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6 Tips for Creating a Home Office that Inspires You

6 Tips for Creating a Home Office that Inspires You

By Angela Hall

Given the current state of affairs with the coronavirus pandemic, you may be feeling stressed out and looking for ways to remain calm

Add to this stress the fact that more and more people are working from home. This includes my husband and yours truly. And, if your space at home is cluttered, it becomes even more difficult to focus on work. 

Here’s the deal: With the sudden shift in our collective work, home and school environments, now is the perfect time to declutter and create a home office that centers you. To help you wrap your mind around this task, here are 6 tips for creating a home office that inspires you

1. Location, location, location

Identify the best place in your home to park your home office. Keep in mind, I didn’t say ROOM. It doesn’t have to be a full room. As long as it’s a space that isn’t a dumping ground for kids toys, junk, and the like, you’re off to a good start. You’ll also want to keep in mind that you’ll need easy access to an outlet to keep your computer and cell phone charged up and ready to use.

2. What do you need?

Nail down the items that will make working from home easier. If you need to block out noise, consider a white noise machine or noise-cancelling headphones. If you need to print and scan a lot of documents, consider an all-in-one printer. If your “officemate” aka spouse likes to crank up the air conditioning, make sure you have a cardigan or blanket handy. 

3. Comfort is key

It is so important to have a desk chair you’ll be able to sit in for multiple hours a day. You don’t have to stick with a traditional office chair, either. A beautiful accent chair that doubles as your desk chair can work wonders. Some of these chairs are both stunning to look at and comfortable to sit in for several hours at a time. You also may want to consider an ergonomic chair as this helps alleviate back pain.

4. Light up your life

Lighting is so important when setting up your home office. While access to natural light is ideal, you can also get inspiration from what’s outside your window! However, if you’re unable to set up shop near a natural light source, make sure you add some lighting options. A good desk lamp or table lamp is an excellent start. There are also some fun options you can mount to the wall if actual desk real estate is at a premium.

5. Clear the clutter

Identify what physical items you need to make yourself fully operational (i.e. office supplies, snacks, etc.) and determine a good storage option for them. This may be within the drawers of your desk, or you may need to use some baskets or a few decorative boxes with lids.

Also remember that vertical space is a prime spot for storing items. Think pegboards, metal grids, and floating shelves. If you don’t have access to a space that will allow for storage or baskets, consider a caddy where you can store everything and easily move when needed. This can live on your workspace, or perhaps it comes with wheels so you can roll it around.

This is also a good time to figure out how much paperwork you really need laying around your office space. Are there documents that can live digitally instead? There are lots of options out there for storing documents online, like DropBox and Google Docs.

6. Add in the inspiration

Here comes the fun part! This is where you can add those finishing touches that will make your home office truly yours. In order to stay inspired and organized, make sure to incorporate all of the five senses when adding in your elements of inspiration. Some ideas include:

  • Family Photos (sight)
  • A framed inspirational quote (sight)
  • A stress ball (touch)
  • Silly putty (touch)
  • A vision board (sight)
  • A scented candle (smell)
  • Plants/flowers (sight, possibly smell depending on the plant/flower)
  • Your favorite cup of tea or coffee (taste and smell)
  • Music (sound)

Ready to Create An Inspiring Home Office Space?

There you have it – my top tips for creating a home office that inspires you. And, while you’re working on your office space, don’t forget to build in time for self-care for yourself and yoga for your kids. This will help maintain peace in your household. Not sure where to start looking for kids yoga near you

About the author: Angela Hall is the owner/interior designer of Friar Tuck Design Company. Her passion is working with busy moms to transform their homes into beautiful, functional spaces that adapt to their growing families. She lives in Merrimack, N.H. with her husband, Mike, 11-year-old son, Cameron, and fur baby, Gypsy.

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