Whether you are going back to school, starting a business, telecommuting or even designating a homework spot for the kids, a home office is a place meant to get things done.
Choosing where to put your home office depends on both your needs and the space available. Also important to consider – how do you work best? If your home office will be a place for the kids to eliminate distraction and focus on home work, then consider giving up the guest bedroom for a dedicated, quiet space. If you are taking a class or two that will be squeezed in during the day online, a desk in an organized corner of the living room or your bedroom might be plenty.
2. Functional & Appealing
While a utilitarian space that does the job is a must, it doesn’t have to be cubicle-style bland. Decorate your home office to match the style of your home and create a comfortable, inviting space that you enjoy. Functional accessories like shelving and seating can be both useful and attractive!
3. Go Ergonomic
If you’re going to chose one splurge in your home office, your desk chair is a good candidate! A good quality chair will protect the health of your back from the impact of hours spent sitting at your computer.
4. Walls That Inspire
One trick for an inspired work space is to surround yourself with the things that motivate you. Saving for a vacation? Decorate your wall space with a beautiful picture of your dream destination. Headed back to school to achieve a life long goal? Creating and posting a vision board in the line of sight might be just the thing to keep you inspired!
5. The Natural Light Boost
Whenever possible, place your workspace where you have a window view or other natural light source. The light from computer and mobile screens can be very hard on the eyes. Ease the strain by working in natural light when you can. The view from a window and sunlight are proven mood lifters.
6. Think Vertically
In most homes, you will be trying to make the most of a small office space. To maximize your storage and organization options, think up and down. Below your desk might be the perfect space for filing or supply storage while there any number of wall accessories to maximize the efficiency of your wall space.
7. Go “Wireless”
Cut the unsightly home office tangle by going wireless where ever possible. All-in-one computers, home cloud networks, and wifi printers can all be players on the minimizing wires team. Corral what cords you do have with pretty fabric covers and tame the cord jungle with tubing or a wire organizer that attaches to your desk to pull them off the floor and out of the way.
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