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My Work from Home Setup

Last week the company I work for enforced mandatory work from home for the foreseeable future due to Coronavirus. I am very fortunate that my employer has allowed us to work from home to stay safe and healthy, especially since social distancing will slow down the rate of infection and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed.

Prior to Coronavirus, there was already a pretty flexible remote work policy, so I’d work from about once a week. Since it was only a day per week, I didn’t mind sitting on the floor and using my coffee table or lounging on my couch to do work. However, as soon as I knew I’d be working from home indefinitely, I knew it was time to have a proper desk set up so I could stay productive and also protect my body (I’m concerned about getting back or wrist pain from improper posture).

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I brought home my laptop stand, touchpad, and dongle from work, but everything else I already owned. Fortunately, I received this monitor for free when a startup got acquired and didn’t need the monitor anymore. All I needed was just to buy the proper cord to connect it to my work MacBook.

I’ve had this desk for a few years now, but mainly used it for applying skincare and makeup, which is why there’s so much of it on my desk. The desk has two drawers where I stash my backup skincare stock and other miscellaneous things.

I bought this chair at the same time I bought my desk. It was kind of expensive considering it’s from IKEA, but I love it because the shape of the chair provides great lower back support and it’s really comfortable. It also comes with a 10-year warranty!

Ever since I made the switch to a mechanical keyboard a few years ago, I’ve never looked back! This is my favorite keyboard and it was a collaboration between Varmilo and Drop (formerly known as Massdrop). I’ll like the keyboard here 1, but I’m not sure if they make this specific one anymore. I love how the key markings are on the front of the keys so they won’t wear out as I type and also I am a huge fan of keyboards that light up. For anyone who’s curious, the switches are Cherry Browns.

I got the keyboard wrist rest on Amazon. It’s really sleek and well made! I had a different one prior to this but the fabric started coming off and the foam got deflated, so this one was a nice upgrade.

I just made the switch from the Apple Magic Mouse to the Apple Trackpad because I was experiencing wrist pain. I also picked up this mouse wrist rest from Amazon to keep my wrist elevated.

I wish the company that made the keyboard wrist rest also made a mouse version, but they don’t, which is why I went with a different brand. I’m really happy with both of them, though!

On my monitor, I have this mini Shisa statue on top of a bitter melon that I got in Okinawa years ago! It’s my favorite souvenir that I have from Japan. Here, I also keep my external HDs and a USB hub that helps me connect a lot of things to my laptop.

I bought this “blue light” eyedrops last time I was in Japan. Supposedly it’s supposed to help with the blue light from screens. I’m not sure if it works or not, but it couldn’t hurt since I feel like my vision is seriously suffering from how much I stare at a screen and anything would help.

To the left of my Macbook, I have a mug of tea for my daily dose of caffeine (normally green tea), and a large mason jar of water. I’ve noticed it’s easier for me to mindlessly drink water when I’m drinking with a straw. I also have my airpods that I use when I need to hop on a work conference call and a few notebooks for me to write down reminders.

Here’s a more in-depth look at my makeup and skincare corner! I always keep some kind of lotion here since I have eczema on my hands and with the extra hand-washing recently, my hands are often dried out. I definitely have way too much makeup and skincare, so I’ve been on a shopping ban for those items until I run out.

A few more skincare and makeup items as well as my favorite piggy bank from Daiso!

That wraps up my WFH setup! Here’s a list of everything that was mentioned:

Has your company let you work from home yet? What’s your work from home setup like?

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55 Comments

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    March 17, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    That keyboard is pretty neat and my son’s hands have been getting so dry with all the hand washing. Ahh, stay well! I hope all the social distancing helps knock this virus down quickly.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  • Christine Kong
    March 18, 2020 at 12:41 am

    This is a great set-up! I never heard of bluelight eye drops before and need to check those out. The wrist pad looks so comfy too. I need to get one of those. Thanks for sharing what works for you!

    xoxo,
    Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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  • Jennifer
    March 18, 2020 at 1:12 am

    Very cool set-up! It’s so important to take extra precaution so we can be safe. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • stylefrontier
    March 18, 2020 at 2:31 am

    wow loving your desk set up so far! thank you for sharing
    xoxo
    style frontier

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  • April Rodea
    March 18, 2020 at 3:36 am

    Nice setup you got here and that’s one pretty big second monitor. Anyway, been working remotely for 2 years now and I just thought I should also buy that kind of keyboard/mouse wrist rest. Haha! Thanks for sharing this. Also, keep safe.

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  • hayleyxmartin
    March 18, 2020 at 7:17 am

    It’s so good that your employer has enforced mandatory work from home!! I wish the measures in the UK were being enforced as seriously, however, we shall see how things pan out in the coming weeks.

    Love that you have set up your space especially for long term use, it’s important to have a setup that isn’t going to cause repetitive strain injury!

    Look after yourself and hopefully things will be back to normal in the next couple of months.

    Hayley || hayleyxmartin

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  • jenniferpickering22gmailcom
    March 18, 2020 at 8:04 am

    I really need to create a better work at home set up. I personally work better at coffee shops for a few hours but I won’t be doing that for who knows how long.

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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  • Lovely Amusan
    March 18, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Your office set up is great hun looks well organised.

    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

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  • Emmylou
    March 18, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Oooooo…I love your set up:) I think I need to get that mouse wrist rest too! Thanks for sharing. That’s wonderful to hear that you’re able to work from home. I think, with the seriousness of this covid19 thing, this might be the norm for awhile for many.
    PS I love that mini Shisa statue you got from Okinawa:) Sooooo cute!

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  • Regine Karpel
    March 18, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I love the office setup. Very organized.
    http://www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  • Marcella
    March 18, 2020 at 11:13 am

    A lot of companies here in Nederland also already announced so their employees can work from home.. Stay safe… <3
    Btw, I followed you on Bloglovin, maybe you can check my blog and follow me back? Really appreciate it.. 🙂

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  • Xin
    March 18, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    We’re also lucky that both our companies have been very open-minded to allowing broad work-from-home during this time. I was a bit surprised that my workplace adopted it so quickly (on Friday morning), since we’re a sort of old-fashioned office that is normally very anti work-from-home. I’m also pretty dependent on having an external monitor to use with my laptop. (I’ve had the same external monitor since law school!)

    Stay well

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  • Margot
    March 18, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Such a nice setup.
    I love your souvenir statue. It’s so cute.
    Stay safe !
    xx
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com

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  • makeupmuddle
    March 18, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    It looks like you have a really nice and cosy set up! I hope you keep safe xo

    Makeup Muddle

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  • Simone
    March 18, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    I’m also working from home this week and I really do appreciate it. With my two kids it wouldn’t be possible anymore to go to the office. I got to get me such a keyboard too!

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

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  • Monica Hein
    March 18, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    im also working form hime, but nothing crazy just answering emails and all 🙂

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  • rolalaloves
    March 18, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    I’m a technical writer so I already work from home but my husband who is an IT director just joined me. We share a desk and he has a fancy phone from his office which he’s on most of the day in meetings. I just plug in my headphones and do my own thing. I like having him around and having lunch together.

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    • Mai Nguyen
      March 18, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      It’s pretty nice! My boyfriend, who I live with, is also working from home. His setup is in the living room and mine is in the bedroom. We work separately but like you and your husband, it’s nice to eat lunch together and take breaks together, especially during this rough period. Hope you and your husband are safe and healthy!

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  • jillcgilbert
    March 18, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    I love that you set up such a productive space for you to work from home! That really helps during this strange time. Your skincare is so organized!

    Jill
    https://jilliancecilia.com/

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  • Mani
    March 19, 2020 at 3:07 am

    Oh wow, I really love your keyboard! I definitely miss the satisfying click-clack of mechanical keys, so I’ll have to look into it haha. I’m already working from home for the foreseeable future, and I have a huge monitor set up on my desk – I don’t think I could manage without it!

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  • Holly
    March 19, 2020 at 10:06 am

    What a great little setup! My work doesn’t have a working from home policy, but we are also now having to work from home due to the Covid-19 situation. I’m enjoying having my little office in my room. Great post.

    Holly x
    http://www.adailydoseofholly.com

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  • Beauty with Lala (@Pink_Frenzy)
    March 19, 2020 at 11:25 am

    You are so well prepared! And I love how you have set it up x

    Laura
    https://www.beautywithlala.com/

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  • Abdel
    March 19, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Your office set up is fabulous and so organised.

    http://www.infinitelyposh.com

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  • Geniussr
    March 19, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    You have such a cool setup.. love it especially that keyboard looks great.. stay safe and healthy dear… ❤️

    https://geniusenough.com/2020/01/18/lipstick-trends-for-every-occasion/

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  • sundaydahlias
    March 19, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Wow that keyboard looks so cool! I’ve heard good things about mechanical keyboards and have thought about getting myself one too! I hope you and your family stay safe during this time!

    https://sundaydahlias.com

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  • Angelica
    March 19, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Your setup is so clean and awesome! Mine is way too cluttered, but hopefully will work on that during this time home

    XX Angelica
    https://eraenvogue.com

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  • Jules
    March 19, 2020 at 4:37 pm
  • Sonia Aicha
    March 20, 2020 at 12:04 am

    I think after this quarantine, work from home will become even more popular so good thing you invested in a desk, I really like how you set things!!!
    Stay safe,
    Sonia
    http://www.soniaaicha.com

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  • Mica
    March 20, 2020 at 12:28 am

    Your setup looks lovely! I just have the one screen at home, I use an external monitor as my laptop screen is too small to be useful for work, so it’s hooked up to a monitor and I use a keyboard and mouse too. I have a home office but it’s not anything fancy, just my desk and hubby’s desk with the computers on them! 🙂

    Hope that your week is going okay with everything happening right now!

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  • itselliekblog
    March 20, 2020 at 3:00 am

    Such a great setup! I’d like a keyboard and mouse wrist rest as well because I’m constantly typing now, my wrists hurt a little after some time haha
    Ellie x // elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  • Jessica
    March 20, 2020 at 10:34 am

    So neat and organized! What a beautiful minimal setup.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  • Ashley
    March 20, 2020 at 10:36 am

    I love your set-up! My company implemented the same policy; I’ve been working from home since Tuesday. It’s definitely a whole different ballgame right now.

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  • The Exclusive Beauty Diary
    March 20, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Your home office looks very nice. Enjoy in working hours.

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  • Tiziana
    March 20, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Such a great set-up! It´s so great that more and more companies let their employees work from home 🙂
    Stay safe!

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  • Soph Hearts 💞 (@sophhearts)
    March 20, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    I love IKEA furniture! I find that it’s so important to have a proper work set up if you’re working from home to keep motivated! Good luck with it and take care.
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

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  • sonia // daring coco
    March 21, 2020 at 12:48 am

    You have such a great workspace. I love that it is functional and stylish; especially with that ikea chair

    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

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  • Dasynka
    March 21, 2020 at 8:47 am

    It’s important to have a set up where we can work and when other spaces where we can relax, it helps to get into the work flow, otherwise it’s too difficult to find the right motivation to work from home. I love your set up 🙂
    xx Dasynka
    http://dasynka.com

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  • Nancy
    March 21, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    It is so important to have a right setup when you’re working for hours. I love that you have a cute keyboard! When I was looking for a new one, I’ve been looking through Drop but ended with a Corsair lol. YESSS it is so important to have the right chair to support your back. Thanks for sharing your WFH setup! Stay safe!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  • shaira
    March 23, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Since I transferred home I also managed first my work space just so I’d feel motivated to study and at the same time work on my backlogs. I love how organized your work space is! 🙂

    Take care! 🙂

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    Blog: http://www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  • Hazel Salcedo
    March 23, 2020 at 11:37 am

    I love seeing other people’s work spaces! Thank you for sharing yours! I should definitely buy wrist rest and a laptop stand! I noticed some kind of pain on my wrist when I do work at times. 🙁 Anyway, always stay safe!

    Hazel | https://hazywanders.com/

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  • Nina
    March 23, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Nice space!! Stay safe and healthy.
    xx- Nina
    http://www.stylingwithnina.com/2020/03/hello-happy-spring.html

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  • dousedinpink
    March 24, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    This is such a great set-up! Your keyboard sounds really cool! Stay safe!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

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  • Radi
    March 25, 2020 at 4:37 am

    You’ve got a great set up…very organized!
    Hope you’re doing well!

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  • femaleoriginal
    March 25, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    This is a great work from home setup! The chair that you got from IKEA looks super comfy too x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

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  • Kate
    March 25, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    I love this set up! It is so organized and beautiful. I hope you are staying safe during these weird times and you are perfectly fine!

    Take care,
    xoxo
    Kate

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  • busyandfab
    March 30, 2020 at 12:01 am

    So good to hear how you set-up your desk space, you got some cool gadgets. Hubby set me up in the dining room as I requested a space where I can see outside. Our computer room is pretty cramped because the boys go there for their gaming session. I kind of loving my new space now. I hope you are doing well in your end.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

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  • Beka
    April 2, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    I love your keyboard, it’s so cool! I just have a basic Logitech one for when I’m working, I think I need to upgrade 😂 I had no idea that Apple to trackpads like that either! That and the keyboard/mouse rests seem like such a good idea, especially when you’re working long hours. Also, I LOVE your mug 🥰

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

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  • Katerina
    April 4, 2020 at 7:45 am

    I’ve been working from home for a couple of weeks now too and am glad that I have worked from home a day here and there previously – that experience has certainly come in handy, as a lot of the others are trying to work out the technology. I love the look of your mechanical keyboard – I really need to look into getting one. I have blue light glasses but don’t really think they were doing much for me – I’ve never heard og blue light eye drops before! A great set up!

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  • Anha
    April 5, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Great setup. It’s very interesting post. Your keyboard is awesome.

    xoxo

    A.
    https://www.eikomania.com

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  • Alyssa
    April 9, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    I work from home for almost 10 years now so I’m okay, but my father, he works in an office for over 27 years so he’s not used to working at home even though he has an office space in our home. It’s really a big adjustment for some people.

    Anyway, stay safe and healthy!

    xx Alyssa | STYLEVANITY

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  • Nathalie
    April 10, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    What a lovely set up!
    I always fill it up too much and then it becomes distracting.
    I Will reorganize based on your example.
    Hope you are keeping safe.
    xx

    https://www.ecoislogical.com/

    Nathalie

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  • olivia
    April 12, 2020 at 10:10 am

    i love the set-up you do for getting productive! i swear it’s so hard to be productive when you’re at home all the time >< but it’s alright, we’ll get through this!

    x,
    olivia / https://amolivia.com

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  • Chia
    April 14, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Great set-up, Mai! Here’s to hoping the pandemic ends soon x

    Chia | http://www.chiasamson.com

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  • Rocio Villalobos
    April 28, 2020 at 3:13 am

    Glad you figured out a wfh setup that works for you. Looks so sleek and functional!

    By Rocio V

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  • Nahid Akhter
    April 28, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    I like your blog. It was really Awesome. You have explained tips properly.

    Nahid | https://bestclicknow.com

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