From attending business meetings in your pajamas to reducing your carbon footprint with a zero mile commute, there are many advantages of working from home. One of the sweetest perks is being able to deck out your home office in your own personal style. Whether you like to have all the latest tech gear or you’d prefer to keep things old-school, getting creative with your office space makes work seem way more fun. Here are some sleek, retro, innovative, and just plain amusing must-haves for your home office:
1. Active Desk
Research shows that sitting all day is bad for your health. With a treadmill desk, you can get your 10,000 steps in while writing that proposal. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can try The Level from FluidStance which simulates surfing.
2. Power Pack
Ranging from sleek to solar, power packs ensure you are never caught off guard with a dead cell phone or tablet. This solar USB charger sticks right to your office window and lets you capitalize on those free rays. For optimal portability, you could try this lipstick-sized power pack by RAVPower.
3. All in One Printer
You need a printer that can do it all: print, fax, copy, scan, and make coffee. Ok, so we’re still looking for a printer that can make coffee, but there is a wide variety of options when it comes to multi-function printers like this wireless Epson.
4. Cord Management
Phones, tablets, speakers, oh my! What is one to do with all those cords dangling from the desk? You can try this USB hub that keeps your cords wound uptight and out of sight or these cable drop clips that keep your cords locked in place.
5. Interactive Whiteboard
Interactive whiteboards, like this Smart Board®, take brainstorming to a whole new level. Up to 2 people can interact with the board at one time using touch or a pen. Write, erase, zoom, flick, and then upload your information directly to your tablet or computer.
6. Blasts from the Past
Sometimes history repeating itself isn’t such a bad thing. In fact, retro is back. Infuse your office with a little retro with accessories like this laptop case designed to look like an old typewriter or this rotary phone style smartphone dock. A vintage camera desk clock will bring a little nostalgia to your workspace while keeping you on time.
7. Just for Fun
All work and no play makes for a very dull day, so take a break and have some fun with desktop toys. Feel stressed? Regain your peace with this zen garden. You can also get competitive with a game of tabletop pool, or take your frustrations out on this desktop punching ball.
8. Clean-up Crew
Keeping your workspace clean can prove to be a chore, but with some fun gadgets, it won’t be a bore. Crumbs in your keyboard? Clean your desk up with this mini vacuum. Reduce, reuse, and recycle your plastic grocery bags with this trash can designed specifically to hold those bags.
9. Bring the Outdoors in
Plants clean the air and lift our spirits. If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry. Try some succulents for a low maintenance way to add greenery to your work area. No room on your desk? No worries, this magnetic mini garden can cling to the side of your filing cabinet.
10. Sustenance Station
Sometimes you are on the verge of making big things happen and you just don’t have time to run out and eat. Keep refreshments on hand in this adorable and compact mini-fridge. A mini Keurig is perfect for when you need a quick caffeine fix.
11. Personal Flair
You’re working from home office because you are innovative and unique. Are you funky and eclectic or modern and sleek? Let your personal style shine by adding in colors, patterns, and prints to everything from your keyboard to your walls.
12. Dream Board
Be it post-it notes stuck on the wall, a corkboard full of photographs or an online virtual board, having your dreams and aspirations laid out before you is a great way to make sure you never forget your goals and the reasons why you do what you do. Don’t set limits on what you put on your dream board. A dream board should be inspiring and encourage you to keep reaching, stretching, and growing.