A lack of space when it comes to allocating an area for work at home needn’t be a huge hurdle. I’m going to tell you about some simple steps towards creating your own work space.
As many more of us are “WFO” whether it be half the week or just one day, our homes are required to be multi-functional. Most offices have been designed for the sole purpose of work, though that is changing as the line between home and work begins to smudge. Much to the delight of many, we are becoming a society that sees the importance of making work enjoyable, sociable and actually good for our health, both physically and mentally.
When you’re at home you tend to have many seating or standing positions as you inhabit the space, a work space should be part of that flow whilst also allowing for concentration on the task.
1. Create a space that is just for you and your work
Get rid of anything that is distracting or reminds you of other things you could be doing, even things like clothes drying racks, boxes that should be in the loft. You’ll get a lot more done in your working day allowing you to have breaks and your evenings free to crack on with your home chores.
2. De-clutter before you re-clutter
Having lots of things around you when working isn’t all bad, but make sure you start with a clean slate. You want to add in things, not layer on top of others.
3. Keep it clean and organised
Hoover and dust your work area as much as you would the rest of your house. At the end of each day, clear your work surfaces and file things away where possible and keep a little duster nearby to give your desk a quick wipe down.
Whether you work in the creative industry or not, it’s good to create a sort of mood board that is changeable, that you keep on a wall near your desk. This can be a constant source of inspiration and enable you to keep on track with your plans. Another idea is to use some whiteboard paint, you can get it in a matt finish so you actually can’t see it on the wall. I used Smart Wall paint in a recent design for someone’s home office, it’s brilliant for brainstorming and sketching out big ideas.
6. Use colour
Colour can really help to focus your mind, deep blues particularly. If you are able to have different areas in your office, then you can create different mood boards that spark your interests, you certainly don’t need to paint an entire wall.
7. Pay attention to your posture
I suppose you’ve heard by now that sitting is the new smoking. Humans were not made to sit down all day long, but if you are having to do so for fairly long periods of time, ensure that your chair is at the correct height for you, your legs/knees should be at a right-angle when your feet are firmly on the floor, and that the top of your screen is at eye level. I went to a talk during Clerkenwell Design Week at SteelCase and learnt a great deal about the way we interact with our working spaces, you have to consider the amount of time you actually spend at work, compared to either being at home or sleeping… it’s a lot of time to be sitting!
8. Light your space
One of the main delights of working from home is that you can be flexible about where you want to work. Choose an area that is well lit, preferably near a window. Pay attention to the way daylight moves around your home and where possible, move with it!
9. Shut down
Once you have completed your work tasks for the day, make sure you save your work (of course) and shut down your computer, that way you will make sure you actually complete tasks rather than leaving them open for your arrival the next day.
10. Plants are your quiet friends
Invest in some glorious green friends, they will not only keep you company, but also help with your oxygen levels whilst giving you something to look after too. If you can’t work outside, then a few large house plants can bring nature in.
I’m not a fan of odd numbers, so I’m leaving it at 10. however – one tip that doesn’t relate to interiors is to make sure you refresh - Keep a stash of healthy snacks, take regular breaks and get outside.
All images can be found on my Pinterest board – Office Design