A home office is a luxury in a lot of ways — whether you’re setting one up to work a flexible schedule from home or you’re able to expand your guest room into a space to channel the required work for your side hustle, it’s something not to be taken for granted. But a poorly designed and organized home office can turn into just another space where dust and clutter swiftly collect. A warm working space doesn’t require deep pockets or a ton of time, a combination of some or all of the following will keep you productive, organized and on-task in style.
Click through for some simple-but-impactful tips to try ASAP.
1) Light it up
Naturally, if possible. Your home office should be in a room with as many windows as possible, or at least one that gets some direct light. If that’s impossible, or once the sun goes down, look to daylight-mimicking lamps to give you a similar result. Natural light is a mood lifter, and will motivate you to get down to work.
2) Fill it with life
You don’t need a green thumb to add a little life to your office space. A low-maintenance plant on your desk or bookshelf does wonders for helping a room to look complete and bringing some personality to your space.
3) Hang some shelves
Speaking of bookshelves, invest in them (thrift them for a bargain). Or at least in some shelves to hang over your desk area. This will eliminate clutter from your desk and minimize the number of holes in your wall for art.
4) Be your own inspiration
Office art is an often-overlooked add-on. Not only does it bring personality to the space, but it can also serve as inspiration for those long afternoons without a break or stretches of writer’s block.
5) Make it functional
A calendar on the wall, a list of upcoming deadlines or file cabinet with all of the information you regularly need to access to get your work done is super essential. If it’s all out there, scheduling, doing routine things and staying on track is as easy as pie. Print these things in nice fonts and frame them to spice things up a bit. It’s your office, make it your own.
The most important rule to follow is to trust your instinct. Natural light too distracting for you? Change it. Your growing to-do list stopping you from feeling productive? Hide it in a drawer and reference it in between tasks. Test your productivity and follow your instincts. The custom accommodations will help you on the way to being your best working self.