With the exception of going into the office once a week for a few hours, I have been teleworking full-time from home for the past two years. Teleworking (mostly) full-time from home was really needed for my mental and physical health. Before Covid, I would wake up at 4:30a get to work by 6:30a, and then get off at 4:30p to get home around 6p. Let me tell you, it was exhausting. However, working from home allowed me to “sleep in” and be home right after getting off the clock.
Now that my job is transitioning to a hybrid work environment (mix between teleworking and in the office), I’ve realized that my WFH (work from home) setup is much better than my office setup. Let me share with you some of my favorite items from Amazon that I use in my home office.
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Chair – Pipersong Meditation Chair
If you’re going to be sitting down for hours on end, then you’re going to need a great chair. I, personally, have a problem with sitting in the same position for hours. Before the pandemic, I looked into getting a foot hammock for my desk but I never got it. But after a year of teleworking (mostly) full-time, I needed something more comfortable for my legs. That’s when I found the Piperson Meditation Chair on Amazon. While the price is quite steep for a chair (well, compared to my old IKEA chair), I’m telling you it’s well worth it. With the chair, I can sit criss-cross applesauce, I can sit normal, I can have one or two feet up, and the options are limitless. I love this chair so much that I contemplated getting one for my desk at work. The only downside is that you have to be careful about how/how much you rotate the footstool. Somehow I rotated it the wrong way and the height level came off.
Laptop Stand – Boyata Laptop Holder
If you work on your laptop a lot, the worst thing you can do is not get a laptop stand. The amount of strain that you place on your neck by looking down all of the time is not good long-term. It took me a year into the pandemic to realize this before I started looking for a laptop stand. I settled on the Boyata laptop holder. What I liked about this laptop stand was that it was adjustable. Other laptop stands that I viewed only had one position, which may or may not work for everyone. I also liked that the center was open, allowing air circulation to the bottom of my laptop. What I don’t like, though not necessarily a big deal, is that it is difficult to adjust. While that was a big deal at first, I’ve got it to the perfect height and don’t need to adjust it anymore.
Mouse – Normia Rita Wireless Mouse
I was getting tired of lugging my wired mouse between my home and the office. I wanted a wireless mouse that was ergonomic yet affordable (since these attributes are typically mutually exclusive). What I found with the Normia Rita wireless mouse was so much better. This mouse gives you the ability to use it with two different laptops by having a Bluetooth and 2.4GHz mode. It’s great because I can use the mouse with my work laptop, get off for the day, then switch the mode to use it with my personal laptop. The mouse is lightweight, has a long charge life, and is ergonomic. Right now there is a 10 percent off coupon that you can apply if you decide to purchase the mouse.
Bluetooth Keyboard – Omoton Bluetooth Keyboard
I originally purchased this keyboard to use with my iPad mini (r.i.p.) but now use it with my MacBook Pro. This keyboard is slim, lightweight, and compact without your fingers feeling claustrophobic. Its minimalistic aesthetic and keyboard-clicking sound, make it great for use at home or outside of the home.
Shredder – Amazon Basics Shredder
I didn’t really understand the convenience of having a home office shredder until I moved into my own home. Before I would put all of my PII (personally identifiable informational) documents in a bag, give it to my mother when it was full, and then she would dispose of them when there was a community shred day. Now, I can eliminate holding onto PII documents by shredding them at home. The Amazon basics shredder can cut up to 6 sheets of paper at a time, cuts credit cards, and has three different speeds. You can shred at a normal speed, shred quickly, or reverse shred (for when something wasn’t supposed to be shredded or you need to unclog the shredder). The shredder comes in one color – black – and takes up little space.
Monitor Stand – Satechi Monitor Stand
Last but not least, I have the Satechi monitor stand. For the type of work that I do, I prefer to have two screens to view different programs simultaneously. I use a Vizio tv monitor from college as my second screen and use my laptop as my primary screen. Getting the monitor stand allowed the tv screen to be more aligned with my natural gaze, similar to the laptop stand mentioned above. It’s quite simple and there are no bells or whistles. And if you know me, you know I like simple/basic things in life. Overall, it gets the job done. However, if I could change one thing about it, I would want it to stand a little taller.
Those are my Amazon home office essentials for you. I hope you have enjoyed this post and maybe found something you have been searching for. Stay tuned because I plan to do an Amazon favorites blog post each month for everything from travel essentials to kitchen faves. Thanks again for reading! If you liked this post, please subscribe and comment on your favorite item from this post. See you next time.