Most home offices comprise of little more than a desk, a chair, and a couple of shelves if that. In fact, we know of many people who simply use their dining table as a makeshift place to sit and work. Or, they prefer to lounge around on their sofa till their aching back tells them to do otherwise!
Tch-tch-tch … bad practice. Just because it’s a home office doesn’t mean you don’t put any thought into it at all. Like any other room in the house, your work-space deserves attention so that you can be your productive best here.
Shall we get started on giving your home office a makeover? Good.
When you’re working from home, clutter pretty much becomes part of the space, because what house isn’t messy, right? But, being efficient at work requires having a clean and tidy place to work in. So, don’t hold back one bit and clear out everything you don’t need.
Once you’re done purging the non-essentials, you’ll be surprised to see how the room opens up, giving you the space to accommodate all the things you really need. And depending on the scale of operations, you should consider investing in the following items:
- File cabinets
- Shelves / Bookshelves
- Whiteboard (For your ideas, doodles, and to-dos)
- A good desk with drawers to store supplies, like pens, paper, markers, highlighters, etc.
- A comfortable chair to withstand long hours and rigorous burning of the midnight oil
Finally, consolidate those annoying wires, cords, power strips, etc. and conceal them out of sight. There, doesn’t that look nice and clean!
Light up the Place
Lighting is one thing most people take for granted in their home office. Natural sunlight (if you’re lucky enough to have it) works fine for the first half of the day, but once the sun sets, you need lighting that significantly boosts visibility. Without it, you’re only going to strain your eyes and end up with one hell of a headache.
Pretty Up the Place
Now that you’ve got the basics in place, let’s make the place as appealing as it is productive. Choose a focal wall and paint it in a bright color or use a nice wallpaper to make a statement. If you have an otherwise neutral decor, colorful drapes can perk things up. Or you could go in for an all-white office to give it a nice, airy feel.
For those who can’t be bothered with paint, decor, or furnishings, just pick up a few accent pieces – a sculpture, a painting, some nice bookends, etc. – and personalize the space as you see fit.
Your home office is now ready. It looks efficient, it looks nice and it looks comfortable. It’s time to get your work done and take your business places!