APRIL 6, 2020
CREATING A HOME OFFICE
And now for a few tips on how to create a home office that is functional, uncluttered and provides you with a stunning space to work in.
1. Consider the lighting – while a good bright light is great for your mood and productivity, ensure that it doesn’t shine directly onto your computer screen. I have artificial and natural light sources in my office, which is a superb way to provide good overall lighting. Adding a desk lamp is not only great in the way of lighting, but also provides a decorative element to your desk.
2. Decor and artwork are essential for a work space. Perhaps a few family photographs or a symbol of power. Décor adds personality and you have so many choices without having to leave the house – shop in your own home for the ideal pieces.
3. Greenery – plants and fresh flowers are a wonderful way to add life to any room, especially the office. You don’t have a green thumb? Try a faux plant, just keep it clean and dust free.
4. And keep a tidy office. Nothing is more detrimental than a cluttered and disorganized workspace. Store items on bookshelves, baskets and cabinets.
5. Hide any items you don’t like looking at. I have a client who hates seeing the printer and we provided her with a special pull out drawer for her printer so that she could close it when not in use. Run a power strip behind the desk to ensure cords are out of sight as much as possible.
6. Ergonomics are important too. The top of the computer screen should be at eye level and your keyboard should be positioned so that your forearms are parallel to the floor. Adjust your chair so that your feet are planted on the floor (or a footrest, should you be short). I love my high back chair as it supports me in the back, neck and head. Always adjust your chair to your own height and comfort level.