As 2020 continues to lead on, the increase in folks working from home continues to rise. Feelings of isolation and cabin fever for those who are stuck inside on Zoom calls all day is starting to become more and more common. Not only are some of our clients working from home but they have also had to view homes virtually. It has now become more important than ever, to create a space that is open, welcoming, and calming. To alleviate some of that longing for days of our pasts, here are some tips to make working from home more manageable.
Invest in a Standing Desk
There are several pieces of furniture that you can get to make the space more comfortable. We recommend investing in a standing desk that allows you to stand and sit. This will keep your body actively moving and help you hit your target steps for the day. A few standing desks that we recommend are:
These desks should face the window or sit directly against the window. For those who are easily distracted, move your desk to the left or right of the window if the space allows. The more light that is streaming in on your face, the better as this will help you feel less trapped by four walls.
Bring in More Furniture
If the space allows, we also recommend putting a love seat or some type of small seating piece that is not a desk chair. This will allow you to choose between sitting at your desk or on the love seat. Pair this love seat with a medium-sized side table so you can set your laptop somewhere.
The two last important pieces of furniture you should invest in buying or move to your at-home office is a light-colored or gray-scaled bookshelf and a small side desk drawer. Having these items will allow you to put different décor in your workspace, lightening the mood, and making room for our next recommendation, plants.
Thoughtfully Select Décor & Inside Plants
The idea for the at-home office space that you are creating is to inspire productivity. Although those who have been working from home for several months now, everyone has or may soon reach the inevitable, becoming unmotivated, disgruntled, or unsatisfied. We’re going to fix that by adding in décor and greenery. Depending on the style of your home and office space, we recommend going for a minimalist working area where more is less. This will make the room appear less compact. Find your favorite pieces of literature and stick them on the sides of your desk area and in your shelving units. Hang aesthetically pleasing paintings and place miscellaneous items that modernize the space.
The next thing you seriously need to focus on when creating your new working space is house plants. You may not be a plant person, but the fact is, is that plants purify the air in which you will be breathing. It will make the room’s atmosphere feel familiar and give you a sense of being outside. What’s better than working in nature anyway? We recommend snake plants, aloe, succulents, and any hanging basket plants.
The Bottom Line
At the end of the day, whatever you believe you need in your home office to keep you sane is all that matters. Adopt your pet as a comfort assistant throughout each Zoom Meeting you have, go outside on your lunch for a walk, whatever you need to do, be sure to create a space that you can be both productive and enjoy being in.
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