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Seven Back To The Office Essentials

As fall approaches, more and more people are returning to an in-person work or hybrid schedule. After over a year of working from home, it’s a significant shift for many of us. I’m here to share my tips on easing the transition back into the office. 

Reusable Water Bottle -- always keep hydrated
I love my reusable water bottle! At this point, I rarely leave the house without it. It’s so important to drink water throughout the day and stay hydrated. At NEATGOODS, we care about the environment, and we believe that reducing waste is important, even at a micro level. A reusable water bottle will not only help you stay hydrated and healthy, but also reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating plastic single use bottles. I recommend a Hydro Flask or CamelBak, however any bottle that fits your preferences will do!

Hydro Flask Water Bottle -- excellent for the office.

NEATwipes -- calming, convenient and effective
It never hurts to stay extra clean at work! NEATwipes individually wrapped hand wipes are so convenient for quickly throwing a few into my bag before work. I am currently on a lavender kick, so the scent of NEATwipes is such a nice touch! Having them on hand helps my peace of mind about staying germ-free. 

NEATwipes individual handwipes on top of a work tote bag.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds -- keep distractions to a minimum
After over a year of working from home, many of us may not be used to the buzz of the office. It can be difficult to concentrate with so many distractions we’re no longer accustomed to. I recommend noise cancelling earbuds to help with productivity. 

A Closet Refresh -- you can only be so casual at the office
It may have been a while since you’ve gone back to school shopping, but this is the perfect time for back to work shopping, whether it is a trip to Nordstrom or a curated delivery from Stitch Fix! After so much time in sweatpants and casual clothes, it’s the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe. I find that a few new additions to my closet not only help my confidence, but also my excitement to get ready in the mornings. 

NEATsheets -- a checkmark against stains
Now that you’ve gotten new work clothes, you definitely will want to keep them NEAT. NEATsheets are the perfect way to protect yourself from a stain at lunch. When working from home, a stain can mean a quick change of clothes, but at work things aren’t that simple. NEATsheets allow you to stay care-free about stains from a messy lunch or chaotic commute and they will protect your new back to work clothes. 

Man wearing a Red & White NEATsheet during lunch meeting at a restaurant.

An Easy, Healthy Snack -- keep fueled throughout the day
Everyone loves a tasty snack, and we all know how hard it is to work on an empty stomach. Going back to the office means no more unlimited access to your kitchen and pantry. It’s always good to have a quick, easy, and healthy snack on hand. I love keeping a protein bar (my favorite is Alani Nu Fit Snack Protein Bar) on hand to keep me energized, focused, and full!

Blue Light Glasses -- your eyes will thank you
After so much screen time, it’s easy for our eyes to get fatigued. From headaches to troubled sleep, too much exposure to blue light can have quite the negative effect on our daily lives. That’s why I recommend grabbing a pair of blue light glasses from Warby Parker to protect your eyes. If you prefer a different method to reduce blue light exposure, I recommend f.lux. It is a free browser extension that lowers blue light, particularly later in the day. 


Abby Tutterow served as a summer marketing associate at NEATGOODS. She is embarking on her sophomore year at Davidson College in Davidson, NC. When Abby is not studying hard, she loves theatre, travel, being with family and friends, and enjoying delicious food.

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