Working from home can come with some serious pros – no commute, morning meetings in your pj’s, and the potential for a better work-life balance. But it’s easy to blur the lines between home and work if you don’t set boundaries. The first step lies in creating a workspace that truly looks and feels like an office. Here are a few tips to make your home office work for you.
Create separation from work and home
In a perfect world, the room or area serving as your office will be physically separate from the rest of your home. A door is ideal, but a curtain or room divider can work if need be. The idea is that when you step through that door you’re shifting from home life into work mode, and vice versa. Try to avoid letting your spouse and/or kids hang out in the office, especially when you’re actively working. Not only is it distracting, but it further blends your home and office environments together.
Maximize storage space
Most houses and apartments don’t come with a supply closet or store room. You’ve got to get a little creative to allow for all the paperwork, samples, and documents that come along when you work from home. Invest in bookcases, filing cabinets, and shelves that can be mounted directly to the walls to seriously maximize your space. Closet organizers and shoe hangers can also work wonders if you’re short on square footage.
They’re pretty to look at, provide a welcoming environment, and having plants in your home office can lead to a few other surprising benefits. A well-placed aloe plant can improve air quality and reduce dust levels. A low maintenance cactus gives a boost to your concentration and focus. And a pretty lily can help you feel happier and increase your creativity.Add greenery to your home office and reap the many benefits! #decorating #office Click To Tweet
Furnish it like an office
While you want your workspace to blend in with the rest of your home’s decor, make sure it’s able to function properly as an office. Invest in pieces that would work just as well in a big corporate office as they would in your small home office. Good furniture doesn’t come cheap, so a great starting place is to focus on a solid desk and chair and expand from there.
Leave lots of room to grow
Whether you’re running your own business or freelancing part-time from home, make sure you leave room to expand. Do your best to have more storage than you think you need and keep a few desk drawers empty if possible. You never know how much success or momentum you may gather – plus you’ll need space for that ever-expanding stack of invoices!