During times like these it’s more important than ever to have a designated at home work space. More of us are working from home than ever before and while working from your kitchen table or what you claim to be your ‘home office,’ it doesn’t actually work.
The trick is to find the balance of home comforts and work productivity. Having a space that breaths both of those into life is oh so important. Studies have shown how the space you work from and the way it makes you feel dictates your daily productivity and overall attitude. I am a firm believer in this! My cubicle life with the 80s style mauve carpet walls literally sucked the life out of me. Moving into a new space that breathed life into my day changed my attitude and therefore changed my day.
Let’s look at a few ways you can easily and affordably change your own home office. All or maybe just one of these might be fitting to what you need!
Refresh Your Walls
Paint can make a world of a difference! Whether it a fresh coat of the same color or a total flip. The feeling of a fresh and clean wall can change it all for you. This is also such a low cost way to change a room. I chose the white crisp look. Clean and airy does well for me with an office and keeps me inspired during the winter months when there is less sunshine.
Get Rid of the Junk
Everything piles up and it piles up so dang quick! What do you actually need? In a world of computers, how much of the extra stuff do you really need? Think through those details. Don’t add things because an office is ‘suppose to have them.’ What do YOU NEED? Likely you don’t need a roll of scotch tape or a 30 pens. Don’t be afraid to toss or donate the things that are not beneficial to you.
Create a System
You know your work best. Do you need location for papers? Do you need a working on and done pile? Give those things a home. When you give things a space to call home, then you keep your system, are more productive and when you are looking for things…. you actually know where they are! Just because this is a home office doesn’t mean it shouldn’t function like a REAL office. Make your space work for you and know where things go.
Add Greenery/ Florals/ Something Living
Adding something living makes spaces feel alive, fresh and clean. Studies have shown that adding greenery to your work space help you concentrate longer and that people actually want to show up to those spaces! Wild, right!? Adding something to your desk or workspace that’s green and beautiful can go a long way. Even a bouquet of grocery store flowers would do the trick!
Seek Out Natural Light
Even if you have a dark and moody space, you don’t want to feel like you are in a dungeon. Natural light inspires mental energy. Seek it out and figure out how it inspires you! How does your home sit? How can you maximize the daylight based on your home? Lets the natural light in and choose a space that allows the natural light to bring life to the space.
Organize/ Give Everything a Home
Outside of our work systems, your work things need homes too, all the way down to your coffee cup and cables. These are the things that make and office feel messy really quickly and now that its in your home, you get to see it all the live long day. No walking away like you did before and forgetting about it for the evening. Give it all a home. Get a coaster for your coffee mug to rest on. Get a box for your cables to go in (think phone charger, HDMI, USB, etc.).
Get Desk Accessories That Suit Your Needs (and makes you happy)
The thing that makes me the happiest in an office is low lighting. I looooooove lamp style lighting on a desk rather than an over head. Overhead lights make me feel blahhhh (add to my hatred of cubicle life). Adding a lamp or wall sconces are my jam! What makes you happy and suits your needs? A pretty notebook? Pens? The options on endless.
I love art. Art goes a long way. I believe that a space that is visually appealing and beautiful inspires your day and your attitude. In my cubicle life, I tried my hardest to make the ugly as beautiful as I could. I thrive in beautiful spaces. Find art that you love and hang it on your walls!
Create an Office Nook
With so many people working from home, you could have a full house now! Let’s be serious, we don’t have enough space in our houses for 3 extra offices. That means we have to get creative. An office can be shared (but create your own space within) or you can carve out a nook in your own home that can be your designated office space so you are not floating from kitchen table to couch to bed and feel like your life is in chaos. This can be in a hallway, a corner of a bedroom, a closet, you pick! Just don’t feel the pressure to make it big and grand, little and quaint is perfect too!
Rearrange Your Current Furniture
Just because you need an office doesn’t mean you have to go out and spend gobs of money on a whole new office. Sometimes you just need a rearrangement… Remember, not all furniture has to be pushed against the walls. Move things around to find a flow that is both visually appealing and practical! Do you work best facing outdoors? Do you need to keep an eye on your doors (ie kiddos running in)? Do you need to look at a wall to keep you focused (basically the outdoor hustle or seeing your doors open and close distract you)? Find out what works for you and rearrange accordingly!