Create an Effective Workspace at Home

Forget about cramming a small desk and metal chair into a room and calling it your office. Instead, design a home office that reflects the comfort of your own home as well as your personal style. Not only will it help you work more efficiently, but it will also enhance your work life! So here are nine tips to help you create an effective workspace that you deserve!

Paint a Color You Love
If there is a color that you absolutely love and keeps you motivated, consider painting your office with that color. However, don’t paint all the walls the same color. Think about using the color you love as a statement wall and opt for neutrals for the other walls.

Don’t Sacrifice Form From Function
Before you invest in furniture, think about your workflow. Only buy furniture that will serve you, not the other way around. Look for pieces that are beautiful and functional that will enhance your efficiency and will keep you working!

Create a Comfy Space
Your desk is for active work. However, when you need to read something or think, it’s better to sit somewhere comfy. Not only will it help break up a monotonous workday, but it will also provide a space to get creative. This is constantly overlooked for home offices, but it offers the most perks. If you have the space in your office, think about creating a comfy corner to think.

Add Greenery and Art
Bring the outside in by adding greenery to your office. Plants are known to make people happier. However, if you don’t feel like looking after a houseplant, decorate with art that you absolutely love and inspires you.

Embrace Natural Light, But Have Lamps
Don’t recreate the corporate cubical by placing your desk against a wall. Embrace natural light and place your desk near windows. However, don’t forget to have lamps in your office for the later hours. Don’t depend solely on overhead lighting; it is highly inadequate for work. So try a small table lamp that has a softer glow.

Follow Ergonomic Rules
There are a few ergonomic rules to follow that will help you stay focused and working all day. First, your computer should either be at eye level or a little below, which will combat against eye fatigue. Make sure your arms and feet have something to rest on. Your arms should be parallel to the floor while you feet should be firmly on the floor (or foot rest if you are smaller). Most importantly you should have an ergonomic chair that you’ll love sitting in. Having a chair that makes your feel comfortable all day will help you “put in the hours.”

Get Creative with Storage
Using the square footage of your home office successfully is a huge aspect of an effective workspace. Storage can often times take up a lot of space in home offices. So get creative and figure out what works best for you. Would a bookcase work better than a filing cabinet? If your home office is on the smaller side organize vertically and horizontally to conserve space. Or if you’ve turned the guest room into a home office, utilize the closet space to stay organized.

Hide Things You Don’t Want to Look At
Seeing all those unwanted cords can become an eyesore for you office. So try and hide them as much as you can so it doesn’t affect your workflow!

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If you work from home constantly you’ll want to stock up on everyday office supplies that are essential to your work. This will keep you from running out to the supply store every few minutes. Also, consider having a small fridge or coffee maker in your office so you won’t have to travel too far from your work. Just remember to take a break! You don’t want to end up spending all your time in your office.

10 Ways to Declutter Your House

1. Make a Date With Your Space
Decluttering any space, let alone your house, takes a good amount time. So, block off a morning or afternoon and begin organizing. However, don’t expect to get the whole house done in a day. It’ll take time to clean and organize every room!

2. Make a Plan of Attack
Before you start organizing make a plan of attack. What room are you going to start with? How much do you want to achieve in the time you set aside? It’s usually a good idea to start with the area in your house that is the most frustrating. Get this space out of the way and you’ll feel unstoppable.

3. Arm Yourself
It’s smart to get your supplies ready before you start organizing. You’ll need trash bags, for trash and for recyclables, a box for charitable items, and a box for items that don’t belong in that space. Also, it’s a good idea to clean the space while your organizing it. Have cleaning supplies around to wipe down the area once everything is cleared out of the space. Not only will the space be organized, but it will also be clean as well.

4. Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
The best way to declutter your house is to focus on one space at a time. It’s nearly impossible to clean the whole house in an entire day. Go room by room and don’t start another room if you’re feeling unfocused. You’ll most likely organize less because you’ll be frustrated and less efficient.

5. Organize First; Buy Second
It’s tempting to buy a bunch of containers to help you organize, but you should always organize before you buy any containers. You never know what containers will function best in your space. So organize first and then assess what you need container-wise.

6. Group Like Items Together
When organizing, a good way to get through a bunch of clutter is to group like items together. Do you have a bunch of black pants that you hardly wear? Keep two or three pairs and donate the rest. The same goes for any other like items as well!

7. Be Honest With Yourself
The hardest part of organizing is being honest with yourself. It’s always hard to let things go, but if you haven’t worn or used an item in a year its best to get rid of it. Don’t try to convince yourself that you’ll use it later down the road. If you haven’t used it already, you won’t use it later.

8. Elevate Items Off The Floor
The easiest and quickest way to make any room look more organized is to elevate items off the floor. Don’t let toys, tools, or clothes sit around on the floor, use shelving to your advantage and get those items off the floor.

9. Complete Each Task Completely
Your house will never be decluttered if you don’t follow through with each task. Never stop in the middle of organizing and leave a room unfinished. You’re more likely to never go back to finish decluttering the room. Instead, go room by room and make sure to complete each task completely before moving on!

10. Your Space Will Get Messy Again — Don’t Worry
Just because you’ve decluttered your house doesn’t mean that it will stay that way. Expect regular upkeep. There are always ingoing and outgoing items that will eventually clutter your home. However, because you’ve organized the house before, it will be easier tidying up when things get a little messy.

Bonus: Get Through Organizing By Having Fun!
How can organizing be fun you ask? Well, there plenty of ways! Make organizing a design challenge. Integrate your personal style into the storage bins you choose and make it a part of the overall room design. Or make it a game! Make a set of rules and goals for yourself and you’ll find that your organize a room quicker!