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Creating a professional yet comfortable space is essential when you work from home. It is all too easy to get into home mode and procrastinate, well… for me it has been! With all the distractions at home… kids, pets, tv, SNACKS…
Working from home can be TOUGH! And no matter the work space you have, whether you have a corner of a spare bedroom or a seperate office all to yourself, I have compiled the perfect list of my top home office essentials and MUST HAVES to suit any home work space!
A hand selected and reviewed list of items to keep you organised, motivated and comfortable so you can be your most productive and get the most out of your day.
Simply click the name or the picture of a item to be taken to the page selling it so you can snag one for yourself! All prices were correct at the time I created this article!
OFFICE ESSENTIALS FOR COMFORT
A Monitor Stand…
At the top of my list of home office essentials is something which a surprising amount of people do not have or haven’t even considered… A screen raiser or monitor stand!
It is SO important to ensure your screen is at eye level, at a ergonomically comfortable viewing angle, this is where a great monitor stand or screen raiser comes in. Having your screen at eye level relieves the strain and pain of the neck, shoulders and back by improving your sitting position, posture AND it reduces neck wrinkles (which is always a bonus!).
This ergonomic Bamboo monitor riser stand can be used with computer monitors, laptops, printers or even a projector. With slots to hold your phone, pens, notebooks, drinks and any other random bits you need this will keep your desk tidy PLUS having a riser means you can slide your notebooks and loose papers underneath for easy access without being in the way. It is a fantastic space saver and all while looking, great made of premium bamboo material so you know it’d be durable and strong.
This option is a bit more snazzy, with 4 USB ports to charge your devices and a sleek, simple design. A great way to keep your desk more organised and stay a bit more high tech!
This had to be near the top of my list home office essentials! A great footrest helps you maintain healthy posture and supports your feet when your working long hours at a desk. Raising and/or rocking your feet helps you deal with back fatigue, leg and foot aches, reduces pressure on joints and helps deal with varicose veins. Plus, the rocking movement is not only good for comfort but also helps with blood circulation!
The foam cushion provides support and comfort while also being lightweight. Serious under desk comfort!
UNDER . DESK . HAMMOCK !
I am obsessed with this if I am being honest, I have this myself and I have never known comfort like it. Easily adjustable, made from a lightweight, breathable fabric and even has a headphones holder. Plus.. just feels so good to have your feet up in a hammock. Next level under desk comfort right here.
I can not stress this one enough, if you do not currently have plants in your home, GO GET SOME! There are so many reasons that greenery are office essentials, numerous scientific studies have actually proven the positives of having more greenery in your workspace. Simply adding some greenery in the form of indoor plants can have major positive benefits including reducing stress, cleaning the air and helping reduce noise levels. Greenery in a work space has even been shown to increase productivity and creativity!
I would recommend looking up local flower shops / stands to you, there are tonnes of independent businesses you can get fresh flowers from every day in most areas. However if its something a bit easier to look after your looking for, I have just the options for you!
This is easily one of the most popular indoor plants as well as office plants. And that is no surprise because the Sansevieria is an easy care, low light (tolerating) house plant and has great air purifying qualities!
And while I understand that some folks may not have greenery on their home office essentials list, the snake plant is perfect for a beginning plant lady/plant man! What I also love about these are their size! They would fit perfectly ANYWHERE, on your desk, on shelves, cabinets.. I personally have a couple dotted about my office.
This is not such a beginner option.. the seller sends you a cutting for you to plant in your own pot! I love this option personally because I had a pot in mind when I ordered. PLUS it made the price so much more budget friendly! The seller provides instructions and this succulent grows into such a beautiful plant, I personally have mine on a high shelf so the leaves have plenty of space to fall.
A Back Support…
I swear by this back support!!! This was the first item I thought of when I decided to do my list of office essentials.
You can pop it on most chairs or even in your car but where it really comes in handy are those long days sat at the desk working hard! With massage granules and a design that fits to the contour waist, this improves your sitting posture, while being super comfortable and reduce back pains and fatigue.
I am going to take a short break from our list to bring you my
Top 3 tips for working from home…
- Get up and move before you start work!
It is all too easy to just roll out of bed, turn your laptop on and get going however this is not a ideal start to a productive day! Wake up at the same time you would if you were going to the office and move, whether that be a walk, a run, go for a cycle or even just do some stretches. I guarantee you’ll start your work day feeling much more prepared.
- Get dressed!
Don’t get me wrong, I have been working from home since March and most of those days I have lived in pyjamas or activewear HOWEVER when I get up each morning I make a effort to get dressed and brush my hair at a minimum before I start my day, and I cannot recommend enough that you do the same!
- When your shift finishes.. YOU DO TOO!
It is all to easy for the line between home and work to get blurry when we work from home. But it is so important that when you finish work you leave your work space and try your best not to jump back on the laptop later. Don’t get into a habit of working outside work hours otherwise you’ll find the line between home and work really start to blur!
NOW BACK TO THE LIST….
Office Essentials for Organisation, Decoration and the Downright Necessary…
Geometric A4 Weekly Plan Desk Pad Paperchase, £8
I am obsessed with desk planners!! I have had them on my desk for years, A great place to jot down any ideas you have, keep track of targets, plans, to do lists, how much WATER you need to drink and everything else in your week that you need to remember… all on your desk right in front of you. HANDY AF! I particularly love this one because you keep track of how much water your drinking, habits, goals and even alcoholic drinks (perfect if your trying to keep the midweek glasses of wine to a minimum!)
STABILO Swing Cool Pastel Highlighters – pack of 6
I am obsessed with these, highlighters are essential for any home office. I use them for all my planning, goal setting, journalling and to do list and WHY NOT have beautiful pastel colours!
Rather than the harsh colours they normally are, these are gorgeous on the eye plus useful.
A Desk Organizer…
I couldn’t have a list of office essentials without a great desk organizer!
I love these handy little desk organizers, perfect for pens, scissors, highlighters (specifically pastel ones of course!) and whatever else you need! Keeping your desk clutter free and looking beautiful. Here are my 2 favourites… I love marble but I also can’t resist adding a touch of fun to my professional setting so like me, you might be more drawn to a little elephant friend…
What I love about this one (apart from the fact is has a marble effect and I am a HUGE fan of marble) is the little sections, each part different heights, lengths and depths so it really is a versatile little organizer for your desktop and whatever you may need to pop in there.
HOW CUTE is this little pen pot / desk organizer. I absolutely love anything animal themed anyway, (I got some fab cacti in Aldi recently in Giraffe and Elephant pots!!) But this is so functional too. The phone holder on the trunk is adorable but also so handy, might even stop you picking it up as much if your phones just sat there ready to tap! PLUS this comes in a bunch of different colours and patterns to you can match it to your space and your personality!
Work Life Balance Journal
This journal is something that I came across when doing research for my home office essentials list and I ordered IMMEDIATELY. This journal is filled with prompts, trackers, notes and charts! Perfect for helping you make the most of your busy life.
I’m obsessed… it is one thing being able to take notes and stay organised that way but this journal makes you think in a whole new way. I love to journal anyway so when I came across this it went straight in my basket to add to my collection but it truly is perfect for anyone, even if you have never journaled before I would recommend this journal. Get some nice pens, your pastel highlighters and get started on your plan to take over the world!
A4 Too Many Tabs Slogan 10 Subject Notebook
Another that couldn’t be miss off any list of office essentials is a FAB notebook!
I have used so many notebooks and this is definitely up there as one of the best. It’s all too common that we feel like our brain has too many tabs open! This A4 10-subject notebook with 10 separate tabs for each task you’re running is perfect for keeping you organised and on top of your notes!
I love a notebook that speaks to me, as you have probably noticed already…
A Pin Board…
This is the handiest pin board to have in your office or in fact anywhere in your home! With both a dry erase, magnetic whiteboard and a cork board it is super handy and versatile.
I personally have these boards and not only are they useful but they are also colourful, personable and versatile. I love the quality and I really love that I can arrange them how I like. Plus the fact they are self adhesive means you simply stick them on the wall, not nails needed! These may not be the heaviest duty but they are perfect for notes and such.
And last on my list of home office essentials but my no means least…
Paladone Henry Hoover Desk Vacuum Cleaner
A mini Henry Hoover vacuum cleaner… FOR YOUR DESK. Need I say more?
Just pop in some batteries and this little beauty will hoover up all the dust and crumbs you’ve left behind, plus it’s FUN and unique. At the end of a long day, whip out your tiny Henry Hoover and you will always end the day on a happy note!
What office essentials list would be complete without a mini hoover?
Those are just some of my absolute favourite home office essentials I highly recommend..
Working from home has become the new normal for a lot of us and the least we can do is treat ourselves to a beautiful space to work in.
Remember to look after yourselves, your wellbeing is top priority. And if you think that sprucing up your home office with some office essentials will bring you more joy each day then you should absolutely do it.
Please do let me know in the comments if you get any of these bits OR if you have any recommendations of great home office essentials that you recommend!
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