Wake up and smell the asbestos, dear. We’re not going back to the office anytime soon, or at least not in enough of a capacity to keep a snake plant alive at our old desk. For many of us desk-job drones, it’s been over a year of this makeshift, work-from-home business; over a year of squatting on a non-ergonomic chair, coffee staining every surface, and feeling fugly on conference calls (here’s a fast camera hack for that, by the way). And while some employers are feeling out what an imminent return to the office will look like, it isn’t clear cut. WFH, in some capacity, is here to stay.
We’re not here to dive into the existential ramifications of that shift for corporate America (although: LOL at the CEOs publishing teary op-eds on “the erosion of office culture.”) Coworker camaraderie (or commiseration) is important, but life is not just measured in quarters, Bret, and a lot of people aren’t eager to get back in-office in the same way.
If you haven’t already, now is the moment to equip your WFH station to be less annoying, or to exist at all. (Still using the island counter as an office? Same.) Perhaps you’ve been loving the whole home-grind situation, in which case a swish new rubbish bin (does that make it sound fancy? good) will suffice. Maybe you’re still working from your bed, in which case, you should consider setting some new boundaries between your rest and work life with an actual desk. The point is, once we accept this new long-term reality, we can get the start-up balance ball chair rolling on a better work-home space. I mean, did your last water cooler actually purify the water, too? Didn’t think so.
Free up the kitchen table
Why are we still doing our homework at the kitchen table, like babies? Get a desk that’s also a one-person-jug-band, like this storage and display-equipped, L-shaped one. It’s 45% off, and the four tiers of open bookshelves can be on the left or right side.
Reversible L-Shape Desk,
$217.99 $119.99 at Wayfair
Get a meal delivery service
There are tons of options out there for making your life easier and more nutritious during those weeks where you feel like you’re gonna drop dead if you have to make one more omelette or baby greens salad. Some of the more affordable and well-reviewed options include Freshly and HelloFresh, but if you can swing it—and we do know it’s ridiculously bougie—go for Sakara. The meal delivery service skews very Goopy, but our editors can attest from personal experience that it keeps our tongues dancing and our hearts going pitter-patter even on the most exhausted of days. Your Cheeto-sustained brain will appreciate a break to “organic, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, no refined sugar” foods that your mother (and your digestive tract) will thank you for ordering. No prep, no cooking required, and everything is shockingly tasty.
Two Days of Meals, $177 at Sakara
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