When you work from home, it is important to differentiate between your home space and your working space. The easiest way to do this is to make sure that you have a designated office to work in, away from the distractions of the rest of the house. Of course, not everyone is lucky enough to have an entire room to devote to their business, in fact, some have to make do with just a desk in the corner of the room.
But, no matter whether you are short on space or you have lots of it, there are a variety of ways that you can try and create the ideal working environment for you.
POSITIVE VIBES ONLY
When you are shut away in your office, or sat at your desk, it is easy to forget about your family and those other people who live in the house with you. Not only can a picture frame help you to remember those who are most special to you, but if you opt for a bright and colourful frame, then you will also be adding a touch of colour to your space.
In a similar manner, mood boards or inspirational photographs can also inject colour into your home office, but also act as a source of positivity! A simple bulletin board can work wonders for a home office setting and enable you to mix and match photographs, quotations and images that inspire you.
Tip! Alongside visual aids, incorporate some colour — even if it’s only a small pop of colour — as this will keep the space bright and cheerful. It can be as simple as a small tray for your paperclips, stickies or pens such as the White Bee Ashtray.
PLENTY OF LIGHTING
We all know that light is important in our home, especially when you are trying to read paperwork or focus on your laptop. It can be hard to find a space in your home that is flooded with natural light for a work space, so a great alternative is to ensure that you have enough artificial light! Lighting comes in all shapes and sizes, but the main aim should always be that it illuminates the space and makes it a whole lot more pleasant to be in.
What’s more is you can have fun with your choice of lighting and not opt for a boring design. Instead, select a table lamp that has a colour, pattern or texture that makes you smile!
“When working from home, I need good lighting, spaces for organising my paperwork, and a generally fun, quirky environment that keeps me feeling creative throughout the day. I’m always browsing Decor A List for ideas, and I’m obsessed with the Ballet Lamp and the Grey Parsi Bamboo Tray at the moment.”
— Caitlin McAllister, Founder of Desk Life Project
When you are busy at your desk, chances are that the last thing on your mind will be tidying up after yourself. It is important to make sure that your home office and desk is as organised as possible. Not only will this make things easier to find, but they also say that a tidy space is a tidy mind. Useful if you need to focus as best you can. Make sure that there are places for your paperwork, such as using trays, and any accessories that you have on your desk, and also think about how to make sure that your cables and cords are tidy too.
As you can see, there are a variety of ways that you can spruce up your desk and create a space that you want to work in. Think about what appeals to you the most and what will be the most use and that is the best place to start.