More and more homeowners are working from home these days. Whether you're freelancing, starting your own business, or simply looking to create a more established area for when you're working from home, these spaces need to be a haven from any distractions. If you're looking to create your own home office, we've got some helpful tips and tricks to make sure your space is beautifully productive and easily organized!
This may go without saying, but a noisy space does not make for a productive space. There are usually so many diversions at home that it can be easy to let your mind wander. Even those who enjoy a little white noise will find their attention drawn towards a noisy air vent or a barking dog when they sit down to work. We recommend finding the quietest corner of your house to set up your new home office. Any room with a door that is far away from the television and play areas will set you up for success. Just remember: Your workspace should not coincide with someone else's play space.
We've all been there, you have a couple projects pile up and suddenly the paperwork starts to take over your work area. Obviously, swimming through extra forms and notes won't make for a very productive space but what, exactly, should be kept on your desk? We suggest keeping it down to a couple of folders with current projects, a pen or two, and maybe some sticky notes, but that's all. Keep any tools you'll need for the day out and accessible so you don't waste time opening and closing drawers everytime you need to write something down! Another quick tip is to sort and tidy everything away at the end of the day as you would at the office; this makes sure things always come back to a manageable state for the start of the next day.
Of course, it may take a little bit more than keeping your desk clear to focus your mind. If you're anything like us, you'll notice your concentration goes way up when the entire house is straightened away. Even though you've put yourself in a nice, quiet area away from noises and distractions, you'll find your attention wandering to those spots in your house that need some attention. If you find that you can't pull yourself away from the kitchen counters while at work, dedicate some time every night to cleaning up the areas that bother you so the next day you can sit down, ready for business!
A desk or floor plant is a great way to bring a breath of fresh air in to your workspace and create some variety when your eyes need a break from the screen! If you don't have much of a green thumb, try something resilient, like a small cactus or succulent that can go a little while without some TLC. At the very least, try to arrange the room so that you can see the backyard for some greenery and natural light.
Soft, wafting scents can be used to soothe the usual stress of thought blockages and procrastination, meaning you get to be more productive. Aside from the wonderful smells they provide, essential oils like lavender and jasmine can actually give you all sorts of great natural boosts! Try a fresh smelling potted herb or plant (for that green), or simply add a scented candle. Aromatherapy could be just the trick you need to stick to the task at hand.
Taking the time to set up your home office space now will be sure to help you later on when it comes to getting down to business. You'll notice that even adding a simple touch like a potted plant or a scented candle will work wonders for your productivity and will keep your thoughts organized. Be sure to keep up with more helpful tips and tricks like these by checking out Marina Homes' blog series! blog.