Work From Home: How to Make Your Home Office Functional

Kyle Richardson

by Kyle Richardson

on May 24, 2016

Whether you’re a contracted professional, split your time between your home and work travel or simply need a space to delve into your crafts, hobbies and hands-on interests, having a dedicated area to do so is imperative. Some of us have the luxury of re-designing a full home office in its own room, while some of us may have to get a bit more creative with a shared space. Regardless, here are some tips in order to make your home office functional and fitting for your needs.

Keep a clean desk. When you’re at home, it’s easy to start to use an extra surface an additional place to stack and store things. Leave your desk for your work! Keep only your essentials on the surface, and ensure that your drawers are organized. The cleaner your space is, the more simple it is for your mind to accept that this is your area to get things done.kaboompics.com_Red italian coffee maker

Make it your own. No need to model your office off of something from Pinterest if it isn’t going to inspire you. Decorate it with the colors and themes that push you to create your best work. If you’re too focused on make sure that you have the perfect home office, you may very well miss out on having a space that allows you to focus where your efforts should be.kaboompics.com_Home office desk with laptop and coffee (1)

Steer clear of the bedroom. If possible, keep the bedroom as such, and place your office area in another room or space. Mixing the two can not only keep you from getting your work done, but it can also keep you from putting the time and effort into keeping your bedroom clean and void of outside stress. Keep your spin upright by staying away from sitting on mattresses, and separate business from pleasure!kaboompics.com_Working in a bed

Keep yourself accountable. Even if you utilize a home office, you may want to be able to collaborate or host meetings, brainstorming sessions or more. Space permitting, create a space that invites others to understand they are in the professional setting. Still allow yourself to feel inspired and motivated to pursue your own goals, but it doesn’t hurt to involve others at times too.

Photo by Antoine Beauvillain
Photo by Antoine Beauvillain

Working from home is a reality for many of us. Whether it’s all day, everyday or after hours and on the weekends, having a space dedicated to standing as your home office makes the situation all the more enjoyable. Make sure you find the space that suits you and make it yours!

 

 

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Kyle Richardson

Kyle Richardson