Given the current state of affairs, more and more people are working from home. This includes my husband and yours truly. With such a sudden shift in work environment, it's important to create an inspiring home office. Here are some tips to get you started:
1) Location, location, location.
Identify the best place in your home to have your home office. Keep in mind, I didn't say ROOM. It doesn't have to be a full room. As long as it's a space that isn't a dumping ground for toys, junk, and the like, you're off to a good start. You also want to keep in mind easy access to an outlet to keep your computer and cell phone charged up and ready to use.
2) What do you need?
Nail down the items that will make working from home easier. If you need to block out noise, consider a white noise machine or noise-cancelling headphones. If you print to print out and scan a lot of documents, consider an all-in-one printer.
3) Comfort is key!
It is so important to have a desk chair you'll be able to sit in for multiple hours a day. You don't have to stick with a traditional office chair, either. A beautiful accent chair that doubles as your desk chair can work wonders.
4) Light up your life!
Lighting is so important when setting up your home office. Access to natural light is ideal - you can also get inspiration from what's outside your window! However, if you're unable to set up shop near a good natural light source, make sure you add some lighting options. A good desk lamp or table lamp is a good start. There are some fun options you can mount to the wall if actual desk real estate is at a premium.
5) Clear the clutter!
Identify what physical items you need to make yourself fully operational (i.e. office supplies, snacks, etc.) and determine a good storage option for them. It may be within the drawers of your desk, some baskets, or a few decorative boxes with lids.
Also remember that vertical space is a prime spot for storing items. Think pegboards, metal grids, and floating shelves.
If you don't have access to a space that will allow for vertical space, baskets, etc., consider a caddy you can store everything in and easily move when needed. This can be something that lives on your workspace, or something on wheels to roll around.
This is also a good time to figure out how much paperwork you really to have physically living in your office space. Are there documents that can live digitally instead? There are lots of options out there like DropBox and Google Docs to store what you need access to.
6) Add in the inspiration.
Here comes the fun part! This is where you add those finishing touches that will make your home office truly yours. Some ideas include:
- Family Photos
- Framed inspirational quote
- Fun calendar
- Cool clock
- A vision board
- Scented Candle
- Books anchored by unique bookends
Now that you have some ideas to start from, I'll be featuring some wishlist items throughout the week that tie into each tip I've shared. Stay tuned!
- Angela :)