The Covid pandemic has changed the world in many ways, one of which is having remote work or “work from home” as the new normal.
Although a lot of places globally now treat the virus much like the common flu, some companies have kept the work from home setup, either as hybrid or fully remote, as they have seen a boost in productivity, work-life balance, and overall well-being of employees. This worked well for the majority of professionals, and personally, I was even able to manage multiple home-based jobs.
So whether you just started working remotely or are now updating your home office, here are some of the best work from home essentials that I highly recommended.
Best Work From Home Essentials to Buy
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Online meetings are unavoidable when working from home, making headphones perhaps the most important work from home essential.
But it doesn’t end there. You can’t buy a cheap one online and hope you won’t encounter technical issues. The recommended ones are those that are wireless and come with a noise-canceling feature, just like these Beats Studio3 headphones.
Investing in good headphones is not just for work. You can always use it to listen to music, and Beats has long been known to have one, if not the best sound.
If you want a complete Apple setup then the AirPods Max it is.
Using a laptop for your home office? Then a mouse is highly recommended. Logitech has always been my favorite brand for a mouse, and this one is ergonomically designed and has soft rubber grips.
Another WFH must-have is a sturdy and functional table, and this one from FEZIBO is that and more. It comes with two drawers on the sides and a storage cubicle in the middle for your keyboard and other gadgets. Plus, this table has an electric lift system so you can adjust it to your desired height.
If you’re after boho decor, this one also works as a beautiful centerpiece.
Sitting in your chair all day can be really bad for your back, so this ergonomic office chair is perfect for you. It’s bigger than most office chairs, and it uses mesh material for air circulation. The armrests can be folded so you can put the chair under your desk after use.
If you want a more stylish chair, here is another option.
This one uses memory foam for extra comfort. It comes in 11 different pastel and monochromatic colors that would work well as bedroom decor.
Although, you can always choose a non-wheeled basic yet functional chair slash decor, like this one.
A work from home essential that can be overlooked is a desk pad protector. Most opt for just a mouse pad but this one is large enough to cover your laptop or keyboard, and mouse.
You don’t have to worry about it being too annoying when you’re working as it’s smooth, and also waterproof, helpful for keeping your desk clean and free from spills and scratches.
If you’re like me—who can’t keep your eyes off your screen that you forget you have coffee at times—then this highly durable, insulated vacuum mug is for you. It will keep your coffee or tea hot for hours, which is definitely a work from home essential for me.
Hydro Flask is well-known for being one, if not the best producers of tumblers. Plus, it comes in four different sizes and 10 gorgeous colors.
I also recommend getting this water bottle!
For easy access to important files, this metal wall file holder organizer can also be a space saver. Plus, it makes gorgeous minimalist wall decor, with black and gray options.
This cross-cut shredder can accommodate eight sheets of paper at a time, plus paper clips and staples. In case you need a bigger one, there are options for up to 200 papers. You can also shred credit cards with their own dedicated slot.
(Not to mention the fact that paper shredding in general can be satisfying.)
Made with Everlasting Comfort Store’s proprietary memory foam formula, this support pillow provides extra comfort when you need to stay in your chair all day, as well as relieves fatigue and prevents slouching. The cover is washable so you can freshen it up anytime.
If it was up to me I’d have a wheeled storage drawer in every room as it’s easy to organize (and well, drag around). This one tops my list of home office essentials (even for art journal materials) because it’s neat and flexible. There’s a 7 drawer option, too.
Of course, drawers should have their “baby” bins. This set is the #1 Best Seller on Amazon.
Whether you get the full desk pad protector or not, this mouse pad is still a good item to buy. This one offers wrist support, made of soft material for all-day comfort.
Dooke makes the cutest designs from marble and florals to plain-colored ones.
Staring at your computer and other gadgets all day can really damage your eyes, I should know, as I went from almost-perfect eyesight to a really bad case of nearsightedness in just a year of working from home.
There are other factors, probably, but as they say, prevention is always better than cure. One of my highly recommended work from home essentials, these glasses prevent visual fatigue and come with UV400 protection and glare reduction.
If you can’t get enough of more desks and storage spaces, this wood rack from Jerry & Maggie is adjustable, not to mention cute. Get creative with it as there are so many possible combinations to fit your desk needs.
I don’t know about you, but I like having a diffuser in the room when I’m working. Essential oils are very helpful in keeping stress at bay, so this is one of the best work from home essentials you’ll ever buy.
Aside from having three lighting modes, this desk lamp includes a charging port and power outlet. It comes in two other styles—one with a headphone stand and another with a phone holder.
Your feet need just as much attention—this under-desk footrest is made with 100 percent memory foam and is ergonomically designed to keep you comfy all day long. It’s also washable.
A mini fridge is such a treat if you get snacky while working but can’t leave your desk a lot. Whether you need it for work or not, this is also Amazon’s #1 best-selling freestanding wine cellar.
Again, if you still need more storage, this sturdy under-desk drawer is perfect for pens, journals, and sticky notes. No tools are needed as it uses self-adhesive tapes. This might be the home office essential you’ll never know you needed.
I can never have enough checklists and productivity planners, so a weekly calendar like this also comes in handy. I know there are tons of scheduling apps and software nowadays, but it’s easier to keep track of things when it’s posted right in front of you.
Other Work From Home Essentials
What other work from home essentials would you recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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