If you are planning to work from home or already do, it is important to create a space that promotes creativity, productivity, and boosts your mood. When I started blogging from home, my home office (if I can even classify it as an office) was anything but uplifting. With a makeover and relocation it is now one of my favorite places in my home! Here is my list of must haves for a home office you’ll love…
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The Proper Desk
This may seem like an obvious tip, however, when I started working from home I was using a writing desk, not a typing desk with a keyboard tray. This put so much strain on my neck that I was having daily headaches. It got so bad I stopped working altogether. After reading about posture and computers, I went out and bought the proper desk. Now I am able to sit at my computer for hours comfortably. Also having a desk with enough room makes all the difference..more on that later!
Having a colorful and decorative environment can boost your mood and spark creativity. So take the time to decorative and splurge on a few items to make your home office reflect your personality and likes. Being surrounded by things you enjoy and find appealing can increase productivity and your mood about working. Whenever I see successful bloggers, or women who work from home, their home offices are so charming and lovely. There is a reason for that!
When I redecorated my office I went to Target and bought new file folders, pens, notepads, heart shaped thumb tacks, and even a uplifting candle for my desk. *Added bonus* most of it was from the dollar section! After adding all these pretty and uplifting elements to my office it felt complete!
One of the most important elements of setting up a home office. My desk used to be in a dark corner, not only was the low light an inspiration killer, but it also put a huge strain on my eyes while working on the computer. If possible place your home office in an area with plenty of natural light. I put my new home office under one of my sky lights and it feels so bright and open.
If you are not able to have natural light or if you work in the evening, you have to have this LED desk lamp. It is my favorite home office must-have! It is sleek and modern so it is attractive to keep on your desk. It folds down so it doesn’t take up much space and has four light settings such as reading and relax that you can brighten or dim. It also has a timer and usb charing port. It is really the ultimate desk light!
Another element where your posture can affect your overall productivity. Make sure you have a chair that is at the proper height so that your feet can rest on the ground and you can rest your elbows while typing. I am quite short so I was using the wrong chair for many years. I ended up going to staples and sitting in every chair they had to find one that gave me the proper posture for my height. In other words short people chairs are in short supply (oh the fun of puns)!
All the products, items, supplies, whatever it is you use to work, should be accessible on your desk. Like I said, I had a small writing desk and it was so cluttered I couldn’t even actually write on it ha! If you have to move things around to use them it can affect your productivity and make it hard for you to achieve what you need to do. I ended up getting an L-shaped desk so that I could have my computer, files, printer, and Cricut all on my desk, and actually accessible for me to use everyday. And no space would be complete without Scooby’s bed 🙂
I hope you find these tips helpful in creating a work space that can motivate and uplift you! Let me know what some of your must-haves for productively working at home (besides coffee 😉 ) are below!