With the majority of Americans following stay at home orders, many of us have been tasked with working remotely from home. For some, that means spending time in our home offices, whereas, others are working at kitchen tables, from couches, or (if you’re a lucky one) from patio chairs.
Working from home has its challenges, especially when you do not have a dedicated space for work that allows you to be creative and productive. However, adjusting your space can help. Here are some tips for setting up a home office that works for you, along with a few homes in the Southeast that offer inspiring home offices.
Home Office Tips:
Choose a dedicated area. Choosing a space that is quiet and somewhat separate is a great way to get into the right mindset to focus and efficiently complete your tasks at hand. If you do not have an extra room in your house with a door that can be closed, you can corner off a specific area of your home, such as the living room or a comfortable chair or couch. Once you have found your space, you can set it up to accommodate your needs. Some people will need a desk to work, whereas others can settle for any flat surface like a table or countertop as long as they have a very comfortable chair. Others prefer working from their couch with a foldable laptop table. Whatever spot you choose, make sure it feels like a work area!
This lavish home located in North Carolina provides us with a great example of a space that can be used as a home office, especially for those who only need a comfortable couch to complete their work. This office space can also function as a guest bedroom when needed. To get inspired to create an office space within your home, check out this five-bedroom, four-bathroom home here.
Get the lighting right. When setting up your home office, make sure it has plenty of light. Natural light can improve productivity and alertness while promoting relaxation and boosting mental and physical health. Not to mention, good lighting is vital for video conferences and calls. Therefore, choose a space with plenty of exposure to daylight with a large window, so you don’t end up looking like you are ‘zooming’ from a submarine.
Take a look at this beautiful home office in South Carolina, full of natural light and special touches for the homeowner to work peacefully and efficiently. Want to get inspired? Check out the office space in this four-bedroom two-bathroom home here.
Separate the personal from the professional. Creating a space for your home office is only one way to separate yourself from your work after the workday is over. Another way to do this is by having a separate work phone to prevent you from answering quick emails and checking notifications during your downtime, which will help you unwind. If you are doing work from your kitchen or living room, it would be beneficial to have a drawer or cabinet where you can quickly store everything you use for work.
There are no signs of work in this kitchen office space as this home has ample cabinet space for the homeowners to store their electronics and work from home essentials at the end of the workday. To get inspired by this home office space in a beautiful four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Jacksonville, check out the link here.
Stay organized and declutter. This might seem like a no brainer, however, when do we really take the time to clear out our desks or that one junk drawer in the kitchen? When setting up your home office space, toss out anything that needs to be thrown out and then once you have done that, take a look around you and make sure that you do not have something like a dirty pile of laundry hiding behind you. Keep things clean for you and for your colleagues during all of your video conferences. Once everything is clean and tidy, you can set up your office to have everything you need around you, such as your phone, laptop, extra screen, charges, notepad, pen, headphones, and more.
There’s no clutter to be found in this organized home office in Alabama! With a big desk hosting only the essentials, such as a computer and an additional screen, this homeowner took the time to declutter their office space! To see how you can declutter and organize your office space, check out this four-bedroom, three-bathroom home here.
Make it yours with special touches. We’re all under pressure these days; it’s okay to make your home office feel homey with personal touches that make you feel inspired and at peace. Set up your office with scented candles or aromatherapy diffusers. Curate a calming playlist that can softly play in the background while you are hard at work. Set up a mini snack bar with snacks, chocolate, tea, and water, so you don’t have to step away when you are in the mood for a bite to eat. Put up some happy photos or your favorite piece of art to make your space energize you!
A beautiful home office located in Jacksonville, Florida, full of personal touches like flowers, candles, and motivation artwork. Looking for inspiration? Check out the personalized office in this spacious four-bedroom, two-bathroom home here.
Listen to your body and position yourself accordingly. Working from home for hours, how you sit, where you sit, and how your electronics are positioned are incredibly important. Get in touch with your body to understand what home office set up works for you. Your body will tell you if you need to make adjustments to your current situation. For example, if your neck is stiff, you may want to adjust how you are looking at your computer screen.
This North Carolina home provides an example of a clean slate to design an office space that works best for you and your body. Check out the beautiful home to get inspired here.
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