Whether you’ve got a dedicated home office or have improvised one in the past year, there’s something to be said for a little intentionality. Most of us spend a decent part of our lives working, and a few small, thoughtful details can go a long way. The necessities like a good chair, solid desk and bright light are all important, but so are the things that will keep the space feeling comfy and full of personality even after you spend a lot of time in it. Here are 11 easy ways to make your desk or office setup feel more comfortable and bright, which might affect your productivity more than you even realize.
If you spend a lot of time in front of your laptop, you’re probably no stranger to hunched shoulders and the pain and aches they can cause. A laptop stand like this is an easy way to correct for bad posture as we spend a lot of time in front of our screens.
Bringing a little piece of nature to your home office can help to refresh the space and fill it with a little energy. This gorgeous bonsai will help to infuse your desk with some fresh life while looking absolutely gorgeous.
If you find yourself wishing you could just work outside, this bud vase might be able to help. Take a flower from your yard and let it give your desk a bit of color and life.
Wrist fatigue and carpal tunnel are common complaints for anyone who uses a keyboard on a daily basis (aka all of us). These handmade cushions are filled with lavender and flax seed, proving a soft and calming addition to your desk while also taking care of your hands and wrists.
These attachable drawers are a godsend for anyone who bought a desk without thinking about where they’d store all the little accoutrements that come with working from home. A cluttered desk can often, even subtly, make us feel a bit more scattered and less in control. Easily wrangle odds and ends to keep your desk and your mind clear.
Getting in the habit of making little notes can be helpful if you have a hard time remembering everything you need to, but how do you keep track of them without creating clutter? A bulletin board like this one can helpfully store any reminders in your home office, plus a few photos to brighten your day.
Everyone needs an easy place to work out their thoughts, ideas, plans, and occasionally doodles. This whiteboard is compact enough to fit any space and it even sticks to glass.
Photos serve as visual reminders of the people and memories that are the most important to us— displaying them in our spaces can help us remember all the love and light we have in our lives. Keeping a photo of a loved one close by while you work can brighten your atmosphere and create a sense of perspective.
If you’ve got an overflowing to-read list or an abundance of knick knacks in your home office setup, you know that stacks can quickly form and rob you of surface space. This little nook will contain everything to a corner of your desk, letting you display your favorite books and mementos without them taking over.
Even if you’re not a Type-A person, a little planning and organization can go a long way. This planner will let you have a one-shot look at your entire day so you never lose track of a thought, Zoom meeting or important task.
Sometimes the thing you need most is just a little bit of quiet. Working from home can make you vulnerable to distractions, especially if you’re living with other people. Getting a set of noise cancelling headphones can add a sense of control to your work day, allowing you to shut out the world and concentrate when you need to.
Working from home isn’t always easy but there are simple ways to make it more enjoyable. Sometimes adding the smallest thoughtful detail to your home office can make the biggest improvement in your day, whether it’s a little reminder of a loved one or an easy trick for keeping track of your to-dos.