From Jessica: Home offices are often spatially limited. Unless you work full-time from home, and it makes sense for you to dedicate a substantial part of your space to your office, you’re likely to wind up with a workspace that’s gotten the leftovers—the small room, suboptimal lighting. It can feel cramped with just a chair and a desk. Fortunately, there are still several things you can do to make the most of even the smallest space. It’s time and energy well spent, too, as a properly set up home office will aid in creativity, productivity and general feelings of happiness, meaning you’re more likely to enjoy your time working.
1. Consider your layout
When planning your space, try to refrain from placing your desk right up against the wall or in the corner of the room. Instead, move your desk close to the windows, this is the most ideal setup because it takes advantage of natural light and will give you the most happiness.
2. Get organized
Creating a successful home office is dependent on creative organization. A good rule of thumb is that any supplies or files you use often should be easily accessible. Although not the most attractive piece of furniture, filing cabinets are very practical for organizing your papers. Invest in bookcases that are big enough so your belongings aren’t cramped.
3. Simplify your set-up
The more things you have cluttering your office, the harder it is to keep everything organized. This concept applies not only to the layout of your office space but also your computer. Stay on top of sorting and deleting files you no longer need. A good rule is to keep your desktop as clear as possible with only a few folders that you’re working on. Maintain minimalistic organization and a tidy desk.
4. Use proper lighting—natural light is best
Choose a room in your house or apartment for your office that allows plenty of natural light. This creates a good working-space foundation that can be enhanced with more direct lighting. You can achieve good balanced light by adding task lighting (either decorative or functional), desk lamps or floor lamps around your work area.
5. Invest in good seating
If you spend the majority of your day seated at your desk, you should choose your desk chair wisely to make sure you are properly supported. Here are a couple that look good and feel good, too. Alternatively, you can choose to try out a standing desk—a home office is a perfect place to make a dramatic change in how you work.
6. Add personal touches
Personal touches in your home office can generate positive energy and good workflow. They can be anything with meaning to you—photographs or posters, hints of your favorite color. The décor and furniture in your office will have an impact on your mood as well as your productivity, so put some thought into how you decorate your space. Pinboards and pretty picture frames will give you a natural place to display your inspiration.