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    24 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. A standing desk about to become your favourite 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.

    Model using a laptop on an adjustable standing desk
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $70.88.

    2. 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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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.99+ (available in orange and blue).

    3. 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.

    The wooden desk calendar
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $36.99.

    4. 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.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $32.99+ (available in three colours).

    5. 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+.

    A person sitting on the balance ball chair
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $103.97+ (available in six colours).

    6. A pair of noise-cancelling headphones, so you won't be distracted by a loud-talking roommate or a noisy neighbour when you're just trying to get that presentation done. And you'll get up to 40 hours of playback on a single charge!

    A person wearing the over-ear headphones
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    Get them from Amazon Canada for $67.90.

    7. A small space heater that'll fit right on your desk, so you won't have to shiver under three sweaters and a pile of blankets.

    A reviewer photo of the space heater on the desk and the reviewer giving a thumbs up
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $29.99.

    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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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $24.99 (available in two sizes and six colours).

    9. A pair of blue light-blocking glasses, because the last thing you need is a headache after staring at your screen all day. These will filter out the blue light from your devices, preventing eye strain and nasty head tension.

    A person wearing blue-light blocking glasses
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    "NO headache, and NO more tired eyes! I can work even longer without feeling like I need to look away before my screen burns holes into my eyes, and I'm in an overall happier mood because I don't have headaches anymore — in fact, since getting these glasses two weeks ago, I haven't had a single headache or moment of tired eyes! Loooooove these glasses!" —Jasmin Suknanan

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Blue Light-Blocking Glasses (#11 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.96+. Available in seven colours.

    10. 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.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $29.99+ (available in three strengths).

    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 colours (including lots of neutral hues that won't ever clash).

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $35.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 15 colours).

    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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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.99.

    13. A colour-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 50 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).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $46.99.

    14. 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.

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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!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $84.

    15. 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.

    The apple watch connected to a scrunchie-like band
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $16.99+ (available in two sizes and 30 patterns).

    16. 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
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    "It helps me break down my weekly tasks by priority so I never get overwhelmed by a busy week — aka when I get an email about something I need to do, instead of going 'oh crap, I need to remember to do that later,' I just write it down and finish whatever I'm doing first. I should mention each page is technically for individual days, but luckily for me I don't have an entire agenda per day, so I plan out by week. Dare I say, I owe these little sloth heads full credit for keeping me out of stress mode every week — they just a have a way with...planning? Who knew!" —Emma McAnaw

    To learn more, check out "Just 10 Things You'll Want To Try In July."

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $6.99.

    17. 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.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $31.99. Check out an option that'll blend in with wood floors.

    18. 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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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $79.99.

    19. 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.

    egg cooker with red base and clear glass cover
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    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.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $36.14 (available in four colours).

    20. 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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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $16.99+ (available in four sizes).

    21. A 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.

    The wooden desktop organizer
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $40.99.

    22. 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.

    A before and after photo showing tangled cords that are then organized and fastened neatly
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    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon Canada for $12.99.

    23. 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.

    A ceramic mug warming on the mug warming device
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $24.51.

    24. 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.

    The foot support helps with lumbar support and posture correction
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $34.95.

    You, when you finally learn to love the WFH life:

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