And welcome to The Road to Domestication in the year 2018, folks! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s with friends and family! Let’s dive right in now, shall we?
I FINALLY feel like I’ve got my office together in the new house. (I keep saying “new house” – we moved here in May, can I still say that?) Anyways, it’s taken me that long to get everything arranged in the office (and decorate in there) the way I want it so I can walk in the door and breathe a sigh of peace instead of one filled with frustration. Thank goodness! It was starting to weigh on me!
One of the hardest things of having a home office that you actually do work out of is getting it to “feel right”. Know what I mean? This part of your home literally has to run differently than the rest of your home does, and sometimes that creates issues in work flow. So when Marie Nieves contacted me regarding a post about a redecorating a home office even when it is SMALL, well, that struck a chord. Check out her ideas!
Ugh, do you ever feel like you need one whole floor to organize all your office furniture, electronics, supplies and decoration? Well, I did, every day, until I realized what I’m doing wrong with my humble office space. All you need is good designing and decorating skills and even the smallest of spaces can feel and look spacious and airy. Here are some examples!
Go for double-duty furniture
Most people think they will be more productive if they cram a proper office desk in their workspace. But, in reality, all you need is a space to hold your laptop and other small gadgets. So, find a chic armoire with plenty of storage space for stashing documents and office supplies. This way you’ll have a nice work surface and storage all in one. On the other hand, a good office chair is a must. Prolonged sitting sessions cause back and neck pain, especially if you don’t have a good comfortable ergonomic chair. So, don’t hesitate to splurge on this piece of office furniture.
Use space effectively
If your office doesn’t have a lot of space, you have to learn how to work with what you’ve got. Floating shelves are a great space-saver since they can be put practically anywhere. Even small awkward spaces can be successfully utilized with these little shelves, allowing you to have everything you need at arm’s reach.
Tame the technology
There’s only so much you can do to make your bulky printer and computer more attractive, but you can effectively hide cords and wires to make the space look tidier. The best way to do so is to place your devices near the outlets which will spare you from having cords all over the floor. You can also use cord winders or tubes to organize them, or attach them to your wall or desk.
Pick a color you love
Your home office doesn’t have to have those dull beige or white walls. You need something more invigorating that will get your brain going. Think cherry red, orange, lime green, or any other colour that inspires you. You can also find out more about how exactly colours affect human mood, focus and productivity, and opt for a shade that will help you reach your professional goal quicker.
Organize for the win
A small space will feel even smaller if it’s cluttered with all sorts of unorganized documents, post-it notes and scraps of paper. Put your drawers to good use or even get a filing cabinet. Use post-it notes, or even better, invest in a gadget like Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo that will make you the queen of labelling and filing. No more wasting time on searching for the things you need.
Install good lighting
Good lighting can not only reduce eye strain and make tasks easier, but it can also make a small space look visually bigger. Lamps are always perfect for offices. They come in many different shapes and will provide you with ample task lighting.
A room with a view
Staring at a blank wall or a shelf can be super boring and not at all inspiring. So, try to place your desk near a window. A window will also provide you with healthy and motivating natural light that’s great for your mood and productivity. If you don’t have a window, put up an inspiring work of art to keep you in the zone.
Decorate with things that inspire you
A few accessories can greatly affect your motivation, just try not to overdo it. Put a photo of your children or your partner on your desk, or choose to have your professional idol as your inspiration. It will keep you going even if you feel like giving up.
Once you finish decorating, you’ll not want to leave your small home office for anything in the world.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. Marie loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on Smooth Decorator. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.
Thanks SO much, Marie! I especially love the idea to pick a color that you love and PAINT your office! So invigorating!
Do YOU Have a home office? How do you make it “work” for you?
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