Right now, a significant portion of working adults in the world have shifted to working from home. Some of us have a home office while some of us are setting up in whatever space we can find in our homes. Regardless of what kind of space you have, we can all agree that establishing a great work from home space can really contribute to overall productivity and happiness.
Personally, I find that being stuck in a drab space or an uncomfortable space makes me reluctant to actually start working, but it is so easy to make some changes that can easily improve your workspace; and all with a reasonable price tag! Check out my picks for how to easily elevate your home office and make it a place you are eager to come back to every morning!
Disclosure: Please keep in mind that many of the links provided below are affiliate links which means that I am compensated if you do decide to make a purchase. Whether or not you do so is completely up to you!
1. Buy a comfy chair
Okay, I admit that I am starting the list off with something that has the potential to be more expensive, but it’s for a good reason. Whether we like it or not, most of us end up spending a lot of time in our office chairs. Why force your booty and back to spend so much time with a chair that doesn’t treat them well?
Even though I do have an ergonomic chair that I love, I am actually really considering investing in a good gamer chair. If anyone is a gamer or has a gamer in their life, they will know that an experienced savant of the video game arts can spend HOURS sitting in a chair, and the reason why they can do that comfortably is because the chairs are built to accommodate that! I have linked a few of my picks above! They can get a little bit pricey, but I honestly think that you can find great chairs for under $100 if you look hard enough!
2. Find a stylish desk that fits your lifestyle
When I was designing my home office, the thing that I was the most excited about was choosing the perfect desk. I spent hours and hours scouring the web for something that would be both practical and cute. I landed on a lovely, white L-shaped desk that is simplistic while providing a lot of storage options for me and my clutter that I absolutely adore (let’s not mention the assembly; that was a nightmare).
But not everyone needs a massive desk like that in their lives. Some prefer something much more minimalistic; others want a standing desk; others don’t even have a home office and just need something small enough to cram into a corner of their garage. We’re all different, so you just need to find what works for you and your space!
3. Master cable management & other organization techniques
A few weeks ago, my workplace hosted a workplace safety seminar…while we were all working from home with no immediate return date. I joked with my friends that it seemed pretty silly to tell us not to leave bags and wires in areas with heavy traffic in an office no one was going to.
Then, about fifteen minutes later, I tripped over my phone charger while going to grab some water from my kitchen.
That moment of instant karma made me realize how important it is to have proper cable management in one’s office–both for your mental health and physical health. That goes for other organizational tools as well! I have linked a few cute things I found from Amazon–all in rose gold!
I can’t remember how many times I have gotten tangled up in the jumble of cords beneath my desk, and I have been much happier after getting that sorted out. Do yourself a favor and keep those cords, files, and electronics organized!
4. Light up your space
I’ve always been guilty of reading in dim light and surfing the web in the dark. Even during the daytime, I have always been a big fan of natural light, and disliked having lots of lights on in my home.
Now that I am involved in a lot more videoconferencing for both work and play, I have discovered the importance of good lighting. I looked blurry and ill when I hopped onto Zoom calls with my poor lighting.
This led to my brother giving me a wise piece of advice: that a ring light is a really good way to look presentable and professional on camera–it isn’t just for Youtube beauty gurus! You don’t even need to buy the most expensive one on the market; there are tons of options, and all are great! The one I linked is compatible with tons of different phones and includes different lighting settings.
If you aren’t keen to invest in a ring light, I also really like this brass desk lamp from Amazon. I have one in my office, and I think it adds a bit of character in addition to being a good light source!
5. Get a house plant
This might seem like a no-brainer, but adding a plant to your workspace can really freshen up a space that fees a little bit dull. You don’t even need a real plant; a fake one works just as well! No watering required!
I personally have a fake plant on my desk, and it is a perfect way to add some decoration without clashing with anything you already have. It really makes your space look more put together and homey!
6. Add decor!
Personally, I try not to go too crazy with decor items in my home office space as I get distracted very, very easily. However, I highly recommend that you place some items in your office that not only add a personal touch but make you happy!
For instance, I have a massive tapestry depicting a map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Honestly, it’s a little distracting–not to mention super nerdy–, but it makes me happy which is the most important thing!
Try adding a print or a frame with some nice photos; anything that can add something extra to make your office *chef’s kiss* exquisite. For interesting prints, I love to browse Society6. The artists there are so talented, and I have found so many beautiful pieces to decorate my home with!
I have the “Let the Sunshine In” and the “Love Wish Lanterns” prints already. The “Lanterns” print reminds me of the movie, Tangled, so I love it to bits.
Homegoods is another great resource for affordable decor pieces that I love! It is so much fun to look for pieces of art that really speak to you, so enjoy the process
And that’s it! Six easy ways to elevate your home office space, whether that is an actual room dedicated to your work or a space within your home that you have taken over. For some people, working from home is not ideal, but you can make it better by creating a space that puts a smile on your face!
How has remote work been going for you? Any perks that you are loving? Let me know!