What makes a good home office? Is it the chair or desk? The photos and pieces you display? Or is it the technology and equipment that you use throughout the day? We say it's all of these things and more as we present our ten steps to making your home office a better place to be.
1) Don't get too techy. It's the first and second rules of Tech Club. Remember, this is your home, not your office. Don't let your tech dominate the space.
2) Choose comfy but attractive furniture.
The office aesthetic might have a stylish side if your company affords Herman Miller and other designer furniture, but quite possibly it's just cubicles and crappy office chairs. Select furniture you'd want in your home and that fits your design aesthetics. Orient yourself and furniture in the room so you're most comfortable. There are no constraints based on rules and requirements at the office - you can move your desk if you want to!
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3) Hide away and organize your cables and tech.
You want to maintain a clean and organized home, and your home office shouldn't be an exception.
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• How to Organize Your Loose Cables in an Afternoon
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4) Make it personal.
5) Let there be light!
Add photographs not as you would place simple frames on your desk at the real office, but consider the room a space in your house first and how you would decorate it that way.
You're not living and working in a dungeon and you don't have to deal with crappy overhead fluorescent lighting if you don't want to. Natural light's warm glow is ideal but given a lack of window options choose lamps with soft bulbs. Be wary of monitor placement in relation to the window so you're not dealing with glare coming off the screen.
• How to Create the Perfect Home Office Lighting Setup
• Colorful Task Lights to Brighten Up Any Home Office
6) Bring in the greenery. Mother nature helps us breathe better and brings a warm touch to the space.
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7) Get comfy under your feet. Get a nice comfy rug instead of the traditional office chair mat or commercial grade carpet. Kick off your shoes and relax your feet as you work. While at the office this would probably draw stares (and a few wrinkled noses) but there's no shoes required at home!
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8) Let the tunes roll! Is your office like a library with the librarian throwing you dirty glances and shushing you as you rock out in your cubicle? If you like listening to music while you work by all means turn it up! This is also helpful if the kids are being noisy and you need to get some work done. ;)
9) Let the pets in!
It's rare an office that allows pets in the building. From our own personal experience it puts us in an amazing mood when our puppy is laying at our feet. We're relaxed and can focus on our work in a good mood. We get things done so we can finish up and go play!
10) Who's the boss? You are! Remember, at your home you're your own boss and you make up the rules! Particularly when it comes to knowing yourself and what makes you work at your best so you can get out of there sooner with your work done and go enjoy the lovelier things in life.