Working from home comes with many benefits. You manage your own time, work at your own pace, no traffic or commute to deal with, and you don’t have to worry about what to wear. If you plan to work from home, then here is something you should consider: a home office.
Whether you just started working from home, you are a work-from-home veteran, or you have the liberty to occasionally bring your work home, here are tips on how to set up your home office.
1. Designate an office space.
We typically consider the bedroom, dining room, or even the living room as a home office space. However, an office area is something permanent. Therefore, look for an area in your home that has ample light and ventilation, somewhere you can shut the door and have some quiet time, and a place that you can close and “leave” your work. Consider corner areas too and maximize it.
In other words, it could be an area in your home that you rarely use where you can freely set up your own space.
2. Choose the right desk.
Your home office desk is crucial when setting up your work space at home. There are several options to choose from, depending on your needs and work duties. You can go for a simple writing table, an L-shaped desk if you like spreading your work, an office table with drawers, or an executive desk if you have enough room. You can also convert an old kitchen table into an office desk. The important thing is to choose a desk that fits the type of work you do.
3. Invest in a comfy chair.
Working from home means sitting for a considerable amount of time. While the reliable kitchen chair could be of service, you need something that could minimize back pain and you’re your working experience more comfortable. Adding pillows could offer support for your back. If you are willing to spend a little extra, then try ergonomic office chair.
4. Think of (additional) storage.
Having a desk with built-in drawers will come in handy but you might need additional storage space later on to help keep your things organized. You can go for tall shelves, a bookcase, baskets, or storage boxes for additional storage. Filing cabinets are also another option, although consider updating its look to get rid of the dull factor. Wall storage is another technique to give you additional space for storage.
5. Good lighting is essential.
Natural light is one of the important considerations when setting up your own home office and you will need additional lights for darker hours and to make your space brighter. A well-lit office helps prevent eye strain and improve your mood. A high-quality task light or a table lamp is essential in every home office.
6. Keep it green.
Did you know that plants in the workplace could increase productivity and reduce your stress levels? At the same time, it makes you happier and adds more life to your home office. When choosing plants, make sure you go for types that are easy to care for, such as succulents, cactus, or ivy so you won’t have to worry about additional responsibilities on your list.
7. Don’t forget the power outlets.
A home office requires computer, printer, electric fan or air conditioning unit, extra lights, and other paraphernalia that would need electricity. Aside from the available sockets in the area, make sure you invest in surge-protected extension leads in case you need to accommodate all your gadgets at the same time.
8. Add your personal touch.
Once you set up your home office, it’s time to decorate and make it more personal. You can add pictures of your kids, display mementos of success, or a photo that makes you laugh. Wall art is another way to personalize you workspace. Don’t forget to put up a blackboard or corkboard for your notes, reminders, and doodles.
The Most Important Tip
Now that you finally have your own space, remember this: keep it organized as best as you can. Establish an organized system to help you identify what goes where – and make sure to stick to it. This minimizes mess and makes your home office space more efficient.
Ayi is a former law student turned freelance writer, mompreneur, and stay-at-home mom. When her kids are in their most behaved state, she documents her adventures as a mom on The Momma Chronicles, tries to bring out her inner kitchen goddess, do her best to put her kids’ toys in appropriate boxes, and makes her home as organized and clutter-free as possible.
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