For many of us, working from home has become the new normal. For some, this is a completely new concept that comes with learning curves. As appealing as it may seem to set up in your bed, your couch, or with your television nearby, you may actually find having a dedicated area to work helps not only with your productivity but allows you to leave “work mode” more easily when the day is done. Having a home office that is not only functional, but stylish as well, can help you not only be more productive, but happy with this new lifestyle.
- Location - If you don’t have a dedicated office or study to use, get creative and think outside the box. Turn a closet into a charming office nook, rearrange your living room to fit a small workspace or turn a corner of your bedroom into your new headquarters. If you have a dedicated space, try positioning the desk in the middle of the room and add some chairs or a bench on the opposite side for a refined feel and to accommodate any office guests (or your spouse when you need a break).
- Desk debate - Ditch the typical “office desk” idea, there isn’t always a need for bulky office desks with unnecessary paper file storage - most files are digital these days anyway. Don’t feel like you need to buy a specific office desk for your workspace because any type of table will suffice! Pull in a craft table, console table, entry table, industrial table, any rectangular multi-purpose table - get creative. Make sure to get yourself a comfortable chair, but even a cozy dining room chair will do!
- Greenery - There are many benefits to adding plants to your work area. Adding liveliness to your new workspace is known to reduce stress, increase creativity, productivity, and focus. Office plants can also boost your mood and improve your overall perception of the space, which makes those long hours a little more bearable.
- Add personality - Add mementos that inspire you daily. Stylish art pieces, your favorite vase, photos, a pin board, even a scent helps the space feel more intimate. Rotate in new pieces every so often to keep your office feeling fresh and to help keep you mindful.
- Make a statement - add a bold light fixture above your desk, a patterned rug or statement wall (textured wallpaper, reclaimed wood, etc.). Even something as simple as a coat of paint can have a dramatic impact not just on the space but your overall mood as well.
As we all settle in to our new routines of working from home, it is important to remember you are more than just a worker. Your home office should reflect the same passion and energy you bring to your job day in and day out. You’ll see a major boost in your mood and productivity because your office shows off the true you. Let your office shine with your vibe!