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If you’re working from home, then it’s important to get a few things to make sure your home office space is comfortable and productive – even if it’s the couch with a lap desk or the dining room table. So let’s get to talking about some desk and tech items!
First things first: if you’re able to, I definitely suggest asking if some these expenses can be covered by your workplace, especially if these are things you used often pre-COVID at work. It’s one less expense while transitioning to work-from-home (and things definitely add up).
Desk Basics for Your Home Office
Sure, these are simple “duh” items but if they’re part of your work then it’s helpful to have a dedicated set for your WFH set-up. I’ll link basic and cute versions of these basics, if you want to develop a theme or color scheme.
Tape Dispenser / Stapler / Hole Puncher
I wish I were a person that didn’t deal with paper all the time but alas, it’s how I plan best. Plus, the prep work for my job just flows a lot easier if I include some kind of paper. And working with paper means I need to keep it together (stapler), or organize it in a binder (hole puncher). My job also requires the occasional craft project which means that, on top of having a tape dispenser, I also have a glue stick and hot glue. Hopefully, your job doesn’t require quite so many desk items but here’s a few links to these desk basics.
Poppin is a website that I love for their office supplies. My favorite part is their color selection. You can get a tape dispenser, stapler, and hole puncher all in the same color for that matching *aesthetic*. They also have a set that includes the following: tape dispenser, stapler, pen cup, and pens.
Design Works Ink is another brand with great product design. I really enjoy the industrial design of their stapler. Plus, if you’re like me and constantly lift the stapler to staple items in the air, then this stapler design is a lot more ergonomic (for me anyway). If you like keeping the stapler on the desk and slamming your hand on it to staple papers, then maybe you don’t need this design!
Another brand I really love is UBrands. They have a more modern look for their office supplies. They have a desk collection where the style is a simple wire design, and there’s a tape dispenser in this design. Their newest design collection is a style made of metal panels with wood pieces. They have a tape dispenser with this design, and there’s a few color options. They also have a random but gorgeous looking concrete tape dispenser.
Desk Organization / Filing
Again, if you don’t have to use paper at your job then I am *jealous*. I have a bad habit of writing tiny notes everywhere, and then they just starting accumulating everywhere. Most of the above sites have great organization items, but the Poppin items might be my favorite for use in a home office. Their collections tend to be pretty modular so you can really mix and match – plus, you can get matching colors for a really cohesive look.
A quick list of my favorite organization items from Poppin:
- File Box – great if you use a hanging file system
- Fin File Sorter – depending on your file system, this could be an option instead of the file box
- Drawer Organizer – perfect for any desk drawers you might have (or to keep on top of your desk)
- Accessory Trays – great for little knick-knacks or an alternative for the drawer organizer
- Desk Organizer – perfect if you like to keep things accessible on top of your desk
If you liked the design from UBrands more, here’s a list of their organization items that would be perfect for your home office:
- Letter Tray – perfect for gathering up random papers, available in multiple colors
- File Basket – great if you use a hanging file system, available in gold and rose gold
- Letter Sorter – perfect for gathering your little notebooks or folders
Tech Necessities for Your Home Office
If you’re working from home, then your job probably depends a lot on the use of tech. Whether it’s a laptop or desktop, desk or no desk, here are a few tech items for your home office that will make the tech aspect of your job a lot easier.
If you use a laptop for your job, then I highly recommend getting a laptop stand or riser for your home office. If you do a lot of typing/writing or meetings, then the stand/riser helps to bring the laptop closer to eye level which helps to reduce neck strain. Also, you look *much* better on camera during virtual meetings when the laptop is raised a bit. My personal favorite is this laptop stand by Rain Design, which I use with a 17” HP laptop. You can get them through their website or on Amazon if you need faster shipping. They have a great selection of different stands to fit your computer, and there are even some that are commute-friendly (for the inevitable moment when we go back to work).
I’ve been using my mouse on my desk surface for most of quarantine but it was really annoying to have to constantly move or shake it to get it to work correctly. When I ordered my holiday cards, I ended up designing a mousepad with Shutterfly, and I have to say: possibly my best purchase during quarantine (after my laptop stand). My mouse just flows sooo much better now! Quality of life has gone UP. Also, since it has a cute pic of me and my husband, it just really adds a nice personal touch to my home office desk.
It’s important to have good lighting, especially during these months when the light goes away quickly (at least where I live). My favorite light is this TaoTronics light. This light just has so many great settings that come in handy!
Things I love about this light:
- Has a range for brightness levels that is touch-sensitive
- Five color modes (goes from very cool/blue light to very warm/orange light)
- USB connection on the back of the light (great to charge your phone, headphones, etc.)
- Swivel base and arms
I also love how the light has a very specific light…range??? Since the arms and base have a swivel design, you can really be specific about where you want your light to go, which is great for those in small apartments or spaces and for those who might have to WFH with a spouse or roommate.
Even if you worked from home before the pandemic, things are very different now. There just seems to be such a gloomy aspect to everything, which makes sense considering the global situation, but it’s still hard to handle. These are a few things that have made working from home easier for me…and also brought some excitement as I waited for packages!
Have you been working from home this whole time? Do you have a hybrid schedule? Or do you still have to go in to work quite often? Let me know if you have gotten any WFH tools that have made life easier or if you get any of the ones from above!
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