How To Set Up A Home Office For Mom!
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Working at home through Covid-19 is not an easy task, but we can help you at least, feel at work at home :)
The new work system can also be a bit of an advantage. Setting your own schedule, saving time and money on your daily commute, and allowing you to stay all day in your pajamas!
It gives you an opportunity to set up your office to be as comfortable and efficient as you desire. But it can be also a challenge due to all of the distractions that exist in a home environment. You should consider how to effectively set up a home office so that you aren’t tempted to catch up on housework or a TV show you missed last week. It is just too easy to get distracted.
Being successful in a home office requires creating an office space that promotes efficiency in a non-traditional work environment. What you want to achieve is a professional working space that separates your work from your personal life.
The decor in your working environment can create a certain mood and set energy levels. The types of colors, the direction your chair faces in relation to the door, and decor can all affect your mood. Additionally, if you’re tight on space, you can utilize shelves to declutter your office and give it a more organized look.
Where to start?
1. Find The Perfect Spot
You'll likely spend many hours in your home office, so don't be as generous with space as possible. Ideally, your office should be in a quiet area with some privacy. This is especially important if you share the house with a spouse, children, or roommates.
Obviously, a spare room with a door is ideal, as it can reduce noise from the rest of the house if you'll be on the phone frequently. However, if you don't have one, try to figure out where you can spare some space that can be turned into a perfect little corner office. For example, makeover a closet into a cozy office space, utilize a corner in your bedroom or switch up the furniture arrangement in the living room in order to create the space needed for a home office.
Make sure that you have access to natural lighting in your office to cut down on eye strain and headaches. Position the computer monitor so there's no glare from a window or overhead light, and put a small lamp on the desk for task lighting.
One of the best ways to do this while also saving space is to put your desk in front of a window. Studies have shown that having exposure to natural light has a wide range of health benefits, including increased productivity. There is a strong correlation between daylight exposure in the workplace and your quality of sleep, mental health, visual acuity, productivity, and physical health.
2. Go Green With Plants
Adding plants to your office creates a calm and relaxing environment while improving air quality, plus it looks pretty too. Plants eliminate harmful toxins, and produce oxygen. Additionally, if you’re meeting clients via video, having plants in the background can add a calming touch to a plain wall or window.
It’s likely you won’t structure your workspace the way you want it on your first try. Consider organizing your space, working in it for a week, and re-assessing. Did you feel comfortable in that setup? Did you look forward to walking in the room? How was the lighting in the room and on video calls?
A simple office organization tip is to never have your back to the door. If you do have your back to the door it may create subconscious stress and raise cortisol levels (a stress chemical in your body). Additionally, if you’re meeting clients from home, having your chair face the door is considered a power move. Everyone is different, so try your new setup, see how you feel, and don’t be afraid to change it.
A messy home office doesn't promote efficiency. Don’t waste space by tucking printers and files, into corners and drawers. It is important to use all your vertical space too. By putting cabinets up to the ceiling with different types of storage you can maximize the space you have. A pinboard for the wall can help organize supplies that might be left forgotten in a drawer.
4. Add Some Color
Blue is the new Beige!
You need a color that gets your work mood going. Some people need a bright and cheerful color like orange or lime green. Others need a calming shade like green or light blue to perform. The colors in our environment affect our focus, energy, and productivity. The psychology of color is an in-depth study; however, adding a blue or green to a room creates a calming and soothing environment that reduces stress and increases harmony. Brighter colors such as red, orange, or yellow create energy, promote innovation, and foster optimism.
5. Utilize Vertical Space
If you find your office too crowded, hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm's reach. You can store items that don’t weigh much such as a small scanner or office supplies on a shelf. Also, shelves can be a great option for holding plants, photos, books, and anything you love. Showcasing personal items is a great way for clients and customers to build a relationship with you because you allow them to get to know you better.
If you tend to make stack documents on your desk, try a nice basket for your mail and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, designate one drawer for your "to-do" papers.
6. Make This Space Beautiful And Motivating.
Your space should inspire you and reflect your personality, so don't be afraid to go all out!
First, add a colorful area rug or a neutral gray/ beige one, it will help define your office area if you don't have a room for it. If your desk lives in a multiuse space, use a rug at least a foot wider than the desk to create a boundary.
Keep the furniture simple and clean to make it more sleek, and then play with some art to uplift the space.
Decorate with images that speak to you. Even if you're crunching numbers all day. Fill your office with vibrant art to energize your space and make you feel motivated.
Set up a wall of inspiration: Aim for a mix of decorative pieces and office supplies to keep the "home" in home office, for example, a few cherished knickknacks, a framed art, a special photo on your desk that motivates you to create and get the work done. You could also include photos of an amazing trip you had or a photo of your children.
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