It’s no secret that a clean space can help you to be more productive. When you work from home, anything that can improve your productivity is well worth the effort.
That’s why having a clean and organized home office is essential. Also, adding some personal touches here and there to make your home office more glamorous and chic will only instill more professionalism in your work.
Here are nine different ways you can make your home office clean and chic:
1. Keep the Clutter Out
First and foremost, do whatever you can to stop clutter from forming in your office space.
Once clutter starts, it’s really hard to get rid of. That’s why it’s important to set up an organizational system to nip this habit in the bud.
Follow the philosophy of “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Know where everything goes and put it back after you use it…every…time. Period.
The idea that you are too busy and you’ll put it back later never works out that way.
2. Invest in Beauty
It’s an odd notion to think of adding beauty as a way to keep your office clean but it works.
Think of it this way. Would you work harder at maintaining an item you thought was ugly or clean?
Having beautiful things in your office will help to motivate you to make your office space worthy of such beautiful things.
Instead of a boring office chair, consider a regal-looking velvet chair.
Add some fresh flowers in an ornate vase to your desk.
Purchase gold and marble desk accessories.
Install a chandelier above your desk.
These are just a few ways you can invest in beauty for your home office.
3. Use a Wall Calendar
Not just any wall calendar, but one that sticks with the philosophy of adding beauty and function to your office.
Wall calendars have really come up in the last few decades. Long gone are the boring paper black and white calendars.
Gold framed, dry erase calendars with fancy fonts and floral backgrounds are the new norm.
Use one like this to schedule your days in style.
4. Find Inspiration
Like professional athletes that don their walls with posters of their role models or inspirational sayings to keep them on track, work from homers can also use this tactic.
Finding a favorite piece of art to place on the wall or placing a photo of their dream destination can help those working hard at a desk remember why they are doing what they do.
For some, pictures of their loved ones are what inspire them to work hard. Frame these and hang them where you can easily see them while you work.
5. Have a Filing System
One thing that will inevitably begin to pile up in a home office is paper. Even when the paper has nothing to do with your work, somehow it will end up in the home office.
The best way to combat this problem is to have a good filing system in place. When you have a place to keep your papers organized, not only will you keep this pile of papers off your desk but you won’t lose any important documents.
6. Allow for Plenty of Light
To improve the atmosphere in your home office, you will want to allow for the possibility of plenty of light.
Natural light is the best but if that isn’t possible, ensure that your home office has multiple sources and types of light.
A desk lamp, a floor lamp, and overhead lights are all important types of light to have in your home office.
7. Add Stylish Shelving
Shelves are the best way to add storage space to your home office but don’t settle for the bland traditional wooden floor shelves.
Instead, choose a stylish shelving unit that is not just customizable for your needs but also looks great and adds to the overall design of your office.
8. Use Layers of Comfort
There’s no rule that says a workspace has to be staunch and uncomfortable. In fact, the more comfortable you are in your office, the more time you will want to spend there.
You can up your comfort levels in your office by adding special touches such as a plush area rug, throw blankets, and soft pillows.
These small additions can make a big impact.
9. Consider Feng Shui
Feng shui is the philosophy that teaches that the placement of furniture or items in our home can influence our senses.
To learn how to practice this in your home office, read this article.
It can certainly be a challenge to work from home but with these nine tips, you can ensure that your office space doesn’t make you feel stifled.
In fact, you may actually enjoy your time in your office more than any other room in the house.