Working from home has many benefits, including a super-short commute, access to your own fridge and pantry, and being able to work in whatever clothes you want to wear! The feel of your home office is a key component in keeping positive energy flowing for your business or employer. Even though it’s at home, you want your office to also feel professional, organized, and reflect who you are! With this in mind, it’s important to give your office a visual checkup every few months to make sure it’s contributing positively to your mood. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself.
- Do I need to pick up and organize clutter?
We all know it’s easy to set some papers off to the side for another time. And then to do it again the next day. Pretty soon, the pile starts growing bigger. Perhaps there are multiple piles! Add to that a few errant paper clips, a roll of tape and a random stapler, and you have yourself a mess. It’s OK to put things off to the side, but the key is to have an organized place for them!
Suggestion – Invest in an artistic desktop organizer. Below is a vintage wood desk organizer that I find practical and visually appealing. For something even more affordable, a cheap and colorful plastic paper basket will add a useful pop of color.
2. Does I feel spacious or claustrophobic?
Even in a small home office, there are tricks to make it feel more spacious!
Suggestions: Arrange furniture so that the center of the space is open. Make the most of natural lighting by keeping window areas unobstructed. Open your shades during the day and position your computer monitor so as to avoid glare. Perhaps place or hang a mirror on a wall! Mirrors give the impression of added space.
Here is a mirror that will make you smile:
3. Do your home office feel homey?
When you look around your office, do you just see impersonal objects like paper, a computer, and file folders? Or do you see objects with meaning to you?
Suggestion: Add photos of family and friends! Take a fun trip recently? Frame a photo of it! Need to see your smiling wife, husband or kids before heading into a meeting? Frame a photo of that too!
4. Do you have plant life in your office?
A living, breathing plant adds peaceful energy and aesthetic appeal to any office space.
Suggestion: Place a low-maintenance indoor plant in your office.
I personally like peace lillies and snake plants:
5. Do you have art in your office?
Artwork on the walls can serve as a conversation piece, enhance visual appeal, and also add personal meaning to your office.
Suggestion: Hang any artwork that makes you feel good, whether a peaceful flower, a portrait of your family (or pet), or a painting of a favorite vacation spot!