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5 tips for setting up a home office

Key things to consider include lighting, storage space and design

5 tips for setting up a home office
Setting up a home office is not difficult, but there are elements that need to be taken into consideration in order to make the best of your workplace. You want a clutter-free space with a positive vibe that makes you feel more productive and motivated. Here are 5 ways on how to do accomplish that:

5 tips for setting up a home office
Pick a theme: Home offices should be given just as much creativity and thought into their design as the rest of your house. To make it more organised, choose a colour or design theme and stick with it. Choose calming and balancing shades that help you work better such as blue green or yellow. You can also go for basic colours such as beige and mix them with vibrant-coloured pieces. And don’t neglect your walls. Put up inspiration quotes that motivate you in your line of work, for example.

5 tips for setting up a home office
Choose comfortable furniture: Firstly, you want to have a table and chair in your home office. A couch will not do. A table and chair will increase your productivity and help you stay focused (and not doze off). However, it is essential that you choose ones that are comfortable, even if you have to invest in them. Your back and neck will thank you!

5 tips for setting up a home office
Set up in the right place: You need to consider several elements when deciding where to set up your home office. It’s important to choose a room that you can ‘switch off of work’ from. So preferably, this should not be your bedroom. But even if you can’t pick the room, pick where to locate your desk. Make sure the area has enough light, enough electric plugs for electronic devices and sufficient space and is as away from noisy distractions as possible.

5 tips for setting up a home office
Have organised storage space: You don’t want to work amid clutter and have a hundred documents laying around on your work desk. Clutter makes you feel overwhelmed and stressed therefore less productive. If you have enough space, add a four or six-shelf bookcase near your desk for books or documents. You can add storage boxes for messy parts that look unorganised on shelves. If you don’t have space, add a shelf above your desk.

5 tips for setting up a home office
Get some greenery: It’s been scientifically proven that plants relieve stress. And most work is stressful, even if your work is your passion. Plus, most plants are an inexpensive way of adding a cosy look to your home office. Another added bonus is the fact that you have to water your plants. This will attract you to your office and maybe get you to do more work – and get you closer to building your own empire, perhaps?