Quarantine life and social distancing have moved many of us to our home offices. But most of us did not really have such a dedicated work space at home – there was no need. We went to the office, had our desk and storage there and the odd email was answered from the dining table or the couch.
Over the past weeks, our work habits have changed tremendously. There was no commute to and from work and many of us spent the first days in our pyjamas in front of the laptop. But sooner or later we all realised that we need a dedicated workspace at home as well to be productive. Nobody knows how long we will have to social distance. But, surely, our attitude to working from home has changed and home offices have become something more normal.
How can we make this home office chic, functional and productivity-boosting so that we love working from it every day?
1. Choose a Dedicated Space
Obvious but we tend to forget about it. It is very important to choose a dedicated space. If you constantly move around, it is very hard to focus.
If you have a separate room, perfect! But it is actually not necessary to have an entire room. Your home office can be a space in your living room, a corner in the bedroom or even a spot in the kitchen. The most important thing is to choose a spot where you feel comfortable and calm, one which allows you to focus on your creativity and work.
2. Set Up and Prevent/Remove the Chaos
Our desk reflects our mind – if chaos reigns on your workspace, your mind will be cluttered as well. If you set up a new office, put things in order from the start. Get some drawer inserts (or use small boxes you have at home). They are life changing – you will stop having to go through the whole drawer to find things.
If you already have a home office which you are now redecorating, make a thorough assessment. Go through all the drawers and things on your desk and decide if you still need them. We all have that “junk drawer” where we just keep tossing things in. Dare to open it and go through it.
Storage is very important – inside your drawers but also on your desk. There are many cute ideas to display stationery or store your things. Our Liha baskets from Cambodia are perfect to store pencils, pens and paperclips.
4. Make It Yours
Your home office should be a happy place in your home. Make it yours with pictures and items which remind you of good times. If you feel happy, you will also be more productive.
If you do not have a nice view, use your wall and create your own inspiring view with some cute framed posters with inspiring quotes.
5. Make It Your Oasis
Oasis may not be the first association with work. But if your home office is a peaceful place, you will enjoy spending time there and, hence, be more productive. Place some pot plants or a nice small flower bouquet on your desk – plants always have a calming effect.
Candles are always a good idea to create your oasis. Our motivational candles remind you to always believe in yourself and keep going.
6. Keep It Functional
Your desk is the place where things get done – the more functional the better. But functionality does not mean it cannot be chic. For example, all your small bits and bobs can be kept in separate boxes and arranged in a decorative tray. That way, you can easily move them around without moving each and every single box.