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    26 Small Tips To Make Your Home Office Look So Much Better

    Even if your couch is functioning as the home office.

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    1. Tuck stray cords outta the way with cable clip organizers because there's no need to see OR trip over the your phone charger cord every time you stand up to fill up your glass of water.

    close up of mountable cable clips
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The perfect solution for the wire clutter on my home office desk. I have quite a bit of computer peripherals and other electronics and heretofore, I had no effective wire and cable management system...that is, until I discovered these little beauties. Did not have high expectations because of disappointments with similar products in the past. I was pleasantly surprised at the difference these made in my home office. All my wires are neatly organized and tucked away out of sight. No more mess. It now looks organized and more productive." —Big E

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.95.

    2. While we're on the subject of cords, mask your power strip in a sleek (but ventilated!) box because of course your home office is in the room that only has one outlet. This'll also help deter pets and kids from messing with the cords. Or at least a bit.

    before pic of a messy cable strip then after of the box containing the same power strip but looking much neater
    Amazon

    Promising review: "A must-buy product for your messy home or office. Exactly what I was looking for to help save space and hide my cable cords." —Andrew Olson

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99. Check out an option that'll blend in with wood floors.

    3. Soften up a hard office chair with a faux-sheepskin rug that'll also hide all sorts of coffee stains. You and I both know it's a random chair no one else uses anyway and *that's* why it's your office chair. (No shame in that.)

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    Promising review: "I wanted a soft feminine touch for my home office and this was perfect. And it makes the chair extra cozy too. Great find!" —Liz4christ

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98+ (available in a four colors).

    4. Tidy up a modem-y mess by hiding it behind a bookish disguise as a decorative touch that's more useful than anyone could expect. It's super strategic of you to work closely to the Internet access but it isn't quite fitting your aesthetics.

    before pic of modems out in the open and then after pic of row of faux books hiding the modem
    Covogoods / Etsy

    Get it from Covogoods on Etsy for $21+ (available in a variety of colors and sizes).

    5. Liven things up a bit with a colorful keyboard cover that'll *also* serve as some insurance for some in-the-middle-of-writing-an-email coffee spill.

    blue key keyboard cover
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in eight color combos).

    6. Or if you're more of a minimalist, keep a jar of cleaning goo handy that'll help get down in between keyboard keys and erase the woes of that grilled cheese you ate for lunch.

    person using the cleaning goo to get in between keyboard keys
    Amazon

    You can also use it on surfaces like car vents, speakers, screens, cameras, etc. JUST NOTE that you should use it to press to clean. Don't leave it on a surface and walk away because gravity will let it sink into grooves and make a mess.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.77.

    7. Buy yourself (literally) some extra book storage space with these floating bookshelves as straight-up compliment bait. Chatting about that bestseller within your Zoom meeting view just may make for the least awkward small talk while you wait for everyone to join the meeting.

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    If you have an oddly shaped room you can find some stylish solace in these rather than a standing bookshelf that'll hog precious floor space.

    Promising review: "These are so much fun! We ordered the small size, which fits standard hardback books (approximately five to seven hardbacks in my experience). They're a great way to add some extra storage to our very small home, and we've placed them in our hallway so people ask us about them all the time. I'd highly recommend!" —LaBuenaVidaMere

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in a set of three and two sizes).

    8. Zhuzh up that (essential box of tissues) with a minimalist tissue box cover that'll bring some whimsy to your WFH setup. I have this and just love it!

    house-shaped white square tissue box cover on a stack of books
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    That is my nightstand. I love this thing! Plus I've been known to hide a tissue box because, let's be honest, they're all ugly. I've been on the receiving end of some snotty payback as a result. No more! Also I know it's a very small thing but it makes me very happy.

    Promising review: "Since I am a broke 31-year-old this was the only house I can afford. Plus it helps hide the tissues I use to cry in every night." —Lizbanta

    Get it from Amazon for $4.59+ (also available in blue or gray).

    9. Create a sense of space (or mask water stains on a hand-me-down desk) with a reversible waterproof desk mat to turn most any table into your WFH space. Plus it just looks so nice!

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    Promising review: "I'm an art teacher, and working from home during the coronavirus outbreak was going to put a lot of strain on my wood desk (which I keep mostly for show but now am forced to use for work). I ordered this desk pad because mint green is my favorite color, and I wanted something to protect my desk from paint and other art supplies. It arrived today, and it was so cute! It's exactly what I wanted. It's thin enough not to add too much bulk to the desk, the color is so fun, and it wipes off easily. I love that it's reversible, too, so I'll probably use one side for making tutorial videos for my classes and the other for when I'm painting. I was worried that it wouldn't lie flat because it came rolled up, but it lay flat immediately. And it came with a cute little belt in case I need to roll it back up again and store it!" —Jill S

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two sizes and six color combinations).

    10. Put down a cozy area rug with a low pile that'll still let your office chair scoot around as needed. Having a nice home office setting will help spike that cup of ambition on your commute from the kitchen to the (home) office.

    off white rug with black X design on it
    Boutique Rugs

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for $34.12+ (available in five sizes, in a black version).

    11. Designate an area for notes with a monitor memo board so your desktop doesn't turn into a patchwork of sticky notes. Cute for a quilt, not for your workspace.

    Clear plastic memo board attached to a computer monitor with a photo, three sticky notes and a lip with a cell phone on it
    Amazon

    Plus, there's a hole at the bottom so you can plug in your phone!

    Promising review: "I love my memo board! I was able to attach it to my computer monitor with no issues, and after weeks of use, it still remains securely attached. The materials are sturdy-feeling, no bending or warping of any kind. I've got all my important reminders on it, which has been super helpful and keeps me from missing any important deadlines. I've also been able to write on it with a dry erase marker, and then wipe it off with a tissue. Many of my coworkers have commented on how useful it seems and have said they would be purchasing their own." —razorsharp77

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in four styles).

    12. Plus a glass dry-erase desktop whiteboard for the really important notes. *Oh* and it contains a drawer to help with tidying.

    The dry erase board with the words "Isn't this fabulous?!!!" written out on it
    amazon.com

    The whiteboard also comes with a dry-erase marker, accessory channel (to hold the marker), and a storage drawer.

    Promising review: "Never thought something analog would be SO useful in my daily routine. I work from home and am constantly project managing multiple complex strategic projects. Having pertinent information directly in front of me and top of mind has done incredible things for my productivity. Never would have imagined it would make such a difference. For a nominal investment, I highly recommend it if you have trouble keeping up with things."—Captainflapjax

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in five colors and patterns).

    13. Invest in a faux houseplant you can just admire without having to worry about actually taking care of it. Let's concentrate on your water intake.

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    Promising review (for the faux fiddle-leaf fig): "Awesome quality! Less expensive than purchasing in store. Perfect height for what I needed. I purchased the basket from Amazon as, well. Everyone compliments this plant when they come over!" —Ashley McTaggart

    Promising review (for the succulents): "My husband absolutely loved these. I bought them to decorate his work office. I was going for a zen vibe...especially since he is in a high stress/military position. He says everyone that comes in his office loves it. They look so realistic. No one believes they are fake...they have to touch them to believe it." —Keonnie

    Get them from Amazon: faux fiddle-leaf fig for $27.90+ (available in four sizes) or the set of six faux succulents for $15.99

    14. Swap out that random souvenir sports game cup for an insulated water bottle or a motivational water bottle so you can stay hydrated while looking a little more put-together when you've gotta take a sip on a video meeting.

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    Idk about you, but when WFH I sometimes forget to take enough water breaks!

    Promising review (for the insulate bottle): "Wow! To test this, I filled with ice. Over 24 hours later still all ice, no ice had melted. 48 hours, some ice had melted but not much. Since then I have been using this while working outside. Very durable, it has powder coating which makes it easy to hold without being slippery. I love that it comes with a gulp lid as well as a flip top straw, two straws and a straw-cleaning brush. You will not be disappointed with this bottle. Also, both lids have an attached handle for easy portability." —Jennifer

    Promising review: "This is the best water bottle. I was honestly surprised with the quality. It has some sort of coating on the bottle that make it feel really nice. There a clip on the handle that I use to slide my keys onto while I’m working out. There’s also a strap to help you hold it. I haven’t had it long enough to see if the lettering can get etched off, but so far so good. Update: I’ve have this for about six months and it’s still in really good condition!" —kaylajean

    Get them from Amazon: insluated water bottle for $21.99+ (available in 2 sizes and 23 color combos) or time-marked water bottle for $15.99 (available in 11 color combos)

    15. Stick on a hidden drawer to buy yourself some extra space within reach for the stuff you only need to have on hand sometimes.

    Closeup of a small rectangular drawer under a desk with assorted pens and an eraser inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The adhesive is VERY strong, adheres to my desk perfectly. I figured it could eventually weaken due to the pop-out action; however, that was not the case still as sturdy as the day I got it. I love it, and I recommend it to anyone who needs a small drawer to keep pens and small desk items in." —Niko

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in pink and blue).

    16. Create a spot for reminders with a cute desk calendar that'll help you remember which day is which.... "It's a day that ends in -y, so I'm wearing sweatpants."

    desk calendar with a succulent motif
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $10.59.

    17. Park your trusty headphones on a desktop stand while not in use. No hunting for them later!

    minimalist black headphone stand
    Amazon

    This stand is on my desk rn! And I adore it. It gets the job done without hogging too much space.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    18. Or clamp on an under-desk hook so your headphone storage won't take up any desk space.

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    Promising review: "This thing is perfect. My boyfriend's vintage metal desk has solid sides instead of legs, but does have a small lip where the top hangs over the sides. Since these holders are mostly designed for desks with empty space below, I had to search through a million to find one which didn't require so much depth for the tension screw. Finally found this one and it works great! Seems sturdy, super easy installation, pretty low profile but will still hold a large clunky headset." —Candace Riotta

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    19. Stick a motivational sticker (with some actual decent advice) on your laptop or somewhere you can constantly see it as a colorful reminder.

    hand holding up a colorful sticker that says "progress over perfection"
    GirlPartyShop / Etsy

    Get it from GirlPartyShop on Etsy for $4.

    20. Free up some space with a printer stand that'll fit underneath your desk...or just about anywhere that isn't taking up space on your desk.

    A two-tier shelf with a printer on the top shelf and a stack of paper on the bottom shelf under a desk
    Amazon

    Plus, it has anti-skid pads so it will stay in place and can hold up to 44 pounds.

    Promising review: "We were looking for a stand for our printer as our computer desk is rather small. This fits our printer and allows for extra storage room underneath. It was easy to assemble and is very sturdy. The anti-skid feet keep it in place, but it can still be moved around with a little effort." —Jjoslin

    Get it from Amazon for $35.98.

    21. Invest in a selfie ring light to make sure you have the optimal amount of light for all those meetings that are now video meetings.

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    This ring light has three color modes: warm light, cool white, and daylight. Plus, each mode has 11 brightness levels, so you can really customize it to whatever works best for you. The tripod extends from 17.5 inches to 51 inches and it's weighted!.

    Promising review: "Due to the pandemic and mostly working from home, we have to rely on using virtual meeting, such as Zoom. The lighting in my room/office isn't that great, and my face would always look dark in the videos. So I decided to get a selfie ring to see if it helps to lighten up my face on cam. It definitely did the trick. The size of the ring is perfect and the tripod can but set on the floor or on the table which is quite nice. Would recommend to those who needs extra lighting. Only thing is that it has to be plugged in to a USB port instead of a traditional plug, which I think would of been more convenient if there were that options available! My team even asked what I did and then made their purchase right away!" —Patrick.S

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    22. Park stuff you want within reach on an adjustable wood shelf for a lovely, but useful, display.

    The shelf in black with books organized in two shelves on the right and small plants, a clock, and other trinkets in shelves on the left
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I needed some extra shelf space for my home office, especially now that we are working from home for the rest of the year. This was so so simple to set up and holds everything I need without any issues. You can also assemble it as you please which is a great feature!" —Tali1990

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in four colors).

    23. If you're working with a bookshelf, file away papers in an expanding file folder that'll hold up to 200 pieces of paper.

    purple accordion folder with smiley face being pulled from bookshelf
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 10 colors).

    24. If you're shelf-less, mount a hanging set of rainbow folders so you can quickly grab items as you need them. Plus it'll make for a cheery pop of color!

    organizer hanging on wall
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This hanging folder set is EXACTLY what I've been needing. I ripped the calendar off the wall and put it right up the moment I got it. It immediately went to good use and cleared up my cluttered desk full of various paperwork. Love the color-coded folders. Although I was worried about how flimsy it might be, it seems sturdy and well made." —Karen

    Get it from Amazon for $10.30.

    25. Or if you can spare a little bit of floor space, get a rolling cart – it can hold all sorts of odds and ends, even the ones you use once in a blue moon.

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    Promising review: "I have this as extra storage in my office. I love that it rolls so I can run it around when i need it. This was so easy to put together, and is sturdy. When you're seated, it is at a very convenient height to grab off of." —Pugwump

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    26. And if you still don't have a proper desk (relatable!) a wall-mounted cabinet with a fold down desk large enough for a laptop will give you a designated spot without hogging too much space.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I always wanted to have a private office in the staff dormitory. However, the space is too small for the table. So I bought this wall mounted table. It has multiple storage spaces, and I can put some office supplies in it. With folding design, it can also provide me with private space. This is a table specially designed for a small space. People who have the same needs as me should buy it." —danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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