10 tips to setting up a home office that inspires
Published on January 11, 2018
Does working from home conjure up images of being hunched over a laptop on a couch or sitting at a cluttered desk in the living room corner? It doesn’t have to be.
Whilst not having to commute is a great perk of home offices, the distractions can be endless. Here are 10 ways to carve out a home office that inspires even in the tiniest of apartments.
1. You don’t need a whole room:
Any area large enough to accommodate a desk and some storage will work fine. An unused closet would also make a great home office. What’s best, when you’re done working, simply close the doors!
2. Other must-haves:
You’ll need a good chair, so go in for an ergonomically-correct, comfortable one. You’ll also need enough space to store the inevitable clutter of paper that will accumulate and a filing cabinet.
3. Separate work and pleasure:
Clear away TV, game consoles, and any other distractions. Don’t blend your workspace with your personal space.
Removing clutter and organizing your work area will help you easily find the things you need when you’re beating deadlines or running late for a meeting. Clean your table and get control of the clutter before it takes over your workspace.
5. Decorate the walls:
The art you display can change the look and feel of your home office. Family photos, souvenirs from your last holiday or even a cheap pinboard with pictures and doodles will go a long way in enlivening the space.
6. Invest in good lighting:
Lighting will not only help make your home office look great, it will also keep you from straining your eyes and improve your mood. If you have extra space, get a floor lamp. Else, a wall mounted lamp will work just as well. Also, make sure to have curtains or blinds to control the amount of light that enters your home office.
7. Go green:
Studies show that plants in a workspace help reduce stress and increase productivity. Moreover, plants are cheap alternatives to giving your home office an instant refresh. If you do not have a green thumb, try getting cacti or succulents.
8. Paint the walls:
Ditch the office beige. Choose a bright color like orange or lime green or a calming hue like a botanical green.
9. Give yourself a view:
Make sure your desk faces something more interesting than a blank wall. A window’s natural light is ideal, but if you’re in a windowless space, hang a piece of framed art or a special photo – anything that will motivate you to work better and faster.
10. Hang a clock:
Whilst this may seem obvious when working from home, it’s easy to forget about time. Eventually, you’ll have to call it a day and your door to the office, so having a clock next to you will help you get more organized and make use of time more effectively.