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    Design An Ideal Home Working Environment

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    Many of us are working from home these days, and it looks as if this trend is set to continue for quite a while. If you are working from home a lot, or you intend to be doing so in the near future, there are a few things you’ll need to make sure of to ensure that you get it right and you are able to accommodate it. Most importantly, you’ll have to have the working environment in place to do so. Let’s take a look at how you can design such a space and what decisions may need to go into it. *This post contains affiliate links.

    Picking The Right Spot

    Perhaps the most important element of all is actually figuring out where the office is going to be located in the home. This needs to be chosen carefully, and you will probably be balancing a few things at once here in order to get it right. It should be out of the way enough that you will not be disturbed, and you might even consider sound proofing as well.  A spot with sunshine can help keep the work blues away too!

     

    Finding Some Furniture

    You may already have some furniture in the home that you can use, or you might decide that you want to actually find some new items instead. But in either case, this is something that you are going to want to think about, and it’s vital that you are doing all you can to get hold of a few choice pieces that are going to help decorate the space while also making it functional as a working environment. Find some beautiful furniture that you are happy to use in your office, then accessorize to make it your own!

    This gorgeous office space by Thistlewood Farms would make working seem less like a chore.

     

    Thinking About Storage

    Depending on the nature of your work, you may or may not need a great deal of storage. This is something that you will want to be aware of, however, because it’s really important to prioritize organization, otherwise you might struggle to concentrate on work. Storage doesn’t have to cost a lot. For example, you can get creative and use baskets or crates for coralling books and office supplies.  Having a clean and beautiful office or work environment in your own home will  help you design an ideal working environment you will actually enjoy using!

     

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    Do you have an dedicated office space in your house or even a dedicated area in your home for working? I would love to hear about your spaces too.

     

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    Four Home Emergencies That Need An Expert To Save The Day

    Hello and welcome back to another post in my Home Ownership 101 Series! While we like to DIY most of our projects around here, there are certain times when you simply must call the experts in. While it may seem expensive at first, the amount of money, time and headache your can save by allowing someone else to do the job can often be well worth it. Read more

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    Home Improvement 101: Four Ways to Be a Better Homeowner

     

    If you own a home then you know it can require a lot of hard work on your part to keep it looking nice. I never realized how much there is to do until we bought a second home and were renovating it while trying to get our current home fixed up to put on the market and at times it was quite overwhelming!

    Of course everyone gets a little overwhelmed with the tasks involved with home ownership, but putting them off can lead to problems down the road.  Here are  four ways to be a better homeowner so you can keep up with all the important tasks and to-dos. 

    • Know What You Can & Can’t DIY

    You may be someone who enjoys doing things yourself around the house. This is a positive but you should also know your limits and when to call the pros. For example, you may be able to replace a light fixture or fix a broken floorboard on your own. However, a task such as annual furnace maintenance should be left up to the experts. They know what they are doing and can handle the tune-up process for you to avoid any complications. It’s all about understanding what is feasible for you to fix and knowing when it’s best to reach out and contact a pro in the area.

    • Keep Up with Repairs

    You can be a better homeowner by keeping up with repairs. You don’t want to let necessary fixes go for too long. Otherwise, you risk the issue getting worse and have a bigger problem on your hands down the road. Go around your home to take inventory and make note of what needs your attention the most. After you make a list you can start to prioritize and budget properly for the repairs that need to be done. Your home will look better and will be a safer place to live when you are good about keeping up with necessary fixes.

    • Makes Updates & Upgrades

    You want to be able to enjoy the home you are living in currently. It’s also possible that you are going to want to sell it in the near future and move. Therefore, consider putting some more effort into making necessary updates and upgrades. Some of the most important rooms to focus on are the kitchen and bathrooms. Making upgrades to these rooms will add value to your home and you’re likely to get a return on your investment. Now might also be a good time to think about putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls.

    • Reach Out to Your Neighbors

    You’re also going to have to deal with having neighbors in most cases as a homeowner. You can be a better homeowner by reaching out to your neighbors and being more friendly toward them. You never know when you will need a helping hand from them. It’s also good to look out for each other and watch over your properties for any suspicious behavior, especially when you are gone on vacation. You’ll enjoy living in your home more when you get to know those around you. 

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