Whether your home office style is sleek and contemporary, masculine and traditional or poised and polished, here are a few simple tips to help make the experience far more pleasant, comfortable and productive – all with the help of the right organisation tools and furniture.
1. Desk Duty
Create a clearly defined work zone. Be it, a part of the dining table (if you have limited space), a spare room, or a little used wall or corner in your living room. If you can, avoid working in the bedroom – this should be your personal sanctuary and place to rest and switch off! Select a desk that has enough space for your laptop, computer or tablet, and drawers for optimum storage and organisation.
2. Clear the Clutter
A clean, clear desk creates a sense of visual space, whereas a messy desk looks totally overwhelming, and is not somewhere you’ll be inspired to spend time. Dispose and recycle (if you can) old paperwork and items that you don’t use anymore. Make sure that you declutter regularly and be ruthless about it when you do.
3. Filing Tools
Most of us have bank statements, invoices, birth certificates and other admin files that need to be stored somewhere – preferably in a place that’s easy to access (and find!). Pick simple, clean-lined box files in a colour that goes with your décor (black, white, navy or grey go with most spaces) and label them in whichever way makes sense to you.
For files, documents, magazines and other items that don’t need to be so clearly labelled, you can use attractive boxes or baskets, placing them under your desk or beside it. Bookcases are also a useful tool when it comes to organising your home workspace and are a great way to put your office personality on show too!
4. Get Comfortable
It’s worth investing in an ergonomic chair, preferably one with a cushioned seat and a comfortable backrest. If it’s not comfortable, you won’t want to sit in it for long which means you’ll be less productive in the long run.
You can also avoid eye strain by making sure there’s plenty of light in your home office. Ideally your desk should be positioned somewhere it can receive lots of natural light during the day – alternatively, make sure you have an efficient task light.
5. Go Green
Plants are also known productivity boosters – various studies show having greenery in your workspace makes you happier and helps you work better. Introduce some potted plants on your desk, or a foliage-filled terrarium or two to brighten up your space and mood.