By Guest Blogger Mary Sauer
Whether you work from home, stay at home with kids full-time, or work a traditional 9 to 5 job, a home office can be incredibly beneficial to your lifestyle. Without a quiet place to work, or to manage the many responsibilities that come with owning a home and managing a family, you may find it difficult to keep up with daily tasks and keep track of work documents, school release forms, and the family calendar.
Not all home offices are equal—the setup of your office can either empower you to maintain a productive and efficient work space, or it can make accomplishing your daily tasks difficult and frustrating. The perfect office should contain everything you need to do your job, and to do it well. At Modernize, we love to inspire homeowners like you to create a space that is not only efficient, but also matches their personality. Here are a few ideas for setting up the perfect home office.
Choose a Quiet Room That Receives Natural Light
Before you begin to set up your office, you will need to decide what room in your home will become your home office. The room should be comfortable and beautiful, especially if you will be spending large amounts of time working in the space. We suggest choosing a room that is removed enough from the main living areas to be quiet enough to focus on your work. Additionally, choose a room that has enough window space to allow in plenty of natural light, which will boost your mood while you work.
Splurge on Comfort, Save on Decor
If you are on a tight budget, always prioritize comfort over decor. Sitting in a chair that does not offer proper ergonomic support can put significant stress on your body. In some cases, the long-term consequences can require extensive medical care or physical therapy. Make ergonomically designed furniture a priority, and find creative ways to save on the decor. Consider shopping second-hand or creating your own decorations to give you more financial freedom to put your physical comfort first.
Build the Space Around Your Daily Tasks
The purpose of creating a home office is to simplify the work of your day-to-day life. Because of this, we suggest sitting down and writing out what you need to accomplish on a daily basis. This should help you to begin to plan your space around your daily tasks. If you spend a significant time at the computer, make a computer desk central to your space. If you create products with your hands, create a standing desk and make sure all of your supplies are within arms reach.
Focusing on Organization That Works for You
Organization is key if you want your home office to remain tidy with minimal effort. Everything in your office should have an assigned place, so create your space with organization in mind. Spend time creating storage solutions for even the smallest items, finding ways to keep paperclips and pens tidy will help you maintain your sanity and focus as your begin to use your space.
I would like thank Mary Sauer and Modernize, for contributing this fantastic blog – I know my readers will appreciate these useful suggestions!