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    Updated on Jun 24, 2020. Posted on Jun 24, 2020

    25 Problem-Solving Products To Keep At Your Desk

    Dirty keyboards, aching backs, and droopy desk plants are no match for these wonders.

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    1. Some reusable keyboard cleaning goo that'll actually make cleaning your grimy laptop kind of fun. I'm not sure which part is more satisfying — the squishy putty or the amazing results.

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    Gunk sticks to the putty and won't come back out, so you can just squish it into a new shape and use it over and over again. Note that this doesn't kill germs, so you should still be using a disinfectant wipe for that!

    Promising review: "Just wow. This stuff is amazing. The sides of my keys had caked-up dust and grime that was gone in an instant. What could've taken me hours of cleaning took me three minutes. I just spread this on, let it sit for a bit, and ripped it off, and my keyboard looked like new. And I didn't stop there. My monitor, the back of the computer, and the crevices you can't normally reach are all clean. It was effortless, painless, and easy. I even used it on my car dashboard. I'm sure it has tons of uses. Just DON'T GET IT WET." —Aj

    Get four packets from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. An amazingly effective peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oil roll-on headache and migraine relief stick to help stop that all-too-common mid-workday headache in its tracks.

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    I honestly never leave home without this! I started using this magical product a couple of years ago and since then have told approximately 1,089,642 people about it. I keep one in my purse and one on my dresser, and I reorder before I'm actually close to running out. While it won't kill a major migraine on its own, it feels super soothing and cooling. If I end up taking ibuprofen for my headache, this is really nice to use while it kicks in. Also, if I just have a slight headache or just the beginnings of one, a few swipes of this (lightly on my temples and forehead and as heavily as I want on my neck) can actually knock it out or delay it getting worse. I use it all the time at work, and I so wish I'd had it during high school and college to help me get through the day! Read my full Migrastil review.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    3. Miracle-Gro indoor plant food spikes for those office plants you've been tending to for months but that still look sad. Just stick these guys into your plant pot every few weeks so you can keep your foliage coworkers alive and perky — or even revive a plant you thought was long gone.

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    Each spike can be used for 30-60 days, depending on the season. The reviewer pics above are all of the same plant — the left one shows how this magical stuff helped the rather sad dude perk up in just 10 days, and the right one shows that he's like a whole new plant two months later!

    Promising review: "I have a plant in my office and it looks so strong and beautiful, it's almost unbelievable. I highly recommend this product!" —R. Aranda

    Get 48 spikes from Amazon for $2.24. Get some specially designed for orchids here.

    4. Some giant sticky note divider tabs that are even better multi-taskers than you are on your best workday — they can flag pages, hold notes, serve as study aids, and be used as dividers to keep your notebooks hella organized.

    The yellow, orange, pink, green, blue, and purple tabs being used to divide a notebook into study chapters. The one at the front has a list of notes labeled "On Test"
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    Honestly, I'm kinda mad I didn't know about these when I was writing my college thesis! Do you know how many tiny stickies I went through, trying to keep track of useful paragraphs in library books??? I could have just taken notes on these and saved myself so much trouble. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on Redi-Tag dividers.

    Promising review: "These sticky notes are excellent. They come in a booklet, with a clear cover over them and a card-like paper with a blue mandala pattern at the back, which is really neat and beautiful. The colors are quite bright and look exactly as the picture shows. The tabs are neat and noticeable at any angle. I think every student or teacher in high school or college should own these, and many businesspeople should too. They're extremely useful for taking notes, lesson/project/essay/test/other planning, and getting important information down on a note that won't get lost in your planner or notebook. I'll keep these in my book bag and carry them with me to school, and I'll definitely repurchase as soon as I come close to running out." —malik

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $5.69.

    5. Ingenious highlighters with partially clear points so you can actually highlight perfectly every time — you can see clearly now that the bulky marker tip is gone.

    Amazon

    Raise your hand if you're also the kind of person who 1) always accidentally highlights past the end of the sentence and 2) highlights half the page *just in case* it might be important. 🙋

    Promising review: "These are great highlighters. They are smooth, have a great color, and most importantly you can see through the tip to see what you're highlighting. This allows you to keep a straighter line as well as stop at the desired point. Give them a try; I think they're better than a standard highlighter." —JK

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.54.

    6. A corgi tush mouse pad that'll make you LOL at first, ~butt~ then surprise you with how much better it makes your poor wrist feel after endless hours on the computer.

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    He protecc, he attac, but most importantly, he lets your wrist do a relax.

    Promising review: "I was having trouble with my wrist while typing. I bought this to see if it would help. It helped right away — my wrist pain was gone and it is so comfortable! Highly recommend, good quality, cute and comfortable to use." —Shelly Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in nine designs).

    7. A supportive cushion for the seat or back of your desk chair to make sitting in front of your laptop for hours on end easier on your aching back.

    A reviewer photo of both cushions on a desk chair
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    They're both made from memory foam and have removable, washable covers. The seat cushion has over 7,000 (!!!) positive reviews, while the back cushion has over 1,500.

    Promising review: "I have several issues with my back, two herniated disks, scoliosis, and a twisted hip — it's a mess in there. On top of everything I injured my tailbone last summer. The coccyx cushion has been a lifesaver to alleviate sitting pain after the injury and I am pretty happy with the quality of the brand's products and customer service, so I jumped on it when I saw they also make a lumbar pillow. Best decision ever. I am now using my memory foam seat cushion with the lumbar pillow, and they perfectly complete each other and transformed my old office chair into the kind of premium orthopedic chair that'd be sold in ergonomic furniture stores. The lumbar pillow supports my posture and the seat cushion relieves sitting pain. I don't think I can ever go back to sitting long hours without these two. Planning on getting a second set for my dad as a Father's Day gift." —Mario

    Get the seat cushion for $29.95 and the back cushion for $24.95, both from Amazon.

    8. Roll-up flats you can toss in a drawer or bag for when those new heels that were oh-so-fun to strut into the office in this morning aren't quite so fun around 2 p.m.

    Flat Out of Heels

    These shoes (from Black-woman-founded brand Flat Out Of Heels) actually have a sturdy sole, unlike so many flimsy roll-up flats. Plus, amazingly, they're machine washable!

    Promising review (for the silver flats): "Great fit and comfortable! It's like wearing socks!" —Janis L.

    Get the black Oxfords for $29.99 (available in sizes women's sizes S-XL) and the silver ballet flats for $19.99 (available in women's sizes S-XL), both from Flat Out of Heels. Find more styles here.

    9. A genius pencil case with plenty of pouches for way more supplies than just pencils. Because TBH, one of my most distinct memories of being a student is how gross and pencil-dusty everything in my case would get — the zip pockets are perfect for stashing things like tape and erasers that you want to keep fresh!

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    Promising review: "I bought this pencil case during my senior year of high school and I've been using it until now (I'm almost done with my first semester at college!). I was looking for a pencil case that was sturdy (high quality) and organized (with different compartments for different things). If you are a student, I would highly recommend this product. I was pleasantly surprised that my graphing calculator fit in this pencil case. I personally have not had any issues with the zipper or anything for that matter. It's a little big and can take up some space in your backpack, but it's worth it. Honestly, it's sitting on my desk right now and it looks great (almost as good as it did when it first arrived)." —luda nesterchuk

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in eight colors).

    10. A double-ended screen cleaning tool that dispenses cleaning solution, disinfects, and polishes and can be used over and over again. Dusty, fingerprint-covered screens will be a thing of the past.

    A collage of three photos. The top shows "Step 1" with the cleaner-loaded side being used on a screen, then "Step 2" with the polishing side. The bottom shows the hand-size tool on a tablet with half the screen smudged and half shiny clean
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    One side is antimicrobial-treated and packed with enough cleaner for hundreds of uses and is refillable, while the other is an antibacterial-treated polishing cloth that can be adjusted and washed so it stays fresh.

    Promising review: "This product works very well!! I've used it on my phone, tablet, and computer screens. It's very simple to use — just wipe in on and wipe it off. The polishing cloth is adjustable so you always have a clean area on the cloth. The cleaning solution seems to last for a good long time, as long as you remember to put the cap back on as soon as you are done. Great idea! I'm going to order one for my mother." —J Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    11. A Rocketbook Everlast smart notebook, which is here to solve your dilemma of preferring handwritten notes but hating typing them up later (not to mention wasting paper). This futuristic wonder allows you to upload your notes to your devices and reuse the pages over and over just by wiping them clean with water. Seriously.

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    Once scanned, the Rocketbook app will automatically send your notes to preselected apps or email. You can mark each page with one of several special symbols that the app will read and send the notes on that page to the location you've matched with that symbol. It comes with a microfiber cloth and pen but also works with any Pilot Frixion writing utensils. Oh, and it's got over 5,000 (!!!) positive reviews.

    Promising review: "EXCEPTIONAL! This will change your life! This product amazed me and exceeded my expectations. It works exceptionally and as described. The Rocketbook app is so simple and easy to use. The scanning is perfect — it captures the colors, exposes the page with the right lighting, and crops and adjusts the page properly. Each scan takes less than a second, and you can combine multiple pages into one scan and upload them as one document. This is brilliant and I'm so glad I purchased it for school. I have seven classes, and so I assigned each symbol in the notebook to my respective Google Drive folders. The Frixion highlighters and pens erase easily with the included erasers on the pens and effortlessly with a damp microfiber cloth (I provided the link to a very compact microfiber cloth that I use, I'd highly recommend it). Anyway, the product is great, and definitely worth the money." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98+ (available in two sizes and eight colors).

    12. A compact budget book with space to record all the money you have coming in and out, plus pockets for stashing important bills and receipts, for personal *or* work expenses. Look at you, being the only person on your team to actually turn in your expense report on time. 🌟

    The green floral planner open to show its different pages, including monthly and day-to-day pages, and trackers for income, regular payments, and bills. There's also a pretty floral pocket for monthly receipts and bills
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    It's got places to record day-to-day spending, income, regular monthly payments, and totals at the end of the month.

    Promising review: "This is a good size to fit in my work purse. It seems very durable and comes with extra pages for Christmas spending. The sections for receipts are also a great addition. I love, love, love it. It's done wonders for my finances. Now I'm able to see where my money goes each month. I'm able to track my spending each day and have a total for the month. I'd recommend this book to anyone. I'll definitely be buying another as soon as I finish this one." —Kimmy

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    13. Adhesive cable clips so a tangled mess of cords won't get in your way when you're working on a project and it's coming (*extremely Haim voice*) down to the wire.

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    They've got over 2,800 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "I needed this on my desk at work to keep my phone charger cord in place. My previous solution was to place a paperclip on the cord and position that between the two desk pieces. This works great for keeping my cord in place. A coworker was in town visiting my office and saw this, and said it was exactly what she needs too. I plan to use the others at home to help clean up the mess of cords behind the wall where my TV hangs. The open part (where the cord goes in) is bigger than I anticipated, so it can hold more than one cord. However, the lightning end of an iPhone cord stays in it, and the top part where you put the cords in is soft yet springy, so it's easy to get cords in and out. It's also probably smaller in diameter than a quarter, so I have it on top of my desk just out of the way of my mouse pad, and it never gets in the way." —B-Dawg's Dad

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $6.97.

    14. Erasable gel pens for anyone who covets cute stationery but too often finds it to be impractical. Listen, I make too many dang mistakes to rely on most other cutesy fine-tip pens.

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    Also check out more Black womxn-owned Etsy shops!

    Get one for $2.49 (available in four designs) or a set of all four for $11.49, both from TheFinePrintPaperie on Etsy.

    15. A brilliant cereal cup with separate holes for the milk and cereal, so you can simply take a sip of a non-soggy breakfast — with a perfect milk-to-cereal ratio, of course — even if you're rushing to get to the office (or to your desk at home). No need to worry about splattering milk all over your keyboard. Bowls and spoons? I don't know them.

    Amazon

    It's BPA-free and dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS CUP SO MUCH!!! It's amazing, life-changing. Truly revolutionary. Changes the whole game. I use it every morning when I leave for work in a rush because I'm always late. No spoons or anything needed, and fits in the cup holder perfectly. It’s easy to clean and easy to use. The cereal to milk ratio is perfect, I’m never left with too much milk and not enough cereal or vice versa." —Esli Pinto
    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in three colors).

    16. A sweet mini vacuum here to make sure the crumbs from that sandwich you ate at your desk on Tuesday (and the Doritos from Wednesday, and the cookie from Thursday...) don't bug you all week.

    The round, palm-sized vacuum that looks like a ladybug
    Amazon

    IDK about you, but eating lunch at my desk always makes me feel like a success and a failure at the same time. On one hand, I'm getting more work done. On the other hand, my desk always ends up looking like an absolute mess, like the aftermath of a 2-year-old eating crackers.

    Promising review: "I own four of these. My first one is going strong after a year of use and lives on my cutting table in the sewing studio. One is at the office for keeping my desk tidy, and I have one on my bedside table and one on my husband's bedside table. We have retrievers and their hair is a nightmare on flat surfaces. These little bugs make it so fun and easy to keep the fur under control." —Becca

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98+ (available in four designs).

    17. A super cute 15.6-inch laptop bag complete with a roomy, RIFD-blocking back pocket that can fit over a suitcase handle, plus an adjustable shoulder strap. Finally, a sufficiently roomy laptop bag that won't ruin your outfit (and tbh, might be the best part of your outfit).

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    One reviewer said it actually fit their 16-inch Macbook!

    Promising review: "I needed a different computer bag for my work computer so that I didn't grab the wrong one when I left in the mornings and I wanted something stylish. This does the trick. If you need to carry a lot of papers and files this one is not for you. I can get my laptop and an extra monitor in the bag with the codes for them and a mouse. I have a rolling tote for other things and this slips right over the handle for easy carrying. My co-workers want to know where I got it." —Kimberly Cloud

    Get it from Amazon for $28.90 (available in four colors).

    18. A game-changing hanging wall organizer with six removable folders for getting every last one of your loose papers off your desk, while still keeping them sorted and easily accessible for the future. It's even got a handy clear pocket for displaying must-see documents.

    The organizer next to a desk. It lies flat against the wall, with yellow, orange, pin, green, blue, and purple pockets in addition to the clear one
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    Each folder can hold up to 25 sheets and the whole thing can be collapsed and secured with the attached cord for easy transport. It even comes with blank stickers for labeling the tabs. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this Smead organizer.

    Promising review: "I've used one of these for several years, and when it got damaged, I ran right out to replace it. It's bright and easy to use. We use it as a way to communicate with our staff. Each person has their folder, and I have a place to put items I need to know they received. I have three of these for three different purposes. What I love best about this product is that when I'm in a hurry and on my way to a meeting, this file system has my back. I hang one by the door of my office so I can grab the file I need. It's colorful and has helped me color-code my projects as well. Now, I've begun to think of my needs in terms of colors and I can find them quickly and easily. The calendar pocket in the front is also helpful. I have another one of these for family hung by the back door of the mudroom at home." —Shelly Sidhu

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    19. Super satisfying Winky Lux matcha blotting papers anyone with oily or combination skin will be grateful to have on hand before a big meeting or Zoom call, or just for when your skin feeling like deep fryer starts to distract you from your inbox.

    Target

    Oil is no ~matcha~ for these babies. My work wife and fellow BuzzFeed Shopping editor Yi Yang has them at her desk, and back when we were working in the office instead of from home I would mooch them off her on the reg. She's someone with fairly oily skin and uses these for blotting pretty much every afternoon, while my skin has oily days and dry days. Still, sometimes I'll use one of these and go "OMG" when I see how much oil it's gotten off my face. So effective and so satisfying. Plus, they're vegan, cruelty-free, and PRETTY!

    Get a pack of 100 sheets from Target for $8.

    20. A pretty file folder that can expand to hold up to 150-200 sheets of paper and has a tab closure to keep said sheets in place — I sheet you not. Just one of these can replace (and hold) several of the flimsy, slippery folders you usually use.

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    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on these folders.

    Promising review: "I'm a college student with a lot of papers to carry. I was looking for something cute and easy to carry that fits manila folders and keeps smaller folders from getting crinkly. This DID IT. I can't express how much I love this — I got a second one that's coming very soon! I can throw loose leaf papers, folders, or even books or small notebooks in this, and nothing gets crinkled or bent. I get a lot of compliments on it as well!" —Alexa Viz

    Get the solid color for $7.99 (available in 10 colors) or the floral for $7.99 (available in four colors), both from Amazon.

    21. A clever desk organizer set with a magnetic wooden base and six storage compartments you can rearrange to your heart's content, to banish desk clutter once and for all in a way that's very ~attract~-ive (literally, because magnets).

    Amazon

    It's got four cups (two tall, one medium, and one small), a phone stand, and a sticky note tray.

    Promising review: "I love this desk organizer! My desk is always cluttered and then I lose my phone in the mess of it all. This has a place for everything! A cup for pens, trays for Post-It notes and paper clips, and most importantly, my phone. The best part is, I can organize the containers in any configuration I want. This is huge for me and I love that the grid has magnets. It's so easy to change the layout at any point. The base is bamboo and looks great contrasted with my dark desk. I’m so happy I ordered it. It’s a great addition to my home office." —Nicki27

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in three colors).

    22. A calming lavender lotion to keep your hands in working condition, instead of shriveling up from the dryness of washing them so often.

    The tube of Aveeno lotion
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I initially bought this lotion to keep at my desk because I wash my hands frequently and my hands get really dry. The lotion works well and the smell is amazing. What is really a testament to how great it is is that all my coworkers tried it and now everyone uses my lotion constantly. Everyone loves this lotion." —whataryder

    Get it from Amazon for $5.42.

    23. An under-desk bike for anyone who knows they spend way too much of the day sitting but don't have much choice but to spend all that time at their desk. It'll also help you release all the nervous energy in your fidgety legs!

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    Over 2,000 reviewers swear by this quiet and super sleek one, which has eight resistance settings and a screen to show you stats like calories, distance, time, and speed.

    Promising review: "I had been getting pretty worried about how long I sit at my desk all day, and then for meals, and then for TV. I am sitting on my butt for maybe 12-14 hours per day!! It's really bad for us. This puts an end to that worry. I may get a second one for downstairs, for watching TV. I knew from the weight of the box that this was not some cheap, flimsy thing. It is very solidly built. It just fits under my desk with 27-inch clearance. I rest my feet on it all day long, so it reduces the pressure on my butt and thighs. And I take a little cycle on it whenever the thought occurs to me, for 30 seconds, a minute, two minutes. It has eight adjustable levels, from easy peasy to hard. I could not be more happy with it and would recommend it to anyone." —Paul A. Harrison

    Get it from Amazon for $189.

    24. Work-themed affirmation cards to keep on hand for when you or a coworker are having a rough day and could use a confidence boost or some inspo to help get focused.

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    Promising review: "I have over 100 employees and can't reach everyone as closely as I would like. I hand these out to show I am aware that every employee is going through something, somewhere, and that I care. If it helps them, a friend or colleague, or they see it when they need it in a week — if it helps just one person, I feel it is worth the effort. They were a big hit with those who needed them!!!!! Thank you!!" —Barbara Melton

    Get a box of 50 from Amazon for $13.52.

    25. A mini massage roller ball you can keep on your desk top and even pop in the freezer or pair with essential oils for an extra relaxing experience. It's just what your neck, shoulders, and honestly whole dang body need after being hunched over your screen all day.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this to keep at my desk at work. It's small and easy to handle. I always use it on my neck while I'm at my desk, and if you have someone to use it on your back it feels wonderful." —Sunshine P.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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