Ways to spruce up your home office!

by Melissa

As a blogger I spend a great deal of my time in my home office. This means I always want new ways to add a little fun and do a little sprucing. Here are a few ways to spruce up your home office. No guarantees but for myself having an inviting and comfortable place to work makes for more productivity.
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Fresh Flowers: So fresh flowers can get a little expensive. However, if you have flowers growing around your home then you can pick a few of those or pick up a bouquet at a big box store. You will find that you can usually get a bouquet for less than $10. My favorites are carnations because they smell great and last for quite some time.

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Storage: If you tend to have papers spread out every where think about finding a storage solution that will look nice and keep you organized. Clutter stresses me out and makes me lose focus so keeping my office looking streamlined is important. Throw away any trash and file and store as needed. The Easy2Go Mobile Filing Cabinet above acts as double duty for me as storage and a pretty side table for a few books and a lamp.

Work Station: A work station or desk that works for your needs. I posted about my desk here. I love it. It is nice and long which provides me with amble room to spread out my blogging planner, idea book, etc. Included in this work station is a comfortable chair. If you are a blogger, work from home or spend time at your desk for long periods, a comfortable chair is essential.

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Cozy Furniture: Whether you want to have an extra place for yourself or spruce up your work environment for visitors having a padded place to sit comes in handy. For instance, my office does double duty as a quite place to sit, relax and read for myself. I love this SoFab Coco Chair from Staples. It is the perfect place to host a friend or jotting down some of those blogging ideas.

Pictures/Art: I like to add pictures of my daughter and husband around my office. When I need a little pick me up or smile from a particularly hard day I can catch a glimpse of their photo and it gives me that boost I need. I also like to add inspirational quote art on the walls. This is just another way to keep pushing forward when all you really want to do is give up.

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Office Supplies: I love colorful office supplies. I don’t know what it is but being able to write in purple, pink, green, etc pens is so much fun. Yes, even at 31 years old.  πŸ™‚

Make your office unique to your own tastes. When you are surrounded by things you love like fresh flowers, cozy furniture, inspirational wall art and colorful pens and paper you are sure to be more productive.  If you still can’t get past the procrastination with a new spruced up home office well then at least it looks pretty.

To get one of you started in sprucing up your own home office, Staples is offering one lucky winner $100. Yay, exciting!

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How do you spruce up your home office?


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Robin (Masshole Mommy) June 13, 2014 - 10:28 AM

I think a few little decor items like those can really make all the difference. I love your mini makeover.

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Melissa Coleman June 13, 2014 - 10:34 AM

Thanks! I would have really never thought about getting a comfortable chair at Staples but it really is super comfortable and most likely more affordable than any homestore you could get it at.

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Ange June 13, 2014 - 10:45 AM

That pillow was made for me!!!

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Evangelina E. June 13, 2014 - 11:03 AM

I could really use a new lamp.

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Carly Bellard June 13, 2014 - 12:21 PM

I would love some new office organizer stuff and some little decor additions! Staples always has great stuff!

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Kay Adeola June 13, 2014 - 3:15 PM

I love having my family pictures up and fresh flowers are always nice.

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Kimberly Sneed June 13, 2014 - 1:57 PM

always MORE storage! thanks for the giveaway, great tips!

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Casey @ Beauty 101 June 13, 2014 - 3:03 PM

I NEED that pillow!! Great tips!

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Laura June 13, 2014 - 5:52 PM

I’d LOVE to invest in a filing cabinet. I have papers everywhere, I’d love to be able to just have them all in one area!

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Shell June 13, 2014 - 4:39 PM

I love pretty storage containers to keep all of my stuff together. Otherwise, I end up with it spread out all over the place!

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Melinda June 13, 2014 - 4:52 PM

i need more organization for my desk space. I’m starting to lose control of the paperwork

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Kelly June 13, 2014 - 7:23 PM

I am moving and my new home office only has a computer so I need EVERYTHING else!

xx Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

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Jaime June 13, 2014 - 7:42 PM

I love pretty storage containers. I need to remember to add flowers to my office space (they usually just end up in my dining room.)

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Melissa Coleman June 14, 2014 - 7:19 AM

I am the same way. I usually put them in the dining room but I spend so much time in my office it only makes sense to bring some in there. I would see them a lot more.

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Carly June 13, 2014 - 5:54 PM

Great timing, we are moving next week and setting up a new home office! We need desks and a comfy chair like that one!!!

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teresa mccluskey June 13, 2014 - 6:17 PM

I love the chair and toss pillow! It looks very comfy!

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Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest June 13, 2014 - 6:39 PM

I think fresh flowers is a good way to spruce up your office. I also LOVE office supplies, Staples is my version of Disneyland I think lol.

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Melissa Coleman June 14, 2014 - 7:17 AM

lol… I don’t know what it is about office supplies. It is like when you were little and you wanted all the fun colorful stuff. Yeah, that doesn’t really outgrow you.

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Paige June 13, 2014 - 7:19 PM

I love changing out my decor items to get a totally new feel in my house!

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Amber June 13, 2014 - 7:34 PM

I love the neutral shades! That chair is cute, and it looks comfy too! I would definitely go for some storage for my home office area with $100 to staples. πŸ™‚

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Mindy June 13, 2014 - 7:53 PM

My home office needs MAJOR work! Storage storage storage!!!

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Kiwi June 13, 2014 - 10:35 PM

I love office supplies. it makes me happy…like I shopping for office supplies makes me excited! I entered the contest that would rock if I win!

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Jenn @ The Rebel Chick June 14, 2014 - 12:01 AM

I’d love an office! In the meantime more storage containers would be very useful.

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Susanna @Zealous Mom June 14, 2014 - 4:42 AM

First off, I could use a room to create a home office. I need one SO badly; my husband is so sick of my “office” being spread across the dining room table. Other than that, I would love a nice printer that copies, scans, and faxes.

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Morgan - Modern Mommyhood June 14, 2014 - 4:18 AM

I am in desperate need of a desk…so that’s for sure what I’d put the $100 gc towards! πŸ™‚

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Danielle June 14, 2014 - 4:51 AM

I know for me I added custom curtains from some Ikea fabric I bought, a leather recliner and shelving. I love my new office space.

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Melissa Coleman June 14, 2014 - 7:22 AM

Nice curtains is a great idea too.

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Lisa June 14, 2014 - 6:02 AM

I absolutely love that chair and need to get something that stylish and comfy in my office! Great giveaway too – thanks!

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Melissa June 14, 2014 - 6:45 AM

I love your office! I really need some new frames and lighting.

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amber.m June 14, 2014 - 7:22 AM

I could use decor items and some organization items.

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Deb www.debcb.com June 14, 2014 - 7:23 AM

I have nothing on my walls. Need some serious help!

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Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama June 14, 2014 - 9:12 AM

I could use a really comfortable chair and a lap desk that allows circulation. Maybe a side table with water and good light!

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Rosey June 14, 2014 - 10:03 AM

I like colorful office supplies. I miss having an office. And a paycheck. πŸ˜‰

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Debbie Denny June 14, 2014 - 11:51 AM

I really need new lamps. Well that is just one thing, need several things.

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Jennifer June 14, 2014 - 11:53 AM

My office is the kitchen table or couch right now :/ I can’t wait till we buy a bigger home so I can have a REAL office and decorate it the way I want

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michelle yozzo June 14, 2014 - 2:21 PM

For the most part I do my at home work at the kitchen table or at a very old rickety computer slider desk – I need a new computer / work area maybe with some pretty little sparkly items for inspiration πŸ™‚

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Jennifer S. June 14, 2014 - 12:26 PM

A lack of storage is my number one issue… To much clutter!

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Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. June 14, 2014 - 2:30 PM

Love the little touches and that pillow is ADORABLE!!!

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veronica June 14, 2014 - 2:56 PM

Cute makeover of your office. You did great!

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Beeb Ashcroft June 14, 2014 - 5:58 PM

I could use more furniture to spruce up my office, and maybe lumber for a partition – because of my house’s awkward layout, my office is kind of split up, with my filing cabinet and home gym in the same room and my computer desk (Where I do all my work) in my bedroom. The bedroom is the only room that’s really separated from the rest of the house, so if I moved it into my office/gym room, there would be a lot of through-traffic to the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room unless I put up a partition and add a door. So I still haven’t come up with a good solution yet! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Sadie B. June 14, 2014 - 8:40 PM

I need a few baskets for my desk and drawers.

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Stefanie Foote June 14, 2014 - 8:48 PM

I could use a new printer. My current one that is sitting beside me as I type is currently being used as a paper holder. In other words, it’s kaput.

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Laura MyNewestAddiction June 14, 2014 - 9:04 PM

I WANT THE PILLOW AND THE CHAIR. So cute.

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Jen Rodrigues June 14, 2014 - 9:06 PM

I need a new office desk with more storage.

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Colleen Boudreau June 14, 2014 - 9:29 PM

I need some organizing accessories.

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Dawn June 14, 2014 - 10:57 PM

I love the chair that you chose from Staples! Very pretty!

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Melissa Coleman June 15, 2014 - 6:57 AM

Thank you! It is really comfortable which to be honest I would have never thought to get a comfortable chair like that at Staples. They have them though. πŸ™‚

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Priscilla S. June 14, 2014 - 11:52 PM

I love that chair and pillow! I would definitely add some artwork and fresh flowers too. My office could use some sprucing up.

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Michelle Christopher June 15, 2014 - 7:32 AM

Great advice. I am working on my home office. I will probably include flowers (I love them anyway) because that will help me keep a happy mood while working. I didn’t realize Staples had furniture. I love the chair and pillow..

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michelle cavanaugh June 15, 2014 - 9:15 AM

Some organizational things to help get things in order

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Janeane Davis June 15, 2014 - 10:46 AM

I would like some more organizing tools for my home office desk area. I need some bins, bulletin boards and white boards as well.

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anita June 16, 2014 - 4:46 AM

I would put a few artworks and plants to spruce up the area.

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Christie June 16, 2014 - 5:25 AM

I love that throw pillow! Nice accents for a cozy office!

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Trisha June 16, 2014 - 6:59 AM

That chair is super cute! My office is full of the business stuff and kids stuff when they drag it in. It’ll be fun to decorate a nice place for me and my needs.

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Chelsee June 16, 2014 - 9:22 AM

Great tips !I am always in need of organization and sprucing up my home!

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mysweetiepiepie June 16, 2014 - 9:37 AM

An Atomic Bomb???

OK, maybe a new desk chair :+)

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Melissa Coleman June 16, 2014 - 10:47 AM

lol… right?

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Marina June 16, 2014 - 7:48 AM

I could use some organizers but to spruce up my office I really need a colorful throw!

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Liza @ Views From the 'Ville June 16, 2014 - 11:13 AM

Your office is so inviting! One way that I could (need to!) spruce up my home office is to make it a little more personal. I need to hang some pictures of the kiddos or some art or something. Right now all four walls are bare!

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mona June 16, 2014 - 11:32 AM

Some new picture frames

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krystalskitsch June 16, 2014 - 1:40 PM

I’m in the market for a new computer chair! I just got a new desk and need a flashy chair to match!

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Family Travel Blogger June 16, 2014 - 12:03 PM

Love that chair and pillow! Your office looks cozy and comfortable.

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Amy Desrosiers June 16, 2014 - 12:35 PM

I totally need a new office chair! I have to balance just right to use this one or I will fall off..sad.

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Dallas Parks June 16, 2014 - 5:09 PM

I could use this to get a more efficient printer, and the items I never realize I need until I look for them. Also, a chair thats not a wooden stool πŸ™‚ Recently for my return to school my fiancee converted our little closet into an amazing office for me. The project came out so great!

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brett June 16, 2014 - 8:41 PM

well, i have an office “corner” in the kitchen and that’s it. so it’s hard to spruce it up but oh, the things i could nad would do with space!

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Chelsea B. June 16, 2014 - 8:28 PM

My husband and I just started our own company so we could use organization. Mailing supplies, an extra chair, etc. If I won I’d have to get some fancy sticky notes too πŸ™‚

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Stacey b June 16, 2014 - 9:55 PM

I could use some cute shelves!

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Tracy Jones June 17, 2014 - 12:57 AM

I can really use a new office chair and some misc. office supplies.

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Karly June 17, 2014 - 9:44 AM

I would get a nice chair and some pretty cabinets!

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courtney b June 17, 2014 - 9:51 AM

probably some extra storage space ! i have papers everywhere and its a total mess

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kristine foley June 17, 2014 - 10:10 AM

I need some functional but beautiful decor pieces AND def a new office chair. Right now we are using one of our kitchen chairs! Thanks for the chance!

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Haley Faye June 17, 2014 - 10:14 AM

I could totally use a beautiful desk and some great picture frames!

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Ella June 17, 2014 - 10:15 AM

I currently am just starting out with blogging and my desk area could really use some new office supplies. I love decorating!

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Michelle J. June 17, 2014 - 5:07 PM

A shredder to help get rid of the paper piles!

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Melissa Coleman June 17, 2014 - 6:59 PM

Yes, we use our shredder a lot.

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Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom.) June 17, 2014 - 6:50 PM

I am a total office supply hoarder and Staples is my store of choice!

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Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly June 17, 2014 - 9:32 PM

To spruce up my home office I need to DECLUTTER! Aack, it’s a wreck right now!

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Melissa Coleman June 18, 2014 - 7:16 AM

Me too! We have everything off the walls so we could patch and touch up the paint before we move and I feel like everything is everywhere.

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Brandon Overton June 17, 2014 - 10:41 PM

Anything that leads to more organization!

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Kim Reid June 17, 2014 - 11:47 PM

I could use some bookcases for my office, thanks!

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Maren June 18, 2014 - 1:43 PM

Shelves, shelves, & more shelves!

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Shannon June 18, 2014 - 7:14 PM

I could use furniture or a printer. Thank you for this chance to win.

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Ashley Irby June 19, 2014 - 4:57 AM

Storage would be awesome! Can never have enough! πŸ˜›

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Kendra June 19, 2014 - 11:23 AM

I love cute office supplies πŸ™‚ I could seriously spend $100 on sharpies.

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Julie June 19, 2014 - 11:30 AM

a new lamp and some organizers thanks

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teresa koedyker June 19, 2014 - 11:35 AM

I need a lamp and somethings to help me organize. Thank you for the giveaway!

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Jeccica Simpson June 19, 2014 - 11:37 AM

Things to help organize, boxes, drawers etc..

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Elise @ Sunday Charm June 19, 2014 - 11:43 AM

Some great file folders!

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Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas June 19, 2014 - 12:05 PM

Off the top of my head, tell my 19 year old daughter it’s time to move out so I can have my office/craft room back. Don’t tell her I said that though. a fun bulletin board, a comfy chair. Lots of stuff after that happens.

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lesley June 19, 2014 - 12:07 PM

i am in the middle of turning a junk room into a crafting room so this would be awesome for organizing baskets and martha stewart products!!!

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barbara Adams June 19, 2014 - 12:27 PM

I need some nature…plants, fish…something

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Diana C June 19, 2014 - 12:31 PM

A new lamp for the desk. My desk could use a pop of color, too. So maybe some new colorful stationery.

Diana C

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Amy M. C. June 19, 2014 - 4:34 PM

I don’t have a dedicated office, so this would go towards ink cartridges and printer paper.

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Katie T June 19, 2014 - 4:48 PM

Cute containers and baskets….I can never seem to have enough of those!

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Kellybee June 19, 2014 - 7:33 PM

I am in desperate need of some desktop organizers-I don’t even have a pencil cup right now πŸ˜€ I just moved 2 months ago so to have some things to organize my home office space would be WONDERFUL!

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Brandi Price June 19, 2014 - 5:53 PM

We could definitely use another chair and filing cabinet and little stuff like a waste basket and pens and such.

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Jana June 19, 2014 - 6:12 PM

An idea board! I’m a very visual person, so if I “see” it, I’m much more likely to do it.

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Summer June 20, 2014 - 11:08 AM

Oh that chair looks so comfy! I definatley need something like that in myoffice!

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