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things every home office needs Jennifer Allwood Ideas

I’ve been working from home for 17+ years, first running my decorating painting business from home with kids on my hips, and then my online creative business coaching the last 5 years. I am lucky to have a dedicated office space in my new home, which I recently revealed to you here in this blog post.  (I am even luckier to have a second space dedicated to a craft room, which you can see here.)

Cobalt Blue Desk Jennifer Allwood - The Magic Brush

If you followed me on Instagram (@jenniferallwood) you saw I was having some major cable and cord drama. (See photo above). So between that and my turtle pace of decorating, it took me quite some time to finally reveal my home office.  Add instantly so many of you were asking me specifically HOW I was able to store everything AND get rid of the endless amounts of computer cords. Over the years I have learned how to work more efficiently in my home work space, so I know what works for me and what doesn’t. And let me tell you, I cannot work in a messy office!

So if you’re considering revamping your home office space, I must share with you the six things every home office needs. This is the practical stuff, my friends. But I know you’ll go nuts over it, because it’s #reallife.

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5 Things Every Home Office Needs


1. Hidden Trash.

Because paper and snacks. Enough Said.

things every home office needs Jennifer Allwood - hidden trash

2. A place to hide all of the electronics.

I have a dedicated lower cabinet where I can house my router and desktop tower.

things every home office needs Jennifer Allwood Storage for Computer


3. A way to hide allllllll the cords.

All of mine are now going through a hole in my built-in desk, right behind my monitors and they are going down toward my feet where no one can see.  I know I work better in a space that looks better. And so having things out like cords and trash don’t make me feel pretty, and doesn’t make me want to work well! So I had to hide those.

things every home office needs Jennifer Allwood hole for cables


4. Filing Cabinets.

For anyone trying to run a business from home, you NEED a place to store your files (and paint decks.)

things every home office needs Jennifer Allwood Storage files

things every home office needs Jennifer Allwood Storage


5. A good chair.

Because even creative entrepreneurs have a lot of ton of desk work and ergonomics are important. Might as well be cute too. (In my case, mine is furry. Find it here. )


Office Chair Jennifer Allwood


things every home office needs Jennifer Allwood hole for cables

Bonus: Good Lighting

Ideally it would be great to have good lighting over all, including good sunlight AND good task lighting. I use this little light I clip above my desk to get the best lighting for my Facebook Lives.  (For more of my favorite and highly-recommended business tools, go here where I’ve listed them alllll.)



I’ve curated some of my home office decorating items for you here! Plus I share more of my comfy glam-style decor in my Amazon Influencer Store here.


I hope this helps you if you work from home too!

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