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Green choices for your home office

Working from home has a unique set of perks and challenges. You aren’t surrounded by coworkers, but you also don’t have your typical office tools close at hand. I’ve had to get creative in my space but I’ve been able to do it with a few things repurposed from around my home.

Monitor riser
Oh, wow, have I Googled this one. There are beautiful wooden rises and clear acrylic risers for the minimalist. The best riser I’ve found so far was borrowed from my bookshelf. (And to think I was told I’d never use those yearbooks ever again.) When I need to adjust the height, I can easily add or remove a book.

Recycle bin
This is one office item that you can take for granted but easy to remedy. You’re more likely to recycle if the bin is available so start using one today! Instead of buying a new recycle bin, grab the trash can from a little-used guest bath or simply turn your trash can into a recycle bin. If you have to trash something, you’ll be forced to stand up and move. Bonus points if you can think of a more sustainable product swap on the way back to your desk.

Stand-up desk
I’m not one of those that needs a standing desk, but I do like the option to stretch my legs and spine. One of the items that has made it easier to work while standing is an angled lap desk, the kind that are designed to let you work from the sofa or bed. It gives me the perfect amount of extra height to work from my laptop while standing at the kitchen island or even on top of the dryer. Don’t knock it until you try it! Front loading dryers are really tall and I bet no one bothers you in the laundry room!

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