With more and more of us working from home these days, our poor homes are taking the hit! We’re cramming desks into corners and squeezing studies into spare rooms, without really thinking about how we can best use the spaces available to us. A lot of us just end up sat on the couch balancing our laptops on our knees – raise your hand if you’re guilty!
It’s tempting to just take your laptop somewhere comfy, but having a desk is a really effective way of separating your work/home balance (especially when work and home are in the same building). Finding the right desk for you can actually be a really fun process – after all, how often do you get to choose something that’s just for you? We know it’s a very personal decision – you might prefer minimalist style with hardly any desks at all, or you might welcome as much storage as possible! We’ve got a fantastic range of office desks available so you’re bound to find the one that’s right for you.
But once you’ve found the right desk, where do you put it? Creating a home office isn’t always easy, especially if you’re tight on space, but it’s a brilliant way to make yourself more productive at home. Having a dedicated space to sit down and Get Stuff Done helps an awful lot, so we’ve put together our guide on creating the best home office possible in 5 easy steps.
- Find some space.
This first step is definitely the hardest – but it isn’t impossible. All you have to do is get creative! Look around your house and be as open minded as you can. All you really need is somewhere that can hold your laptop, tablet or computer, where you can also pull in a chair. Ultimately that’s it! So where could you create such a space? It doesn’t have to be big, and could even fold away when you’re done. But it does need to be comfortable, and preferably somewhere where you won’t be distracted by noise, the TV or your kitchen cupboards!
Are you using every corner of your bedroom? Do you have space in your hallway? Would the dining table work? Consider what other pieces you’ll need to access in order to work at home, and think about whether or not they can be stored there too.
2. Bring in the light.
Natural light is a real bonus when it comes to working from home. Not only is it easier on the eyes, but it can also boost your mood – and your productivity, too. If you can, position the desk of your new home office beside a window. This will give you a little view and bring in lots of light, which is great if your home office involves taking lots of photos – like blogging!
But natural light isn’t always available, and if you’re working in the evenings you’ll need to rely on more than just your windows. Invest in a decent desk light that will be kind to your eyes and keep you bright and alert.
3. Clear the Clutter
Whether your new home office is permanent or only temporary, you need to keep it clutter-free. As mom used to say, a tidy desk is a tidy mind! Clearing away clutter goes a long way to creating an organised space, which will allow you to think and work effectively. Plus, you’ll also be able to find that next tax bill that needs paying!
Create a good filing system that works for you, with a sensible, clearly labelled storage system. There are lots of stylish yet practical office storage solutions available at all kinds of price ranges, from $30 magazine racks to industrial-chic metal wall shelves and baskets.
4. Plan, plan and plan!
Everybody needs to stay on top of their To Do lists, but it’s even more important when you work from home where it’s so easy to be distracted – especially on a sunny day! To help you stay on track, create a good planning system that’s visible to you at all times. This will remind you to stay motivated and plough through that To Do list.
For some, it might be a wall full of post it notes. For others it’s an organised noticeboard, a set of hanging clipboards, or a simple online planner. Whatever works best for you, it’s well worth building this into your office design (and it’s a great way to personalise a wall, too).
5. Room with a view.
If you have space to situate your desk by a window, having that view to look out on to can be really inspiring. If you enjoy looking at the view it will help you feel connected to the room, and give you more motivation to get back into that space.
But, if you don’t have a window, create your own view! Ensure the wall you face onto is inspiring – use artwork that you love, family photos, creative prints, or simply a gorgeous wallpaper design that you’ve treated yourself to. Find the thing that you love best, and make it what you see every day.