How often do you hear tales of people working from their dining room table? Or camping out with piles of work in their bedroom recliner? As a college student, I often find myself in this scenario when studying for final exams or writing a paper. I’m not the only one, I’m sure. In this fast paced world, more and more people are working from home.As work stretches out from 9 to 5 to be something we do at home after hours and on weekends, I think it is more critical than ever to be surrounded by a great, well-designed and comfortable environment when we do that work.
Working from home can be a challenge. It can be difficult to set a specific amount of time for work and allow the rest of the time for home life. It is at this point where great design can be our biggest ally. The ideal home office consists of a storage area, a workspace, and a door to close it off from the rest of your home. It is very important that your home office be a productive area that is conducive to efficient work so that when your set hours are up, you can resume your family life.
In addition to your home office being a creative and industrious space, the rest of your home should be a haven for you to escape from work and focus on your physical and emotional well-being. This can be as simple as keeping clutter to a minimum or finishing up projects around the house. Here are some tips to help make your home a sanctuary:
- Turn the overheard lights off and use your lamps. You will be surprised at the how the glow makes you feel.
- Add luscious plants to help create the feeling of a luxurious spa.
- Light a candle and take in the fantastic aroma.
- Clear your counter tops and put each item in its place, it will help you concentrate on your daily tasks.
- Find a great Jazz or Classical CD and play it while you are cooking or getting ready for work it will help clear your mind (Try aolradio.com. It has various Jazz stations that are great!)
Hopefully, these ideas – and the right home office furnishings— will help you in that all-important balance between work and home.