop desk! I use it for many things besides just my laptop! I use it for snacks and for correspondences like bill paying or letters and cards. I even use it for small bead crafts. It’s very versatile with the ability to position it however you need it! I absolutely love it!" —Meme G.

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $39.99.

    26. A cozy plaid blanket so you can make your workspace feel just as comforting as your bed *without* actually straying from your desk.

    Nordstrom

    Get it from Nordstrom for $46.80 (originally $78).

    27. An all-in-one desk organizer with three compartments (one big enough for files), removable dividers, *and* cord management openings in the back for never having so much as a pencil out of place again. Clean desk = good work day.

    The Container Store

    This doubles as a charging station!

    Promising review: "I love this desktop organizer! It has the versatility that many others don’t have by having adjustable compartments. It gives you the flexibility to really make it your own." —The Container Store Customer

    Get from The Container Store for $19.99.

    28. A wireless keyboard with a built-in rubber cradle to support devices vertically that'll not only give you a break from your laptop if you're not used to always working on it, but organize all of your other small electronics.

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    It's compatible with PC, Mac, Android and Apple iOS devices. It comes with two AAA batteries and a USB receiver.

    Promising review: "It's easy to set up and use with multiple devices with Bluetooth. I enjoy the smoothness and quietness of the key strokes. I like that it has number pad, which makes it very useful when using number keys. It has an integrated stand that can be used to hold up a tablet or phone if necessary, making it very convenient. Overall, this is the best keyboard I've ever purchased. I highly recommend." —RT80

    Get it from Best Buy for $79.99.

    29. A motivating sticker book, because this'll help you make sense of your huge to-do list in a way that feels much more approachable. It even comes with little reminders to take a breath and make time for self-care — important when office hours don't feel set!

    Paper Source

    You'll get 100+ stickers!

    Get it from Paper Source for $12.95.

    30. A cool mist humidifier so you can create a soothing atmosphere whenever you start to feel a little TOO pressured to stay super productive while remote. Some peppermint aromatherapy oil should help clear your head and regain focus.

    Target

    The humidifier comes with a 360-degree rotating mist nozzle and can work for up to 25 hours.

    Promising review: "I loved this thing so much, I ditched two other humidifiers with new versions of this exact one I have in my home office. It's an excellent design, simple to use (and easy to take care of to ensure continued use), and a fantastic warranty for such a product." —PaperTowelHater

    Get them from Target: a humidifier for $39.99 and a bottle of peppermint essential oil for $6.99.

    31. An HD webcam for being able to call into video conferences if your home computer doesn't have an installed camera (or the one that *did* come with your laptop is super slow and grainy).

    Dell

    It offersHD 1080p streaming for video and stereo audio, autofocus, and has a microphone.

    Promising review: "This is a great camera. The color is crisp and the tracking is precise. There is no picture freeze when I'm moving around. I'm glad I bought two!" —Fitzw12

    Get it from Dell for $69.99.

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