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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.

4. Declutter:

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.

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