The best home office ideas
So by now we have all probably come to terms with the fact that we will be working from home during the lock-down period in order to contribute to flattening the curve of the spread of COVID-19.
For some, this might be nothing new, but for others, working from home is a whole new challenge on a different level.
We are here to help! Here are five tips to create a home office that you would actually enjoy working in instead of just using your dining room table.
#1- Don't use your dining room table
I’m not kidding! Even if you are pressed for space in your home, find a quiet corner or room where you can set up a work station or home office, away from the TV, away from the kitchen and away from other distractions.
Your brain makes associations between spaces and their functions. If you use your dining room table or bed as a desk, your brain cannot distinguish between work and home -life and you will have trouble switching off.
To maintain a healthy work-life balance, it is important that you have a dedicated space where you can work undisturbed and “close the door” at the end of the work day.
A dedicated office space will also help you be more productive as it creates an area where you can have all the resources you need to do your work, grouped together.
#2 - Make it comfortable (and beautiful!)
Your home office is the hub where you spend a significant amount of your day, so comfort is key.
If you don’t have one yet, invest in a good, ergonomic office chair. Pair the chair with a footrest to alleviate some of the pressure on your back.
Buy some furniture that you love and that goes with the rest of the furniture in your house. It doesn’t have to be an office desk in order to function as a desk. You can buy any table you like or up-cycle an old table and turn it into a desk. Just make sure the table you use, is at a height comfortable for you.
Set up your laptop at a comfortable level, use your extra keyboard and screen if you have those.
Make sure the lighting is at a comfortable level – add a desk lamp if there is not enough natural light.
#3 - Optimise your space
If you have very limited space available to set up your home office, be sure to make optimum use of the space you have.
Create extra storage space by utilising all available vertical space as well. Mount some shelves on the wall and put up a pin board or magnetic white board where you can make notes and pin up paperwork.
Make sure you have storage to organise and store all your documents and other items so it doesn’t clutter up your desk.
Organise your drawers with dividers and containers to keep it neat and tidy.
#4 - A little colour goes a long way
Why not bring your favourite colour into your home office space?
You can do this by painting a wall in an accent colour, hanging some art that you love on the wall, buying accessories and stationery in a colour you love or colour coding all your files.
Your home office should be everything you love and want it to be, so if your favourite colour is neon pink – go for it!
#5 - Invite nature in
I am a firm believer that indoor plants make us happier. Plants bring some element of nature into our homes, purifies the air, gives you something pretty to look at and has a calming effect.
Don’t worry if you are one of those people who cannot even keep a succulent alive – I am one of those people myself. Artificial plants will also do the trick (except for the purifying the air part).
Or you can consider air plants which really only needs good light and a spritz of water every now and then (if you remember).