I outsourced the figuring out what to get to DH. He likes shopping waaaay more than I do (exceptions: food and books).
He ended up picking out an Updesk Uplift v2 in black, 60*30. That’s the biggest size that will fit into the space my old desk occupied after cannibalizing all of the space around the old desk (the computer has to go under the desk now instead of next to it and DH and I will have touching desks). We also got a thingy with monitor arms (Fully Pole-Mounted Monitor Arm) so the monitors can be adjusted more easily and they take up less space (no more sitting on DH’s old college biology textbooks).
The desk came with a bunch of random free stuff. The mat for under the keyboard is great. I’ve been enjoying playing with the balance board during faculty meetings– it really does seem to help. I do not like the desk set and will probably give it away. I have put a more complicated desk set on my amazon wishlist for Christmas, but I’m open to suggestions if there’s something you love. Currently I’m using an old coffee mug that DH was gifted but never used to hold my pens (it says “Engineer”). We also got a filing cabinet.
I also temporarily moved my desk set-up to the guest bedroom, to the delight of Nice Kitty whose room it belongs to. The carpet is the BEST– I can stand for long periods of time when the balance board starts hurting my feet without my feet hurting. Sadly, the internet wireless doesn’t work as well in the guest bedroom and I can’t directly hardwire myself to the internet through the wall like I can in the office. That’s fine for faculty meetings, but not so great for conferences or meetings that I’m running. (My meetings are short! New record: 5 min.) So we’ll be moving back to the office with the hardwood floors. I wanted to get a colorful rug from overstock, but DH bought a mat instead. He says we can still get the colorful rug, but he wants to have an anti-fatigue mat for his own use. We’ll try this out.
I’m using the footrest that I never used while nursing that was supposed to go with the glider that I never used while nursing (the mothers helpers loved it for rocking to sleep, but I guess I never rocked– just used magical mommy milk to induce naps) with the two position chair I got in graduate school (long story: they only sell them in bulk) since I traded DC1 for my Aeron. As noted before, I’ve swapped the purple pillow with an everlasting comfort pillow.
I have three of the four settings programmed: Sitting, standing without the board, and standing with the board. I really like it so far! I also like that it has a lot more desktop space than my old home office setup which never really quite fit my big Moleskine.
Monitor arms: $85
Filing Cabinet: $100
Anti-fatigue mat: $40
That is a lot of money! But if it lets me work without agony, it is worth it. (Just last week I was able to go back to touching my toes… hopefully that keeps up.) I have a LOT of work to do this summer.
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How is your home office set up? Oh wait, I just asked you that. Um… what kind of rugs do you like? How do you keep your pens and pencils and post-it notes and other sundries on hand? Also: is it weird to lust over cat-shaped paperclips?