Let's Tackle Your Home Office SpaceAugust 10 2022
Chances are, if working from home has become your ‘new normal’ and you’ve been doing it for a few years now, then you’ve probably got a home office set up somewhere in your home. I bet there’s also a good chance that this home office was thrown together last minute, and maybe hasn’t been updated much since then? No judgment here! But also—let’s make this space work better for you.
Refresh Your Home Office
For example, when was the last time you went through your files to see which ones you actually need, and which ones can get the old heave ho? I promise: there’s nothing more freeing than shredding a bunch of unnecessary old papers!
Plus—once you’ve culled your files, look how cute you can make your filing cabinet!
Of course, that’s just the start to a great home office.
Refresh Your Work-From-Home Space
So I realize that not everyone has the space to devote to a whole home office. But even if you’re just working with a small corner, there’s still lots we can do to make it more ergonomic and inviting.
I want you to seriously consider where and how you’re sitting. Being comfortable isn’t a perk— it’s a necessity. If you’re spending all day in a chair, make sure it’s one that supports your body properly. I love this one, but if you’re not in the position to buy a new chair right now, at least take care of your back with a good lumbar pillow for your existing chair.
Beyond that, check out my work from home hacks that can make even the smallest space work better for you. Also I recently added this desk to my shop because it worked so well in my Condo-By-The-Beach project. It’s a one bedroom condo, and while it feels roomy, it doesn't have a dedicated space for a home office. I went on the hunt for a slim profile desk that had good bones and adaptable style that would look good in just about any design story. The Woodwind Desk checks all the boxes and it’s perfect for laptop work session.
I carved out an unexpected work nook for the desk under the peek-a-boo window that looks into the kitchen and just styled it with a nod to the rest of the living room design. Take a look around your space and see if you can imagine a tucked-away spot where you could jump into work mode.
Stock Your Shelves
The offices of some of the most productive people I know all have one thing in common: personal touches on their shelves. We all work better when we surround ourselves with reminders of what we love and why we work in the first place.
Even a decorative mason jar filled with colorful beads can give you the energy boost you need when you lift your eyes up from a screen. So stock your shelves with objects and pictures that keep you smiling throughout the day.
My Favorite Desk DIY
Finally, I can’t write about revamping your home office without also writing about my favorite desk DIY of all time. Introducing what I call the ‘Desk Duet,’ a double desk that accommodates a work-from-home momma and her daughter, all in the same space!
The great thing about this desk? The partition in the middle can be removed to make a huge workspace if you need it. Hello, multifunction!
Want to make this desk yourself? I break down the steps and materials you need here: the double desk DIY your home office needs now.
Feeling inspired to tackle your own home office now? Yay! My work here is done.
My Favorite Home Office Tips
TIP: When it’s not in use for entertaining, use a deep tray to help manage paper clutter until it’s sorted and filed away!
TIP: Choose a desk with a smaller profile and a few drawers so it can only hold the essentials - basically your laptop, a framed photo that inspires you and a pretty plant. Smaller surface space means less clutter & distractions!
TIP: When fresh flowers don't make it into your market basket, have some faux stems on hand for your favorite desk vase!
TIP: Go with a tall vase on your desk! Once your laptop is open, the blooms in the vase will still be within sightline to bring a little beauty to your desk (and your day)!
TIP: Having a beautiful frame on your desk offers you the opportunity to fill it with inspiration. Think of your favorite family vacation photo, a calming landscape or garden or even an illustration from a favorite book.
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I relate to this article on work from home space. I have had a temporary desk in our living room for the past 2 years and now I am wanting to make it permanent. I need help figuring out the best way to have an office and still have this be a family space. Do you ever do any virtual consulting? I am in Michigan. Wish I was closer so I could be a part of your show.
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