The workspace you set up last year at home when schools and offices closed due to the coronavirus pandemic should be working for you.
If not, it’s time to invest in your home office to improve your comfort and productivity. Start with your desk, chair and lighting, then focus on organizing supplies and managing cords. The big goal: Decluttered. Storage boxes can help.
Here’s what retailers have on sale to create a more efficient, enjoyable home workspace:
- If mismatching furniture isn’t your style, Macy’s has home office sets with an executive desk, lateral file cabinet open bookcase and leather desk chair on sale, with an additional 10% off and 12 to 24 months financing.
- Posture-improving standing desks allow you to sit or stand throughout the workday. FlexiSpot’s 48-inch-long Comhar EG8 standing desk has an easy-to-adjust table height ($359.99, saving $140 off the regular price).
- An under-the-desk footrest is designed to improve circulation and posture. Huanuo’s ergonomic foot rest has three height positions, a 30-degree tilt angle and a non-skid textured surface ($25.99).
- Comfort-producing products while you work also include a neck and back massager (starting at $39)
- Genie mesh task chair by Latitude Run was ergonomically designed for comfort and support. The adjustable seat will swivel 360 degrees ($85.99, including shipping). See more office chairs at Wayfair, priced at up to 70% off and with free shipping.
- Supportive office and work chairs come in different styles, from executive, banker’s and drafting chairs to ergonomic, exercise ball and kneeling chairs.
- Flexispot, which designs ergonomic office furniture, has a height-adjustable, stationary desk bike that lets you pedal while you work (on sale at $299.99, was $349.99, includes shipping). Use the code DESKBIKE at checkout and receive 10% off.
- Chair mats protect floors and help you and your chair wheels move easier. Staples has a variety of chair mats, starting at $21.99, for carpet, vinyl and hardwood floors. A 44-inch-by-52-inch roll-up chair mat made of natural bamboo is $59.99.
- Lighting that makes it easier on your eyes to work comes in a variety of looks, shapes and prices. Home Depot has desk and floor lamps in modern, industrial, classic, rustic and traditional styles.
- A home office might benefit from an air-circulating ceiling fan with a light or maybe even a fancy chandelier. Take 25% off select chandeliers at Home Depot.
- Ikea’s work lamps have built-in, integrated wireless charging stations. The Riggad work lamp has wireless charging and LED lights ($59.99).
If you can’t muffle the sound of other activity in your home, you may want to use noise-canceling headphones to help you stay focused on work.
- Bose headphones are widely considered the industry standard. As such, they aren’t cheap. Expect to pay avout $400 (refurbished headphones are about $299.95). Standard shipping is free for orders of $50 or more.
Mail and other printed documents need to be kept in check before they pile up. Decide if each should be shredded or tossed, filed away or handled. Here are some ideas:
- Letter sorters let you organize incoming and outgoing mail and documents. Target has letter sorters, including a white mesh one for $5. The Container Store has a clear polystyrene Palaset letter sorter for $5.99 (5-1/8 inches square by 2-1/8 inches high). The crafters at Etsy offer everything from a 12-inch rustic mail organizer ($24.99) to cherry wood and oak letter trays with brass accents for $49.99 (9-3/8 inches wide by 12-3/8 inches deep and 3-3/4 inches tall).
- A paper shredder can protect your identity by destroying private, confidential and sensitive documents. Walmart has strip-cut, cross-cut and micro-cut shredders (starting at $30) plus shredder oil and bags.
- Waste baskets: Bed, Bath & Beyond has trash cans that come with or without lids, and voice and motion sensors. Search by capacity, brand, color and price. The storage and organization sale is discounting items up to 25%. Take 20% off any single item plus receive free shipping on orders over $39 when you sign up for emails.
- Filing systems and storage: Staples as file folders, hanging file folders, accordion folders, classification folders as well as file boxes with and without lids.
A dedicated printer stand can free up your desk space. Office Depot has printer stands, starting at $109.99 (save $40), as well as printers (even 3D printers) and printer paper, inks and supplies. Take 15% off one qualifying regularly priced item when you sign up to receive emails.
- Collect items in stackable containers, drawers, baskets or bins. The Container Store has office storage solutions (latch boxes, connecting bins, plastic satchels), desk organization items and custom closets, plus the Marie Kondo Collection. Save 30% on Elfa Shelving for a limited time and get 15% off your first regularly priced purchase when you join POP! Rewards.
- Rolling carts are at Michaels stores as well as other storage solutions and home office supplies plus kids’ homeschooling crafts. Take 25% off all regular price items.
- Memo boards and chalkboards are on sale for up to 70% off at Wayfair. There is also a selection of whiteboards and bulletin boards.
- Pegboard: Lowe’s Home Improvement sells a hard pegboard (47-3/4 inches by 95-3/4 inches) for $19.48 while Wayfair has decorative steel pegboards, including the 20 inch-square Belton elephant pegboard on sale at $57.99.
- Magnetic containers attach to a wall plate or any magnetic surface. The Container Store’s Perch Biggy magnetic container holds up to 10 pounds ($14.99).
- Calendars.com has 2021 calendars already on sale, including exclusives and a wide range of themes, from art to weird (like images of dachshund yoga). The National Parks wall calendar is on sale at $7.49. (was $14.99). Get free shipping and $5 off of a $40 purchase with the code FIVEDEAL.
- Ikea’s storage and organization solutions include attractive bookcases and shelving units. Use the online compare mode to find the right height and look.
- Cost Plus World Market has space-saving solutions for storing books such as its gold metal and wood, three-tier wall shelf ($89.99), while the midcentury modern-style walnut brown Ashlyn bookshelf ($299.99) could also be used as a console table or media stand.
- A label maker identifies files, storage drawers and boxes.
- Cable management accessories are available on Amazon, such as cable raceways, sleeves, straps, ties and floor cord covers.
- Cleaning gel ($8.99 and up) removes dust from keyboards and electronic devices.
- A waterproof, leather desk blotter ($14.95) is two sided and comes in a variety of colors (31.5 inches by 15.7 inches).
- Power strips with USB ports provide electricity to more devices (2-pack for $12.49).
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072