Whether you’re a freelancer, you’re a blogger who’s looking for a bit of creative space where you can write, or you’re running your own business from home, having a home office makes everything so much easier.
Of course, space is at a premium for most of us, which can make creating a comfy home office a challenge to say the least, which is why I’ve put together this post that should give you some tips and ideas to make it work for you…
Find the Perfect Space
The perfect space should be somewhere that’s quiet and where you can work undisturbed most of the time. This could be a loft conversion, a spare room, a summer house in the garden or even a nook in a room that doesn’t have too much traffic. Take a good look at your home and work out where your optimum space is likely to be.
If the space you have chosen for your home office is cluttered with all manner of stuff, it’s time to have a clear out because the messier your workspace is, the messier your mind is and the more difficult it is to concentrate and work without procrastinating. Hide it, sell it, take it to the tip, but make sure it doesn’t sully your home office space for a second longer.
Invest in Ergonomic Furniture
Yes, you could use one of the chairs from the kitchen and that old rickety table that you’ve been storing in the shed, but do you really want to deal with a bad back, repetitive strain injury and neck pain? Probably not, which is why ergonomic furniture and accessories are not optional. St the very least, you should have an ergonomically designed desk and chair, computer keyboard/laptop tray and mouse to ensure that you’re as comfy as can be.
Keep It Clean
Your home office should ideally be painted a crisp, clean shade of white or possibly cream because neutral colours are more relaxing and they enable you to really use your imagination and get creative when you’re working. You can, of course, hang up a few colourful pictures, but keep them to a minimum so your space doesn’t get too busy and distracting.
Set Up a Storage Ottoman
If space is at a premium, instead of buying bulky bookcases and filing cabinets for your home office, opt for a simple storage ottoman. Why? Because if you buy one that is big enough, it will not only hold your files and papers, but it will also serve up as comfy seating for any visitors or clients who have to come to the house.
You Can’t Get Enough Plants
Having plants in your home office is a great way of creating a serene and soothing atmosphere that will help you to work without stress and ensure that you are always surrounded by pleasant things.
Put Up a Do Not Disturb Sign
Last, but not least, get yourself a do not disturb sign for the door and make it known that when it’s up the family need to give you some peace and quiet when you’re blogging or whatever. If you want to use it to get a cheeky nap in, well I won’t tell anyone!
Time to start decorating!