Home decor ideas you will need to get the space you need.
For those who are not used to it, working from home can be extremely difficult. Read this wonderfully appropriate account of what to expect and when to let go. One thing I realized very early in my career is that while I wouldn’t thrive in a traditional office space, I needed to recreate my version of that home environment to be productive. Here are some containment decorating ideas I’ve learned over the years that might help you.
Cut out a “work area”
Distractions are just something you will have to deal with (as I type this I have a cat huddled in my lap vying for my attention and another desperately trying to squat on my laptop). But you can minimize disruption by finding an area in your home that is relatively secluded. I am well aware that this is not an easy task. I would like to have a dedicated room for an office, but I have no space.
I also realized that working in the living room with other family members going about their day or the TV in the background was not going to work. I transformed a cozy corner of my bedroom into a workspace. For couples who work from home, you can try sharing this space. Just make sure your router is placed nearby and the area is well lit.
Don’t underestimate the power of a desk
My first big purchase for my home office was a nice, functional desk. Buying a table is not feasible, if not possible, at the moment. The easiest option is to turn the dining table into your workspace. However, I would only keep this as a last resort. You can instead try using the coffee table or dressing table as a temporary work desk. Maybe your closet has an open alcove that you could empty out for now or use a shelf in that open shelf. You can also turn an ottoman or even a bed tray into a makeshift desk.
Make sure your seat supports your back
Most people don’t have an aftermarket ergonomic chair, so you’ll likely end up using a dining chair. A padded back works well, but remember to stretch every hour or you will be sore at the end of the day. An ergonomic shape or sleep memory pillow also relieves your back.
If you are using a low surface such as an ottoman, set up comfortable seating on the floor with your back against the wall and cushions to support you at a comfortable height. Don’t sit on the sofa and place your laptop on the coffee table. The constant bending will eventually wreak havoc on your back. Another tip, don’t work from your bed – you won’t be very productive and this posture is very bad for your back.
Organize your files
Chances are, your temporary office doesn’t need storage. But if you need to, improvise a filing cabinet for now. You can empty a bedside or end table for this purpose and place it next to your workstation. You can also add magazine racks or stacked storage baskets to your list of “locked home decor ideas”.
Separate “work clothes” for the home
Some people have found that dressing in office attire, even at home, helps keep their routine and makes them more productive. If that works for you, go for it. For most of us, however, unless there is a conference call, we usually find ourselves in our pajamas. It’s inevitable – don’t try to fight it. What I have done is separate my loungewear from the nightwear and work clothes for the home, and I never mix the two.
It might seem like a silly ritual, but just getting dressed goes a long way. You’re also more productive if you don’t wear those comfy pajamas that you usually associate with sleep. So, for now, choose three to four comfortable outfits that you will only wear during your working time.
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