Okay, it’s time to get down to business—but first, how about a home office refresh? We all know that a happy space is a productive space, so we’re sharing how to get maximum ROI by investing a little love into your work zone.
Read on for our top tips, and then make an executive order to get your makeover on.
Find your sweet spot:
You don’t need an entire spare room just to have a home office. For those tight on square footage, try dedicating a corner of any existing room to your work space (or an empty closet). Just keep your pieces compact, and choose a quiet area of the house that has low traffic during “business” hours.
You’re going to be spending a good amount of time here, which means it’s crucial that your seating is comfortable and supportive. Whether you go with a traditional office chair or lean more towards a fun accent piece, make sure your seating has a high back and arms.
Hide your cords:
Nothing invokes the feeling of chaos quite like a tangled mess of cords, which is why we recommend taking an “out of sight, out of mind” approach. Enter, our Vista desk. Featuring hidden outlets, you can neatly tuck away your laptop and charger cords without letting work skip a beat.
Let there be light:
One of the best parts about working from home is escaping the fluorescent glow of a corporate office, so take it an extra step with the right lighting. A desktop lamp with a low wattage bulb will give you just enough light to see while maintaining a soothing vibe.
Add ample storage:
The good news is that we’re in the digital age, so you can probably kick your filing cabinet to the curb. That being said, you’ll still need something to house your books, references, and whatever else you need to get the job done. Try a desk with tiers on each side to hold everything with style.
Purge your paper:
Studies show that a neat and organized space is more conducive to productivity. A clean area sends a signal to your brain to relax and focus on the task at hand, rather than paying attention to the clutter. And it costs nothing!
Make it inspiring:
Whether you’re working on Shark Tank’s next big invention, or just filing your taxes, you’ll want something to keep the mood light. That’s why you should display pleasing accents in your line of sight, like framed family photos on your desktop or interesting accessories on your shelves.
Create a command center:
The best way to keep your affairs in order is to keep them visual. Make yourself a calendar that is easy to reference (and adjust). We love the idea of this DIY post-it center, which gives you the freedom to move things around. Plus, it’s inexpensive and easy to execute with just some sticky notes and cork board.
And by that, we mean furniture that can multi-task, like a desk with a drop-down keyboard drawer. It’s perfect for those with a traditional desktop computer to keep your keyboard out of sight (and out of the way), and it can also double as a storage drawer if you have a laptop.