For better or worse, our homes have gotten more attention than ever this year. Staying home more has forced us to face the “demons” in our decor and also to adapt them for the increased need for spaces dedicated to work & study. Creating spaces that promote productive, and hopefully happy, time for home schooling and office work alike means finding a good balance between form and function. Balancing the two should ALWAYS be the goal when decorating any room in your home, regardless of its use.
To create a beautiful & functional home office space, like any other room, you need to start with a plan. Ask yourself the following:
- Is your office space more private and away from distractions?
- Do you work mostly on a computer or do you need work space for documents?
- Is your work largely online?
- Does your job require frequent video conferencing?
- Will the space be shared with other family members including children?
Once you’ve decided where, how and who will use the space, the next list you should create is one that addresses purpose and pretty! It’s an office, so put on your thinking cap for a minute. Here’s a partial list to get you started:
- A DOOR for obvious reasons
- An energizing yet peaceful wall color
- Great lighting with as much daylight as possible or daylight equivalent bulbs including a good desk lamp
- Adjustable desk or at least a an adjustable laptop holder
- Extremely comfy office chair and heavy duty floor protector
- Wall clock in easily visible location
- Non-office decor that reflects your hobbies, interests & personality
- Greenery (live plants if possible)
- Good computer monitor to avoid eye strain
- Kick-butt internet speed with WIFI
- Quality, fast wireless printer
- Dedicated business phone line if your day is spent on calls
- Surge protectors
- Soothing artwork
- Dependable, multi-page paper shredder
- Exercise equipment (think small weights, resistance bands etc… for quick workout breaks)
- Desk calendar for visual reminders
- Adequate filing and organizational space
- Backup office supply stash including printer paper, staples, stamps, envelopes, biz cards etc.
- Smart home assistant (Google Home® or Alexa®)
- Bluetooth speakers and a good music subscription
- Easy access to coffee/tea/water & power snacks
- Family photos
- Dry erase board with colored markers & eraser
- A timer or alarm clock for time-sensitive tasks
- Noise cancelling headphones
- A club chair for break time or more relaxed reading
- Easy data backup and retrieval
- Scented candles (if you don’t suffer from allergies or asthma)
- Good pens, note pads & sticky notes
- Good stapler & electric pencil sharpener
- Desktop calculator
You’ll notice these items aren’t in any particular order and there’s a good mix of some things “pretty” & some things “purpose”. It’s best to start with the larger “must-haves” like a desk, chair, computer and lighting and work your way down from there based on necessity. Obviously, you’d need to adapt a few of these elements if home schooling will be the primary task in the office space making sure things are age appropriate and engaging for youngsters.
Our homes have always been where we live. But, at least for the time being, they’re becoming where we work and learn. Good decorating, no matter what, is about creating spaces that are adaptable and customizable to the family living there.
So whether you’re working from home or home schooling, take some time and create a space that is both functional and fabulous. If you’re going to be spending more time in the office, why not make the commute and the destination something to look forward to.
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