Must-haves for your dedicated home office work space.
A benefit for the home office is that you have a dedicated area for getting work done, as well as full flexibility and freedom to do what you want with the space. But with a lot of options comes some quandaries: where do I begin? What do I need to stay focused? While we all work differently, here are ten things anyone with a home office could do well to buy for their work space:
1. Epson Expression Home XP-410
You’ll definitely want an all-in-one device to minimize desk space in your office. With the capability to print, scan and make copies, the Epson Expression Home is among the most affordable of all-in-one devices. $69.99 at Epson.com.
2. Acer T232HL Monitor
This 10-point 23-inch touch screen lets you take full control of a Windows 8 system. Whether you want greater ease of navigating screenspace, or want to view your favorite media on a large high-definition screen, this tilting LCD display will be a boon in both work and play. $319.99 at Amazon.
3. Jawbone JAMBOX
The JAMBOX is one of the hottest Bluetooth speakers available. Just one speaker will fill a room, and you can easily carry the JAMBOX around with you when you want to take the tunes on the go. Your office could use a decent sound system that doesn’t take up much space, and the JAMBOX is a great example of both form and function. $149.99 at Jawbone; many customization options available!
4. Kikkerland Charging Station
If you work from home, you might not get out very often. Even those who spend less time in the home office can yearn for the outside when work beckons. This grassy charging station can help put the stir-crazy at ease with a taste of nature while charging the essential electronic devices. It’s not real grass, but it’s pleasing nonetheless. $35 at Smart Furniture.
5. Herman Miller Aeron Chair
If you’ve dreamed of having an item that’s housed in the Museum of Modern Art in your home, this might be the opportunity for you. This chair is the ultimate in ergonomics. Its designers Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf researched the chair’s design by talking to people in retirement centers whom do a great deal of sitting, so you know it must be good–why else would businesses everywhere swear by it? $679 at Herman Miller.
6. NextDesk Terra
Speaking of people who spend a lot of time sitting, it’s likely that when you work from home, you spend far more time sitting than you should. As you sit, you wreak havoc on your posture as well as the muscles in your abdomen. It’s becoming a trend now to use a height-adjustable desk, so you can spend some of your workday sitting and some standing up. The NextDesk Terra is an environmentally-friendly and durable desk that will adjust its height silently and smoothly on its own. Prices vary by model at NextDesks.com.
7. A board for inspiration, appointments, goals
Have some wall space reserved for everything you need to remember, as well as space for sorting out ideas that you’re working through now. Having a spot to set your vision–and to refer to it at a glance–can help you keep focus on what needs to get done and how to get there.
8. SentrySafe File Guard
Chances are you have some important documents stored away in your office that you can’t stand to lose. The SentrySafe File Guard will hold files, disks, flash drives and other media and documents, keeping them safe from sprinklers, fire hoses and the fires that they seek to put out. Don’t risk losing documents that are irreplaceable! $49.98 at Walmart.
9. Western Digital My Passport
This USB External Hard Drive stores up to 2 terabytes of data, so you don’t have to worry about losing precious work, media or documents. Keep your work backed up, or take it with you on the go with this portable hard drive. We all know that computers’ lives, like our own, are limited–so make sure you’re prepared for the day yours kicks the bucket. $99.99 at Staples.
10. Hobonichi Techo
The Hobonichi Techo planner has taken Japan by storm, and has become somewhat of a cult item for stationary enthusiasts across the world; 2014 marks the first year the planner is available in English. Featuring one page per day with handy information in the back (like international dress sizes, a guide to tea drinking and more), this book is great for recording your day’s activities and other useful notes. The ultra-thin paper doesn’t absorb water, so you won’t have to worry about crinkling, either. $25 Yen (about $24 USD) at the Hobonichi store.