It’s not too late to set up your dream home office. Working from home is hardly a new phenomenon, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it an unplanned requirement for many employees. Even as the coronavirus crisis eventually recedes, many employers will have discovered that they don’t need large office buildings. Furthermore, many employees have discovered that they don’t need to be in the office every day or spend hours commuting to be successful. Make sure your home office is up to snuff with these pro-tips.
Start by decluttering.
Cleaning up a little bit can make a huge difference. Take it from Marie Kondo that creating a calm, uncluttered environment will enhance both productivity and joy. To get there, identify the items that are crucial to getting your work done, and designate a spot for them. Rid your work space of unnecessary items that crowd both your work space and your zoom space. Consider storing items that you don’t need right now. BinSwap Valet Storage offers valet storage for $5 a bin/month. This creates space in your work environment for only what you need promoting max efficiency and peace of mind.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a good chair.
Considering how much time you spend sitting, it’s important to choose wisely when it comes to seating. Ergonomic chairs can be expensive, but worth it, especially if you have long term work from home plans. Here are three of our favorites factoring in affordability, comfort, and style. Click on the photo to purchase!
Keep your backdrop simple and clean
Your background says a lot about you within the first few seconds of a virtual meeting. It can serve as a distraction, or it can be the easiest way for virtual guests to get to know you. Don’t be afraid to make it personal, but make sure it is tidy and appealing to the eye. Think about the story your background tells about you.
If your house and your budget aren’t conducive to making a beautiful background, it’s okay to borrow one! Check out West Elm’s free virtual backdrops. Suddenly your empty apartment becomes an insta-famous mid century living room like this!
Don’t forget lighting!
While often times your computer screen, keyboard and phone are already lit, good lighting is important to avoid straining your eyes. It’s also key to making you look good in virtual meetings. Natural lighting is best, but if you don’t have access to natural light, try this as a substitute.
Plus a desk lamp is a cute accessory to your WFH space. Choose one that brings you joy to look at. We like these lamps for starters.
Bring the outside in
Get a plant for your desk! Having plants to look at presents a healthy, restorative distraction from draining office tasks, according to many studies. Other research suggests that nature can serve as an antidote to over-stimulation or “attention fatigue,” as well as boost cognitive performance. We like the look of these desk plants, but choose one that inspires you!
Don’t forget Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. The use of plant oils can be traced back over 6000 years. The Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all recognized the therapeutic properties of essential oils and plant extracts. Add the Mood Factory Aromatherapy Air to your home office to create a zen space to work.
This small, portable design is water-free to avoid any mess and plugs into any USB port to give you the perfect scent while you work. Pair with Mood Factory Essential Oils. Happiness is our favorite scent!
It’s never too late to rethink your home office. With just a few tweaks and adjustments you can make your home office an inviting space to spend your work day.
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