36 Items for a Happy, Healthy Home Office

Make your home office a space you'll feel good stepping into (and out of). These essentials will help get you there.

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Photography: by Suech and Beck | Styling: Franny Adler

Mark Your Calendar

Plan your days and weeks in style with this poster-size wall calendar.
Wall planner, $55, 313designmarket.com

Add this modern clock to your gallery wall to help you stick to a schedule and avoid working after-hours.
Wall clock, $40, confectiondecor.com

Major Zoom gesticulator? Protect yourself (and your tech) from accidents spill-proof cup.
Mug with lid, $15, Winners

When the days start to get shorter, boost your workplace ambiance with a candlelit glow.
Ceramic Candlestick, $35, shophacienda.com

Swap your Bics for these vibrantly designed fine ballpoint pens.
Miami pen, $7, 313designmarket.com

(Also, be sure to get yourself a good ergonomic chair—here are our three top picks, all available in Canada.)

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Photography: by Suech and Beck | Styling: Franny Adler

Work the Room

Pens, paper clips, sticky notes and chargers are all easy to store (and tote around) in this oak organizer.
Draft caddy, $100, eq3.com

No more frantic searching for your pen with this minimalist oak pencil box.
Pencil box, $40, eq3.com

When you’re looking straight at your monitor, the centre of your vision should line up with the centre of the screen. This laptop stand helps you do just that, while its ventilation function will ensure your computer doesn’t sound like it’s about to take off into space.
Ventilated laptop stand, $85, dskcustom.com

Hit play on your favourite podcast or concentration-boosting tunes, and enjoy them through this bright desktop speaker.
Portable speaker, $45, 313designmarket.com

Give your deskmate (a.k.a. your plant) a colourful home with this small pot, hand- painted in Vancouver.
Planter, $40, pictusgoods.com

This terrazzo catch-all will give your many, many sticky notes a home base. 313 Design Market Pretti.
Cool Sticki Note Holder, Marigold Terrazzo, $43, 313designmarket.com

Add texture to your office gallery wall with this woven art, handmade in Toronto.
Handwoven wall hanging, $130, shophacienda.com

This adorable little air purifier will help remove airborne particles—including allergens, house dust, dust mites, pet dander, mould, viruses and bacteria—to keep you breathing easy.
Mila purifier, US$349, milacares.com

(Here’s what working from home does to your body.)

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Photography: by Suech and Beck | Styling: Franny Adler

Desk Jockeys

This wool coaster set will make sure your morning coffee, afternoon tea or ever-present water doesn’t leave a ring behind.
Coaster set, $24, pictusgoods.com

“If your workspace is dim, your eyes will get more tired throughout the day due to straining,” says Dr. Liza Egbogah, osteopath and chiropractor. Her advice? “Get a desk lamp.”This stylish desk lamp from Goodee is multi-functional and can be used as a wall sconce or a table lamp.
Table lamp, $175, goodeeworld.com

This watercolour and pastel artwork boasts soothing colours and is sure to give your workspace with a feeling of calm.
Wall art, $50, shophacienda.com

This sunny storage box will consolidate all your work essentials (and suggest that you’re way tidier than you may actually be).
Hachiman Storage Box, $20, chapters.indigo.ca

This portable humidifier can help relieve dry skin, parched breathing pathways and sinus headaches, all of which will up your productivity.
Portable humidifier stick, $10, Winners

Lend your workspace a touch of natural texture with this oak pencil holder.
EQ3 Forth Cup, $43, eq3.com

Office candles: totally a thing. Light this one when you find yourself feeling a little extra stressed.
Obakki Candles, $35 for two, obakki.com

The family-run business behind this cast-iron candle holder has been making candles and stands in Japan since 1892.
Obakki candle holder, $45, obakki.com

Keep your notes, to-dos and other paper reminders safe from being swept away with this natural stone organizer.
Paper holder, $40, eq3.com

(Check out these other work-from-home must-haves that’ll help you be productive.)

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Photography: by Suech and Beck | Styling: Franny Adler

Cool Corners

Not the most attentive with your plants? This mouth-blown recycled-glass planter uses a rope to draw water from one section to the next, keeping soil moist and your greenery thriving.
Self-watering planter, $100, goodeeworld.com

This is not your average filing cabinet: With a mod shape and retro feel, this storage unit will make your workspace feel less like an office cubicle and more like the boss’s quarters.
Storage cabinet, $313, neatspace.ca

(Try these three activities that’ll keep you fit while working from home.)

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Photography: by Suech and Beck | Styling: Franny Adler

Break It Up

Lend your work chair a dash of colour—and enjoy extra lower-back support—with this handmade geometric pillow.
Lumbar pillow, $145, shophacienda.com

“Forty-five minutes is the absolute maximum amount of time you should be sitting before getting back up,” Egbogah says. Relieve achy muscles during back-to-back meetings with these cork massage balls (but maybe turn the camera off).
Massage balls, $34, chapters.indigo.ca

This eco-friendly waterproof notebook is made from recycled stone.
A5 Hardcover Notebook, Eucalypt (Lined), $25, goodeeworld.com

This refillable ink pen with an abstract print makes note-taking far more fabulous.
Memphis Brush pen, $7, 313designmarket.com

Matte on the outside, glazed on the inside, this terracotta mug is entirely safe for your dishwasher.
Edge Cup, $39, goodeeworld.com

Stretch on this eco-friendly yoga mat a few times a day, which will help you work out back kinks and realign your posture before you move on to the next task. Plus, a portion of proceeds goes toward the non-profit Right to Play.
Yoga mat, $95, scoria.ca

Add a little extra weight to your wrists for everyday tasks and build muscle while you work. (They work on ankles, too.)
Wrist weights, $65, chapters.indigo.ca

A distinct scent can help make your home office feel like its own unique space. We love sandalwood for getting into work mode. Slip your incense stick into this modern holder, which is made out of grey clay and accented with a white glaze.
Incense holder, $26, pictusgoods.com

Next: How to Create a Work-Life Balance When You’re Working From Home

Originally Published in Best Health Canada

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