10 Home Office Essentials

Everything You Need for The Perfect Office Set-up

If you’re one of the many people who work from home for most of the past two years, it might be time to review your home office set up. It's important for productivity to make sure that your space is free of clutter and full of useful items that help improve your productivity, not hinder it.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of ten home office essentials to consider for your home office.

 

1.  Analogue Timer

This might be the most unexpected item on the list, but an analogue timer is a cheap and simple way to boost your productivity. Think about how distracting it can be when you go to set a timer on your phone. With an analogue timer, you've got no risk of endless doom scrolling. As a bonus, you can use it as part of the Pomodoro technique, a productivity method that promotes breaking your work up into regimented sections to increase your productivity

 

2.  Laptop Riser

A laptop riser is essential for anyone planning on working from home. If you're a laptop user, you don't realise how hunched over you can end up unless you've used a desktop. A laptop riser is an excellent way of bringing your screen up to eye-level and put a stop to poor posture. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes which make them versatile. For instance, if you prefer working from bed or the couch, you'll want to make sure any riser your thinking of purchasing has legs either side. They come in different sizes for different laptops, so make sure you get one the right size.

 

3.  Ergonomic Chair

Speaking of posture if you've got a regular old desk chair, it might be time to start to consider purchasing a chair that’s better for your back. You might be wondering, are they worth the cost? Your back health is certainly worth the cost. If you work nine to five, you might spend seven hours or more on your desk chair. In a poorly designed desk chair that's seven hours contributing to back pain, sore neck and stiff muscles. That's a lot of time you'll have to book in for at the chiropractor. Do the future you a solid and invest time and money now on something that will prevent pain in your back and wallet in the future.

 

4.  Cable Organiser

If you're working in a small space with lots of cables it might be an idea to dial down on the cable craziness. There are so many great organisers out there that help you to reduce the clutter and take back some space on your desk for all your other gadgets. Some sit on the floor, some on the desk and others even come with ways to install them on the underside of your desk. It's all about finding the right one for your set-up. A true office essential.

Dongles on a desk

 

5.  Blue Light Glasses

We spend so much of the time across our day staring at digital screens. All of these screens emit light in the blue spectrum. Blue light, as it's called, is known for increasing energy throughout the day, but at night this means it can keep you awake as your brain has trouble slowing down for sleep. It's also known to cause digital eye strain, causing dry eyes and blurry vision. Eye strain is especially prevalent among people who spend more time with their eyes fixed to a screen. A pair of blue light glasses (which are fitted with blue light filtering lenses) might be the right solution to protecting your eye health.

 

6.  Coffee Mug Warmer

This one might be less of an essential and more of a want, but it’s such a great item we just had to include it here. How often do you sit down with your coffee and then have to go and deal with something else, only to return and find your coffee’s gone cold? Not anymore. A mug warmer is a simple appliance, many of them are powered by USB, meaning they won't take up any space in your already crowded power board. No more cold coffee ever again!

 

7.  Standing Desk

The standing desk is sometimes controversial, you either love it or you hate it. We're sorry to tell you it's not that great for those wanting to lose weight by burning extra calories through standing. Yet other’s continue to sing the praises of its health benefits. We like them because they’re a great way to get energised and stretch your spine while still doing some work. You might like to get one and try it for yourself.

 
Messy desk with notepads, electronic devices and coffee cup

8.  Desk Organiser

If you’re working at home all day, a desk organiser is essential. They’re key for reducing all the clutter on your desk and also putting the important things in reach. You want to know exactly where your red pen or scissors are and stop losing things under masses of paper.

 

9.  Charging Station

The number of smaller devices that we carry that need to be charged seems to be growing exponentially. You might carry a smartphone, smartwatch and wireless headphones. This makes a charging station an essential item for your home office. There are some really affordable ones that offer normal wired charging or even ones with wireless charging stations. Perfect for all your needs. A great bonus is that your charging station is a great place to put your phone out of the way. That's fewer distractions, but you also won't lose track of it or your other devices if you regularly return them to the cradle.

10. Koolbitz Screen and Keyboard Cleaning Kit

Whether you're eating at your desk or it's just to take care of regular dust and grime build-up having a screen and keyboard cleaning kit handy is one of the most essential items for the home office.

Our cleaning kits come with everything you need:

  • air blower and keyboard brush or cleaning up in the cracks of your keyboard
  • microfibre cloths
  • a 2-in-1 screen cleaner that you can take with you anywhere
  • and a handy refill of cleaning solution

     

    Conclusion

    It's super important to make sure your home office is kitted out with everything you need to be productive, clean and safe. Hopefully, this list has given you some great ideas of what you need but also what you might want (looking at you mug warmer!).

     

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