12 Smart Ways to Refresh Your Home Office
Life in the 21st century has its perks. One of those is to be able to work from virtually anywhere. If you’ve successfully convinced your boss to let you log more hours from home this year, you’ll want a killer workspace to match.
Don’t let your home office become the dumping ground for all unwanted furniture and décor accessories. If you’re going to really use your home office this year, make it an inspiring and functional space. Keep reading for our top tips for upgrading your home office.
After getting rid of all the excess clutter, find an organizing system that works for you. Make sure that everything that might end up in your office is accounted for: bills, important paperwork, magazines, office supplies. Store each item in its appropriate bin, box, container, or tray.
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There’s nothing more uninspiring than staring at a white wall all day. Is there room to rearrange the furniture for your desk to face a window? If there isn’t, consider artwork or even a mirror to hang above your desk and reflect the window behind you. Just make sure to hang it high enough that you don’t end up staring at yourself all day long.
In many homes, the office sometimes doubles as a guest room, media room, or den. Setting up your desk across from the sofa or sofa bed will serve as double duty for TV watching. With that setup, you can either stream Netflix from a desktop computer or mount a TV on the wall behind the desk.
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Does your work involve a lot of client visits at home? Or maybe you like having your husband or kids pop in and chat while you work? If so, consider floating your desk in the middle of the room, and adding in one or two guest chairs. This layout is much more sociable and open.
One of the phrases my mom repeated the most while I was doing homework growing up was, “Turn on the light or you’ll hurt your eyes!” Thus, I know the importance of adequate lighting in a workspace. During the day, you’ll want your computer screen facing away from a window to avoid the daylight glare. At night, make sure you have a good task lamp to keep you burning the midnight oil while keeping your eyesight in check.
Okay, you don’t need a full lesson in ergonomics, but there are a few guidelines you should follow. Your chair should provide adequate back support to allow you to keep your back and shoulders straight. Your feet should be flat on the floor. Your elbows should be at a 90 degree bend and align with your hands on the keyboard (anything less can strain your wrists). Your eyes should level with the top third of the screen, and don’t forget to take occasional breaks!
If you work in a creative field (and if you’re working from home, chances are you do), you know the importance of finding inspiration on a daily basis. Surround yourself with objects and images that get your creative juices flowing.
We often favor our common living spaces when it comes to buying art: the entrance hall, the living room, and the dining room get priority treatment, often simply because that’s where the art will be seen the most. But if you’re going to start spending more time in your home office, make a point to start an art collection for your workspace. It’s the perfect room to experiment with edgier and more affordable art.
Do you work from home? What are your tried-and-trusted tricks? Share them with us in the comments below.