Hello everyone! This year with the lockdown many of us will be working from home either full-time or part-time. While I started out blogging from my comfy recliner, my business has grown and I am now in the need of a designated home office space. In addition, I will also be probably be teaching online off and on from home this year, so in the next month or so I have decided to clear the clutter in my craft room and change it into a stylish and functional home office. Here are some tips I have come across as I have been planning my home office project. *This post contains affiliate links and/or sponsored content.
1. Create A Designated Workspace
The thought of working from the sofa or bed for a day or two may sound like heaven. When working from home on a long-term basis, though, you need a spot to call your office. Converting a guest room or garage to an office would be perfect. Alternatively, though, a well-organized space in the conservatory or dining room will serve you well. It’s a place to keep your possessions organized while also becoming a big mind tool. When entering this part of the home, you’ll be in work mode.
#2. Remove Distractions
When the home doubles up as your workspace, you need to separate the two aspects of your life. Therefore, eradicating daily distractions is a key issue to consider. Daily household tasks cannot stand in the way of productivity. Cleaning services, for example, are an investment to aid your work and home life.
Perhaps more importantly, you need family members to support your career. It’s better for them to let you get on rather than prolong your shift by bringing up unnecessary disruptions.
3. Focus On Comfort
As a worker, it’s very hard to stay productive when the surroundings are uncomfortable. First and foremost, then, you must ensure that the heating and air conditioning unit is in good health. It’s also necessary to ensure that enough natural light enters the room you’re working. Otherwise, your energy and motivation may slide. You can make the home workspace feel even better by introducing family photos and other sentimental items. Comfortable flooring should also be considered. Experts like GS Flooring can install a carpet that delivers luxury and style without losing the office vibe.
If you have the space for a comfy chair or loveseat or daybed, then take full advantage of little breaks throughout the day to stretch and relax. This will do wonders for your health and well-being. Meanwhile, a good music speaker system will provide the perfect backdrop for work sessions
Don’t forget that your home office doesn’t have to look like a “work” area. It can be the perfect space to play around with stylish interior design concepts. If your home is neutral overall but you want just one room with a splash of color, then paint your office a bright color and have fun with experimenting with playful decor.
4. Find Extra Storage
Nothing seems to cause more stress in the work atmosphere than unorganized clutter. Unfortunately, working from home makes this a far more likely outcome. Investing in cloud storage services and paperless interactions can reduce your paper usage. Traditional filing cabinets, book cases and other types of shelving units can be used to create stylish and effecient organization.
Opting for laptops and tablets rather than bulky desktops can also help. Similarly, a wall-mounted screen for video conferencing will help, and can deliver big upgrades compared to using a standard setup.
5. Think About Energy Usage
If your home is going to be used for business endeavors, it’s likely that your energy consumption will increase. Therefore, some of the supplies you use and a portion of your utilities may be tax deductivle. While it may be possible for some utilities to become tax-deductible, there is no excuse to waste energy, so consider eco-friendly updates like LED lighting.
Good lighting is especially crucial in the home office space, as working on a computer all day in poor light is bad for your eyes. Experts like VeluxUSA can complete a skylight installation if your home office is in the attic. Plants can also help purify the air in your office and brighten up the space overall. A greener home office is a happier and healthier office!
Do you have a designated work space or office area in your home? Are you working more from home during the pandemic? I love hearing from you, dear readers!
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