Within a matter of days, coffee tables became desks and hoodies became an acceptable form of office attire due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The transition from heading to an office everyday to working from home hasn't been easy, especially when there's no physical separation between the latter anymore, but carving out a sacred space to do work (and work only!) can make a major difference in work-life balance...and sanity. After you've created a special workspace beyond the couch, accessorize with these cute desk accessories, below, to spark joy in these unpredictable times. After all, it's really about the little things.
No more stacking magazines on top of each other! The first rule to working from home is finding a cute desk riser that will make you look 10x better on those Zoom conference calls.
A weekly desk pad like Rifle Paper Co.'s will help keep track of those last-minute deadlines your boss decides to throw at you.
Now more than ever, self-care should be a priority. Hey Dewy's portable facial humidifier can connect directly to your desktop or laptop, keeping your sinuses clear and skin hydrated while you stare at the computer screen for 1,000 hours. (Just me?)
Loose papers and pens belong in this gorgeous cup and paper holder.
Alexa, play "Work from Home." Instead of throwing your headphones on the couch after a long day, place them on this classic headphone stand, where you can easily grab them the next morning for your daily jam sessions.
For all of the print magazine lovers out there (have you subscribed to Marie Claire?!), keep your favorite issues in this blush file box next to your laptop for some mid-day inspiration.
Working from home also means staying hydrated from home. Keep a cold glass of water next to you throughout the day and place it on these gorgeous coasters. If you don't end up using them, they still make a great piece of decor.
Trustworthy journalism has never been more important. Support The New York Times and drink your morning joe out of its signature logo coffee mug. It will look great on top of those coasters.
Papier's customized leopard print notebook encourages daily journaling on lunch breaks for a little stress relief. (Yes, you should still take your lunch breaks!)
Thanks to Kikkerland's wireless charging pad, you can charge your phone right next to your mouse. It's especially useful if you don't have an outlet near your new home office space.
Every desk requires a chic frame like this one from Alexandra Von Furstenberg, placed with a fun picture inside to reminisce on better days with family and friends.
No need to walk from the living room to the bathroom to throw on a little gloss before that Zoom meeting.
These agate bookends will receive endless compliments from your colleagues when they spot them in the background during your meeting.
Hang up this "Take Care of Yourself" art print behind your computer screen to remind yourself it's okay to step away and take a socially-distant walk outside to get some fresh air.
Candles may not fix our problems, but it definitely helps take the edge off when your home smells like a delicious mix of orchid, white lily, and spring moss.
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Rachel Epstein is a writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. Most recently, she was the Managing Editor at Coveteur, where she oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. Previously, she was an editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop.
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