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Tips for Working from Home

As many people are working from home now, I wanted to address some of the work-at-home issues you may be encountering and offer tips. If you already have a home office, you will still find beneficial advice in this article.

Create a workspace, preferably with a door.

You will want this separate from daily life, away from distractions. If you don’t have a separate room or a guest room, transform the space that you have. I’ve heard of people transforming closets and attics into workspaces.

Clean the space and remove all the clutter.

Add a desk and chair.

If you have a desk, move it into this space or consider purchasing one if you don’t have anything you can use. Keep in mind that how you sit, the desk height, the type of chair you sit in will affect your health. Depending on your size and desk requirements, you will want to choose the right desk for you, click here for tips. Depending on how much you are sitting at your desk, you will need a comfortable chair, click here for how to choose a chair.

Arrange your desk for maximum light and an open feeling.

Try arranging your desk in different ways. I like to place a desk facing the door using the “power of position” in Feng Shui. Depending on how much space you have, you could put your desk perpendicular to the wall or away from the wall leaving enough space for your desk chair. Having your back to the wall allows for the perception of more light and openness.

Add light.

Open all window coverings to maximize the amount of natural light that comes into the room. Move lamps from other areas of the home to create the light needed.

Create a feeling in the room that brings you joy.

For example, if you have a favorite photo or piece of artwork, hang it so that you can see it. Move plants, accessories, whatever creates a peaceful environment for you to work in from the rest of your home into your workspace.

Extra tips:

  • If you are on the phone or in online meetings, you may want to invest in a decent headset.
  • If you are someone who cannot work without sound, move your home assistant, Google Home, or Alexa device, into your office area. Play ambient music (or whatever works for you) at a level that isn’t distracting. If there is too much noise happening outside your office, consider using a sound machine that will flatten out those noises and allow you to focus on your work.
  • If you have a family, set up rules. A family discussion on how this will work is critical to a functioning household. If you and your spouse are both working from home, discuss work schedules, and have morning or evening check-ins to discuss the plan for the next day if changes are required.
  • Working from home can be sedentary. Be sure to move every hour, set a timer on your phone. Take mid-day walks outside for a change of scenery.
  • Stay connected! Try one of these ideas:
  1. Set up morning coffee break meetings with co-workers.
  2. Eat lunch separately from your desk.
  3. Schedule video lunch breaks with friends and co-workers. Having these connections will create stability in an otherwise unstable feeling situation.

Hang in there, you may find you enjoy working from home!

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Create Your Dream Home Office

I recently had the opportunity to redesign the home office of Melanie Cerone, Ph.D., who offers Canine Behavior Consulting. First, I want to dispel some myths you may have about a home office:

  1. They do not have to consist of furniture that no one wants.
  2. Your home office should represent you! If you want a feminine look, go for it, and create the vision you have in your mind.
  3. Your home office can be practical and beautiful!

Melanie wanted a feminine yet professional look using a color palette of taupe, gray, pink, and white. The result is stunning!

If you need help creating a room in your home, please give me a call Redesign Right, LLC610.955.8202 or email, and we can get started!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Photos owned by Debbie Correale.

How to Setup and Decorate a Home Office

officeWe 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!

5 Point Home Office Checklist:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add a chair for guests and a new spot for you to sit if you need a break from the computer.
  4. Add a beautiful rug.
  5. 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.

Redesign RightIf 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!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Decorating Solutions for the Home Office

To successfully organize and decorate a home office – you first need to understand exactly how the office is used.  If you have multiple family members using the office at one time and little space, potentially a system such as this one from the ContainerStore.com could fulfill your needs.  They offer the ELFA system where you can put together your own layout.  As this photo from Better Homes & Gardens depicts, you don’t have to give up on a beautiful decor in the home office!

If you battle with clutter, your best bet is to start with a system.  HGTV.com offers a great check list for your home office, in summary:

  1. Invest in adequate furniture.
  2. Establish activity centers.
  3. Properly place the hardware and peripherals.
  4. Conceal Cables and Wires.
  5. Establish a paper processing area.

To read the full report from HGTV.com, click here.

Invest in a good paper shredder and shred those old bills, receipts, etc.  If you do not want to keep paper files, scan your important documents into your computer and store them in easy to find folders.  If you do store your papers on your computer, be sure to back up your system frequently in case something happens to your computer!

Organizer, Anna Sicalides of AnnaOrganizesU.com offers these great tips for you and your home office, “Prior to doing your taxes, take all of the 2012 paperwork, bank statements, etc. and put them together with your tax paperwork

Toss all your appliance manuals, yes, toss them…you can go online to the manufacturer’s websites to get the information that you need.  There are also websites that have manuals safemanuals.com and manualsonline.com are two places to get manuals online.

Go through your email, search for the term “unsubscribe” review all of your newsletters and delete the ones that you no longer care about. Set a goal of unsubscribing from a minimum of 50% of the ones you receive.”

As this photo from Better Homes & Gardens depicts, you don’t have to give up on beautiful decor in the home office!  To help you with your home office redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!