Whether you work at home or in an office building, it is so important to create a workspace that will keep you inspired and energized week after week. Even if you’re not heading back to school this month, now is the perfect time to take a look around your work area and do some fine tuning. Have you been drinking the same coffee every morning for a year? Does everyone in your family photo look completely different now? Has the sweater you keep at your desk seen better days? It’s easy to overlook these items that we see daily, but it only takes a few minutes to make a quick upgrade or two!

Upgrade your photos – There are so many creative services online these days that will print your photos for you at a low price, so there’s no excuse for having faded, out of date photos on display! Personalize your workspace with your favorite family photos or Instagram snaps using sites like Artifact Uprising. If you just returned from a summer vacation (or are making a fun trip this long weekend) then frame a memento from your trip, like this graphic print of famous Tokyo buildings by studio esinam.

Upgrade your school supplies – Yes, I said school supplies. Because even though recess is no longer a part of my daily life, I still get giddy at the thought of sharpened pencils and blank notebooks. Especially during this time of year. You likely have standard pens and notepads at work, but that doesn’t mean you should limit yourself. If you still find writing a to-do list more satisfying on paper, then treat yourself to the good stuff, like these pencils and notebooks from Covet+Lou and this fun dish from Fine Life Co. Plus, they give your workspace more personality too.

Upgrade your morning cuppa – If caffeine is a staple in your workday, then make it one you enjoy. This coffee sampler from Food52 will keep your morning routine from growing repetitive. To make a single serve pourover use a coffee dripper like the ceramic Bee House Dripper. If you prefer tea then keep a variety of tea bags at your desk or a healthy snack to prevent you from reaching for chips or sweets throughout the day.

Upgrade your blanket – If you suffer from arctic air conditioning, then you may have learned by now to keep a sweater or blanket at your desk. I’ve seen people use everything from hoodies to Snuggies at work, and the truth is this may be the one item your coworkers see you in the most – so make it something you love! We tend to keep our best throws at home in the living room, but there’s a high chance you will get even more use out of it at work. This Peruvian alpaca throw from The Citizenry is lightweight and sure to keep you warm all year, and if you’re skilled in the art of wrapping you can probably find at least 5 different ways to wear it.

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  1. 1
    Vanessa @ Living in Steil September 4, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I’m always adding pieces to my home office. I love small dishes with inspirational sayings, fun pens, and notebooks to jot down drafts and keep my to-do list in. That Bee House Dripper looks like it will be a welcome addition to my office this fall!


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    Addie September 4, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Love these home office upgrade suggestions, especially the one about swapping old photos for more current ones. Need to get on this!

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    Jess September 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I’m ready to upgrade to that alpaca throw! Brrr.

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    Gillian September 4, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I, too, am a firm believer that you don’t need to be in school to refresh your work supplies come September! I never thought to keep a blanket on hand though, such a great idea especially now that we’re heading into cooler months. That alpaca throw looks pretty perfect!

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    xoxobellablog September 5, 2015 at 12:22 am

    I love the office ideas! I bringing new photos into my house


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    Casey @ House by the Bay September 9, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I love your photos – I really need to update my office 🙂

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    Kelly September 10, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Simple but really effective ideas! Lovely space.