If you’re still working from home but have avoided setting up a designated work-at-home space, here’s your sign to create one. With so much time spent in your at-home workspace, it’s crucial to remain organized and separate from your home life. Here are a few simple yet important tips to get you started.
Choose a Spot with a Window
Sitting at a desk with a view of the outdoors will be valuable year-round. Windows provide natural light, and you can hang up and place indoor plants on the windowsill to add some greenery and natural purifiers to your at-home workspace. You may choose to point your desk toward the window or at an angle so you can enjoy the natural light and beautiful outdoor views. Remember to choose an at-home work spot that is as separate from your “home” life as possible, whether that be a guest bedroom, a basement, or a home gym.
Your job may require the use of one or two computers or laptops, paper and pen, a whiteboard, and other materials and utensils. Because of this, you need proper storage to keep your work-at-home space organized.
You may want to purchase a shelf for your desk or for the wall behind or next to your desk. Or you may want additional drawers or cubbies to keep all your work materials in. Consider how much stuff you need to store and how organized you’d like it to look on a day-by-day basis. Oftentimes, more storage options will keep your desk looking more organized, which can help you stay more focused throughout the workday.
While natural light from a window is ideal, you may not be able to set up a desk space near one, or you may work during hours where natural light isn’t available anyway. Either way, consider lighting and how lit up you’d like your workspace.
Soft lighting is ideal if your job requires a lot of screen time. You may get a lamp with a soft bulb and a darker shade. If you want bright lighting, you may want a lamp with a bright bulb and a white or cream-colored shade. You may get one of each so you can decide daily!
As you can see, lighting and storage can help keep you focused during the workday while you’re also at home. Consider these tips as you finally create your long-awaited, work-at-home space!