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    43 WFH Essentials You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner

    You're gonna be so productive, you might not even recognize yourself.

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    1. An adjustable wooden desk organizer so you can keep work-related books nearby as you power through your 9–5. But maybe keep a few non work–related books there too for when your brain needs a break.

    the black wooden desk organizer on a desk
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got this to make some extra space on my desk. Worked out perfect! It was easy to assemble." —Nay

    Get it from Amazon for $20.56+ (available in four finishes).

    2. A pack of six self-adhesive cable clips to help keep your work space organized since all of your devices' charger cords are currently tangled in an impossible knot.

    Promising review: "These are so cool! My husband and I both work from home and have tons of charging cords for us and our kids and they’re usually just dangling around. These help us keep those organized and neat, making them not only look better but easier to find." —Milica P.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $7.97.

    3. A memory foam chair cushion that'll turn any chair into a comfy office chair. It'll also help relieve lower back and tushy discomfort. Plus, its heat responsive technology and ergonomic design mean you can say goodbye to bad posture and joint pain.

    reviewer image of the everlasting comfort seat cushion on a wooden chair

    4. memory foam under-desk footrest for a little super soft n' cushy relief in the middle of your busy work day. It's also adjustable and convertible, so you can fully customize it to meet your specific comfort needs.

    reviewer POV view of feet on foot rest under a home office desk
    reviewer photo pressing hand on foot rest, showing how soft it is

    Promising review: "Freaking love this thing! I have to sit for like 8–10 hours a day right now in the early years of med school and it’s been a game changer for my back! I mostly use it upside down so I can rock my feet back and forth but I like the soft side, too, when I’m trying to sit still. Highly recommend if you have a sore tailbone at the end of a long work/study day." —Bails

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95+ (available in velvet or mesh).

    Head over to our list of the best under-desk footrests to see some other styles!

    5. And a memory foam gel pad because you don't have to subject your poor little wrists to constant cramping while you tip tap away on your keyboard all day. How poetic.

    It comes in two pieces — one you can prop in front of your keyboard, and the other in front of your mouse.

    Promising review: "I've been working from home due to COVID and began experiencing wrist pain. The soft cushion from both items provided the relief I needed. Great products and price!" —Gaga2015

    Get it from Amazon for $13.96+ (available in 13 colors and patterns).

    6. A six-outlet wall charger designed to house larger chargers as well as USBs (and those ports offer fast-charging). It even functions as a nightlight if you tend to work into the wee hours.

    7. An angled, glass dry-erase desktop whiteboard that'll fit right between your monitor and keyboard so you can easily take notes while you work.

    Reviewer pic of the long rectangle-shaped whiteboard with groove across the top with markers in it in with a keyboard in front of it

    8. A rotating timer if you need a little external help to meet your deadlines.

    9. A ceramic mug warmer because you've been getting up to heat that same cup of coffee in the microwave since this morning, and it just *doesn't* have to be like that.

    reviewer image of a mug sitting atop the mug warmer which sits on a desk

    10. An electric water dispenser for your desk so you don't have to keep getting up and going to the kitchen for a refill when you're fully ~in the zone~.

    11. An insulated soundproofing strip you can put along your door to help create a silent workspace.

    12. A mini cactus humidifier that's perfect for keeping at your desk because, unlike actual cactuses, you don't thrive in dry air environments.

    reviewer image of the mini cactus humidifier on a desk

    13. A wooden laptop stand with a built-in power hub and dry erase board because you deserve to have all that you need right at your fingertips. You can also use the space inside to organize your other desk essentials!

    14. A cute and durable glittery pink MacBook case if you carry your laptop to and fro and have a case of butterfingers. Keep your MacBook safe with this two-piece case made of rubberized plastic and PU leather.

    the pinkberry glitter case on a macbook

    15. An ergonomic balance ball chair for keeping your body moving throughout the workday, because an engaged body leads to an engaged (and productive) mind.

    16. A portable dual monitor you can attach to your laptop if you need more than one screen to tackle your latest Excel sheet project.

    reviewer image of the dual screen attached to their MacBook

    17. A compact light therapy lamp to simulate sunlight right at your desk and melt away dreary moods so you can get back to living your life to the fullest.

    The rectangle-shaped light sitting on the counter with a pour-over coffee next to it

    18. A simple and stretchy drawstring jumpsuit because there's no need to scramble to find pants 30 seconds before your Zoom meeting starts. You'll wanna get this in multiple colors!

    a reviewer wearing the jumpsuit in grey with white stripes
    a different reviewer wearing the jumpsuit in green

    Promising review: "I work from home a few days a week so this is super comfy, but also looks professional from the neck up. I wore this for back-to-back Zoom meetings all day and then threw on a pair of heels for date night with my husband." —The Weekend Mommy

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in women's sizes S–XXL and in 22 colors/prints).

    19. A pair of noise-cancelling wireless Bluetooth earbuds with special touch functions: tap once to play or pause; double-tap to skip forward or backward. And of course it comes with a charging case!

    reviewer holding up rose gold earbuds in matching charging case

    20. Calming bites made with ashwaganda and L-theanine for anxious pets because Spot's zoomies are ruining your Zoom meetings.

    reviewer image of a small dog next to a container of calming bites

    21. And a cushy anti-fatigue mat if standing at your desk all day is great for your back but stressful for your knees. Its soft foam core will help keep your muscles and joints at ease so you can comfortably stand for hours at a time.

    reviewer image of the sky solutions anti fatigue mat in front of their standing desk

    22. An under-the-desk foot hammock you can rest your feet on while you figure out which of your 514 unread emails to deal with first (I say mark them all as read).

    reviewer image of their feet resting in the same foot hammock

    23. A pair of comfy blue light–blocking glasses designed to help reduce eye strain, fatigue, and headaches. Because if we' can't stop staring at screens, we might as well feel like professional hackers on an Ocean's Eleven-type mission.

    24. A selfie ring light and tripod that can be used on your desk or floor depending on whether you're working at a sitting or standing desk. Plus, there's a built-in phone holder if you're a rising Zoom star and need quality video. Oh, and it comes with a selfie stick.

    25. An adjustable mesh desk chair because WFH can and should be comfortable. Ergonomically designed, this chair will offer the lumbar support you've been dreaming of (and more)!

    reviewer image of the black mesh office chair

    26. An aromatherapy roll-on migraine stick made with a blend of essential oils to help target those screen-induced headaches. Rumor has it that it's easier to get work done if you're head doesn't feel like it's being split in two.

    reviewer image of the migrastil migraine stick in a customer's hand

    27. Cleaning putty gel for getting into the cracks of your keyboard where McDonald's crumbs fell and started their own society. You can also use this as a duster for all your screens.

    reviewer holding cleaning putty covered in crumbs

    28. A pain-relieving posture brace if not having the space for a huge, ergonomically designed office chair has caused your back and your posture to suffer.

    mirror selfie of reviewer wearing posture brace

    29. A 32-oz. water bottle with markers to remind you to stay hydrated throughout the day. Because taking care of your body is the most productive thing you can do!

    30. A casually chic maxi dress that'll help you feel like a princess while chugging that third cup of coffee.

    image of reviewer wearing the yellow maxi dress

    31. A weekly planner mouse pad so you can easily keep track of your to-dos throughout the busy work day. There's a handy slot for a pen at the top, as well as lined sections for each day of the week, so you can fully flesh out your weekly agenda. 

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The calendar is incredibly handy for keeping track of projects at work. There's plenty of room for writing down daily tasks — I've been known to cram in several tasks in a day's column for particularly busy weeks. The spot for the pen is really handy, too. And I love the positive affirmations for each day! The whole thing is a great vibe for the week. Quality wise this product is excellent. The paper is sturdy, and each week tears off easily from the side. It arrived plastic-wrapped and in good condition." —Katie Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $10.14 (available in six other designs).

    32. A pack of catnip-infused felt balls sure to keep your kitty busy so you don't have to entertain them while you try to figure out the best way to end your work emails. Best? Thanks? Wishing you well??? And if these balls ever need a catnip recharge, just put them back in the tin they come in and they'll soak up more of your cat's favorite catnip smell.

    cat next to catnip balls
    various colors of the catnip balls arranged
    Simply B Vermont / Etsy

    Simply B Vermont is a Vermont-based small business making cute pet accessories and toys for both cats and dogs.

    Promising review: "Fast shipping, seller was super thoughtful and attentive, and most important of all our kitties are obsessed with these balls! Even my shyer one is running around with these having an absolute blast even without my tossing them around. It’s also wearing her out which is quite hard to do. Highly recommend!" —Ketti Schulenberg

    Get a set (four felt balls, a catnip pod, and a metal tin) from Simply B Vermont on Etsy for $15 (available in six styles).

    Take a look at our picks for the best cat toys to treat your fur baby even more!

    33. An adjustable folding lap desk that'll keep you organized with its storage drawer and foldable book stand that you can use to house your tablet or phone. Take this sturdy and lightweight desk all around the house as you find the best nooks and crannies to work from.

    reviewer image of the laptop bed tray with a phone, tablet, laptop, and notebook on its surface

    34. A cold brew maker if you're someone who can't be bothered until *at least* your second cup of coffee. Now you'll always have caffeine ready to start your day!

    35. A rose gold desk organizer whose five storage compartments will make sure your gel pens, rainbow Post-it notes, and other stationery essentials are easily accessible.

    reviewer image of the rose gold desk organizer in the corner of a customer's desk holding a small succulent, pens, and a notebook

    36. A cushioned lap desk with a built-in mouse pad and phone slot to help you comfortably get work done from the bed, couch, or armchair you're using as an office.

    reviewer image of a laptop and mouse on the lapgear lap desk

    37. An adjustable laptop cooling stand that'll help keep your laptop from overheating. Perfect for working on the go!