We live in a time where more and more people are working from home. What is the state of your home office? If you find yourself living around a mass of clutter, it’s time to get your home office in order! Your office setup will consist of a work space for your computer, an area to keep books and notebooks, and an area for supplies and any archival filings. In general, everything should have a place.
I love the concepts taught by Marie Kondo in her “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” If you follow her rules, you will find success. Discard things first and think about storing them second. As you go through your office things, pick up each item and ask yourself, “Does this object spark joy?” If you have no use for an item and no longer need it, thank it and discard. When I say discard, if it’s an item that can be donated, please do so, and recycle your paper. If it’s too much for you or the paper has sensitive information on it, there are shredding centers that can handle this for you. Your local office supply store will offer a paper shredding option, click here for more information.
Once you have your things in order, you can get down to decorating! My favorite part! I set up an IdeaBook on Houzz for you to peruse and get some ideas, click here to view. If you are starting from scratch and need to set up your home office, click here to see some lovely furniture options from Pottery Barn. If you prefer a minimalist, and modern look (also affordable) click here to see options from Ikea. Keep in mind that your office does not have to be void of color, in fact, I highly recommend adding colors that make you happy, creative and inspire you. Check out these colorful filing systems from the Container Store, very fun!
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Add a fresh coat of paint and window treatments to let in natural light. If your home office gets afternoon sun, you will want a way to keep the sun out of your eyes. Consider a window option that lets light in without it being direct; such as shutters or blinds.
Add proper lighting for your work and comfort; this will mean more than a desk lamp. The desk lamp serves as task lighting, and the ambient light will fill your office with a soft light. For an in-depth article on how to choose the proper desk lamp for you click here.
Add a chair for guests and a new spot for you to sit if you need a break from the computer.
Add a beautiful rug.
Add artwork that brings you joy. The artwork could be a wonderful place you love to vacation, your kid’s artwork, or inspirational quotes. Incorporate whatever sparks your happiness!
If you are considering a new office chair, there are several things to take into account. If your job requires that you work in front of a computer, you will want the proper chair for your desk, click here to read a fabulous article from ApartmentTherapy.com on the six things you need to look for in an office chair. If you have problems with your back, neck, or posture consider a Balance Ball Chair, click here for more information. The Gaiam website states, “The Balance Ball Chair provides all-day ergonomic support for a stronger healthier back. By sitting on the ball, you’ll improve your posture and spinal alignment while getting a powerful core-strengthening workout.”
For tips on ways to hide cables, unsightly router or cable boxes, click here to view my Pinterest board. I also found this fabulous article on how to hide cables, click here to read.
If you need help picking out the right desk, fabric, paint color or trying to arrange your office setup, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 for a consultation or fill out a contact email. I look forward to helping you be more productive and happy in your home office space!
I recently had the opportunity to do an Interior Redesign on a business space that I wanted to share with you. I worked with Ann Marie of Ann Marie Casey Photography in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. I loved having the opportunity to redesign this business as too often owners do not take into account their surroundings, which I do not understand since we spend many hours a day in our work environment. I found this article on Forbes titled, “5 Small Workspace Changes That Will Make You More Productive” describing some things that can make a difference in employee productivity such as color therapy, lighting, and work space comfort. Wouldn’t you love an environment for yourself and your employees that is conducive to productivity? If people feel closed off and drab while they work, how will this translate into their quality of work? After talking with Ann Marie about the reason why she contacted me, I asked if she would kindly answer some questions that I would love to include in a post to share with everyone … and this is what she said:
What made you want to hire a professional redesigner for your office?
We wanted our meeting room to fall inline with our brand and the quality level of services we provided. By hiring a professional interior designer, it allowed us to achieve the “look” we were striving for and stay within our budget. First impressions and comfort are very important to our business, and we wanted to create a room that met both expectations while showcasing our product lines.
What was your biggest surprise as a result of the redesign?
Our biggest surprise was how easy it was to bring in a professional. We had been trying to do it our self, spending way too much time and effort. Working with Debbieshe utilized what we already had, moved it, tweaked it, and gave us a very specific list of items to purchase and items to remove. Had we hired Debbiefrom the beginning we would have saved not only time and aggravation but money, as well.
Would you recommend Redesign Right to a friend?
Already have! Working with Redesign Right was fantastic. We are firm believers in working with professionals who are talented in their perspective field. Debbieis not only talented but friendly, efficient and conscious of her client’s expectations.
If so, could you give a short summary as to how you benefited from working with DebbieCorreale.
Debbieeducated us that there is value in hiring a professional interior designer. In the long run, she saved us time, effort, money and delivered a room that exceeded our expectations. She was not only professional, but really fun to work with. She allows you to be a part of the process. As a person who likes direction, she provided a detailed list of items we would need, assisted in the shopping process, but allowed us to select the items we wanted. I personally as well as professionally cannot wait for the next project!
Thank You Ann Marie for taking the time to send me your responses; it was such a pleasure to work with you and your lovely business! (By the way, Ann Marie is responsible for my lovely head shot that was recently updated.) To learn more about what is involved in the redesign, visit my website by clicking here. If you are a business and would like to freshen up your environment for yourself and your employees, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for a consultation.