From telecommuting to freelancing, more people are working from home than ever before. Unfortunately, it's also one of the first areas to get neglected in terms of décor and upkeep. Regardless if you're working remote or just occasionally paying some bills and checking the internet, you deserve to have a home office that's both pretty and productive – and you don't have to break the bank to get it.
Here are some tips to help create the perfect home office:
Location Is Key
Location is the foundation to success. If you're easily distracted, try setting up in a room that's away from the main living area. If you're going to have client's coming by, it might be best to position yourself somewhere near the main door and make sure you have plenty of space for seating.
Keep Cables Neat & Tidy
There's nothing that makes a space look more cluttered than a long, interwoven mess of cables. There are certainly a few Pinterest hacks out there to cut the clutter with style, but for the most part you'll just need some cable ties and tape. Organize them into a bundle and feed them behind objects and under the desk so that they're out of sight and out of mind.
Make Storage Stylish
A home office needs to have storage because you want to make sure that everything has its own space. This includes books, files, loose papers, stationary, spare paper – you name it. You can make use of cabinets and shelving in smaller spaces to maximize the floor space and still meet your storage needs. Drawers and storage bins are another budget-friendly option. Really, it comes down to personal preference and knowing just how much storage you're going to need. Knowing this before you go to the store to buy office furniture can help you keep your style consistent between all pieces and the budget under control.
Make It Your Own
Your office is a big part of life, so get creative and make it a place that inspires you. For some people, that could be a cheery splash of color on the wall with some artistic prints and a few planters. For others, it might be a nice sofa or chair for clients with cool coffee-shop tunes playing softly from a wall-mounted speaker. One of the best things you can do is have fun with it and make it a space that you love and nurtures your full potential.
Don't Underestimate The Need For A Good Chair
Every office worker knows that a good chair is worth its weight in gold. If you're going to be sitting for several hours a day, you need to be comfortable and supported. Not only will it make your day-to-day routine more enjoyable, your body will thank you in the long-run.
How to Organize a Home Office For Work Efficiency
Keep your space organized by using storage, file cabinets and bookcases that allow your materials to be easy accessible. In addition, if you use a printer and computer, everything should be easy for you to reach. Invest in built in shelving to give the home a finished look, and use the shelving to maximize your space. Renovations can include a built in corner desk to give you the work surface you need without taking up the whole room. Invest in quality lighting that isn't harsh, but gives you enough light to work by. Install a ceiling fan to improve air circulation to make the space more comfortable.
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