Gift Guide #7 – Work and School From Home

In March, our home was transformed from a mostly empty abode, where only I worked, to one that is occupied 24/7 by an entire family.

Luckily, we do have plenty of space for all this together time, but it has taken a lot of tweaking, so we can actually work together without killing each other. We created Zoom-friendly zones, put additional workspaces in common areas. Steve and I rearranged our office furniture at least three times, and we’re not done yet. I would describe our situation as a work-in-progress.

Here are some items that we all need these day to maximize our work/school spaces:

  • Our biggest expenditures this year was in new technology. And stupid printer ink. Steve had to buy a camera for his computer. We changed our internet provider to get better wifi.
  • We invested in new desks for common areas. I like this one.
  • Zoom lighting – I’m thinking about getting a clip-on lighting kit. But I hear great things about ring lights. This one, too.
  • I’m a big lover of my standing desk. Highly endorse.
  • Both Steve and I are presently using lawyer chairs, but that might change.
  • For the kids working from home, I like the bed-desk for when they’re totally tired of sitting at a desk. Along with a pillow armrest.
  • A bulletin board or a white board is a must.
  • I’m looking for a really girly desk lamp, because things are looking a little too utilitarian in here.
  • Right now, we’re in the process of personalizing and softening up the space with art and plants. An Echo Show 5 looks fun for when you want to move your office to the kitchen for a few minutes.

5 thoughts on “Gift Guide #7 – Work and School From Home

  1. That first Zoom light link takes me to something from L’Occitane (I am a fan – I have splurged on Verbena things from them a few times.) I’ve been thinking about some Zoom lighting, but will probably try to get something after Christmas, if after-Christmas sales are still a thing.


  2. Husband and I find that IKEA Poang chairs offer really good ergonomics for being on a laptop, especially with the matching ottoman. It’s too easy to wind up hunched over a laptop when sitting in a traditional chair.


  3. Since today is one of the kids’ birthday, the Sunday announcement of Wednesday lockdown gives me one day to go to any non-grocery store for anything Christmas. Or indeed for anything anything before at least January 10. Gah.


    1. I just discovered the state liquor stores will mail booze to my house, so that’s a big drop in my non-grocery shopping.


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