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Monday, July 12, 2021

List: Ten necessities to successfully work from home in a functional space.

 About two years ago we spoke about how my job was forcing me to work from home more often.  My boss at the time ridiculously felt like I was "favoring" the office closest to my house.  To make working from home more tolerable, we added "home office space" to our non negotiable items when house hunting a few years back.  After we found the perfect home, we slowly began making simple changes to the "home office space" so that it would be functional and comfortable.


what office supplies are needed for a functional home office

Little did we know a pandemic was about to break out and working from home would become the new normal.  Ugh, I really HATE that term..  Ironically, since my job became almost vacant, I started working in the office more frequently again.  The constant shift in work spaces allowed me to realize what I really need to be successful and productive working from home.

ten home office essentials for a functional work space

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Ten necessities to successfully work from home.


This one was the biggest deal for me!  I would find myself constantly strained and fidgeting sitting in the pretty but not functional dining room chair pictured above.  It wasn't until I purchased this desk chair that I found myself concentrating on work instead of how uncomfortable I was sitting for long periods of time.
Can be found here (link).

Fun Fact:  The throw blanket that's folded on top of my desk chair pictured above isn't to keep me warm.  It's to help cushion the seat!

One of my biggest pet peeves is displaying a container filled with random office supplies on top of a beautiful desk.  Although, I do applaud the effort to be organized.  A desk drawer organizer serves the same purpose and is still conveniently located in your desk.
Can be found here (link).

Call me old school actually, don't, but nothing can efficiently replace a desk calendar.  It is infuriating having to click and minimize window screens just to find a virtual calendar on the computer.  A physical desk calendar is not only convenient, but when selected carefully, can be a pretty decoration for a home office.
Can be found here (link).

Fun Fact:  I make my mom one of these calendars every year for her birthday.  They cost less than $10, but she acts like it's a million dollar gift!  I love that we can personalize them with pictures and that we get to pick the start and end month of the calendar so it lasts a full year.

When working from home, chances are you're going to be extra careful when it comes to protecting your furniture.  Unfortunately, being careful usually means moving slower which usually means less productivity which usually means less success.  Dramatic?  Maybe, but I think I'm surprisingly accurate this time!  This clear desk pad is practically invisible while acting as a pretty good protector of your home office furniture.  In other words, it's essential.
Can be found here (link).

While way less things need to be printed these days, we all have those one off occasions where we wish that our office printer was also available in our home office.  Those big, bulky, high end machines may not be necessary, but we definitely need something.  I love this compact, wireless printer from HP.  It's big enough to do the job yet small enough to not be a home office eye sore.  Plus, it even works with Alexa!
Can be found here (link).

When my husband bought this for me as a gift, I got a little insulted.  Then I remembered all the wasted coffee that got cold while working at home.  This coffee cup warmer is a real COFFEE saver.  See what I did there?  Lame?  Ok, I'll stop.  Luckily we invested in #10 making our coffee cup warmer our newest home office essential because caffeine = higher productivity.
Can be found here (link).

If you ever met me in real life, you'll notice that I always have a composition notebook in tow!  I use this notebook daily.  It's where I write my to do lists, jot down notes, and scribble whatever else I may need to.  While I do the bulk of my "writing" on the computer, there are times you just need to jot something down quick.  A notebook with lined, blank pages is absolutely a home office essential!
Can be found here (link).

Like #6, this is one home office essential that I didn't think I would need until I got one.  It just makes things easier and convenient.  This stand means there is literally zero need to constantly pick up my cell and check it.  It also makes multitasking easier especially when your cell is a work phone like mine.  As a double bonus, peep the slot made for your phone charger to fit without disruption.
Can be found here (link).

Since our home office is at home, we don't want no big, bulky, UGLY, industrial filing cabinets hanging around.  Luckily, with computers, most stuff can be neatly stored electronically and then on a flash drive.  For the few things that need to remain on paper, these thin, expandable folders will keep you organized without taking up much space.
Can be found here (link).

One doesn't realize all of the wires and electronics that goes into setting up a formal office at home.  There's your lap top charger, docking station chord, computer screen plugs times two if you're me, speakers, and a phone charger.  We're up to six plugs and that's just the basics.  This multi plug was probably my second favorite addition to our home office.  It's let's me plug in everything that I need to AND has an outlet to spare!
Can be found here (link).

Do you prefer working at home or in the office?

7 comments :

  1. I also have a sort of a rectangular pouffe for my feet under the table and a collection of miniature handcreams in different fragrances on my desk LOL And an assortment of supplements as I'm crazy about supplements of all kinds.

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    1. The pouffe sounds heavenly! My daughter opened something and left the box under my desk. Every since, I've been using it to rest my feet on. Maybe I should invest in a comfortable pouffe instead. :)

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  2. Back when I started translating, my legs would hurt, so to stop problems with veins because of too much sitting, I made the pouffe and started applying horse balm on my legs every day before and after work. I also bought that egg sitter silicone cushion and it is really nice on the bum.

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  3. I wish it was even possible for me to work from home

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  4. Well, I don’t work, but I like to be around other people, so my answer is the office! I clicked on all your links to get a visual of what you were talking about. I’m totally with you on the paper calendar. Mine has to have the week at a glance feature and lots of lines for all my damn doctor appointments! Lol! I just saw one of those coffee warmers on a bridal registry. Does it really work well? I like my drinks very hot. We have lots of leftover composition notebooks from my kids’ school days, so I keep them in various spots around the house to jot down stuff. I liked all your suggestions!

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  5. I need a coffee cup warmer. My tea gets cold quick in my office and I’m constantly having to run down to the microwave to reheat it, wasting precious working time.

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  6. Hope this isn't a duplicate comment. I've been dog sitting and only had my ipad so I don't think most of my comments have been going through on blogs because of it. Anyhow, a coffee cup warmer is something that I definitely want to add to my home office. I like my tea piping hot, like burn your mouth right off hot, so I spend a lot of time running back to the microwave to warm it up all day long, losing valuable work time. I do have an electric tea kettle, but that's only for heating the water up, not keeping my already made tea hot.

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