Let’s chat on why home office inspo should be taken seriously. Having worked from home on and off over the years, I have come to appreciate how impactful my home office decor is to my productivity. Your office space can inspire your creative side and boost your efficiency.
What Can We Learn From Examples Of Professional Office Decor?
The positive aspects of working from home are apparent. However, working from home also has some real challenges which can be discouraging and hurt the growth of your business. If we examine some of the benefits of working in a professional environment, we can incorporate some of those ideas right into our own home office spaces. In other words, when you show up for work, you realize you are there for one main reason, to earn a living.
Use Your Home Office Decor For Being Productive
Like many of you, I enjoy my short commute to work butttt…
Since I am passionate about my business, it’s really easy to fall prey to working endlessly, but you need to ask yourself the following question. Do you live to work, or do you work to live? I try my best to follow my husband’s work schedule to give my family the best of me.
Most successful business people will testify that waking up early is vital as you are the most productive. To learn more about my rigid and absurd schedule check out my post The Morning Routine That Changed My Life.
Clock In With Style
This may sound a little odd, but I find it helpful to have a clock in my master bathroom. It helps keep me punctual as it consistently reminds me time never stops. Further, I use Alexa to set timers and alarms throughout my workday.
Limit Your Distractions
Would your family call you endlessly if you were in an office setting? Eh, no! If you find people are not respecting your time, first evaluate what message you are giving out. One phone call can disrupt your workflow for more than the time you are on that conversation.
Set your boundaries and train those around you. If you are unable to do so, you may need to rethink being self-employed. I get you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so communicate your reasons. Don’t over complicate your approach…” Sorry, mom or dad, I couldn’t pick up the phone. I was earning a living, so I don’t have to move back home.”
Here are a few of my favorite ways to create a stylish office. We built a 10-foot long drafting style desk for two. To keep things off my desk, I use wire baskets for paperwork. Once the paperwork is completed they are filed in a cabinet. To define the spaces between my husband and me, I used different tabletop lighting and mugs to hold some odds and ends.
Not sure how or why I currently have construction pencils, screwdrivers or iPad stylus’ in my mug…but I’m sure my husband will think I stole them. My area is too pretty for him, whatever?!
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Home Office Inspo
When designing your office, try to arrange your furniture to best utilize your real estate. For the most part, I like to begin by anchoring the room where the desk will live. What?! I know…let me try to paint you a picture.
In one of our previous properties, we did not have a spare room to create an office. Instead, we used the mudroom which was located off the garage. The previous owner used it as his auto part store, ugh! There was only one wall which would work for our desk. The next challenge was creating storage. Naturally, hubby decided to break a wall and make use of the space under our staircase to hold our printers.
My artsy friend Jill has a beautiful boho-inspired home office. Due to her floor plan, she thought it best to showcase her antique desk in the middle of the room. Once that was decided, she planed her home office decor around it. She removed her closet doors and used her closet for storage.
Surround Yourself With What Inspires You
This should be easy as it’s a personal one. As we become adults we get burdened down with responsibilities, chores, and things that are not fun. Fill your office with things that bring you pleasure. Let me provide with the definition of pleasure: causing a feeling of pleasure or enjoyment, a mood. Now, that we are on the same page – let’s create your mood.
For those of you who are in the creative field, you know what makes you happy and gives you those butterflies…use that to inspire your space.
Home Office Decor On A Budget
A desk is made up of a tabletop and something to hold it up. Keep it simple by purchasing two inexpensive bookshelves for your base and using a piece of wood as your top. Ikea is always a good idea.
Growing up in New Jersey and New York, we are naturally drawn to anything but a cookie-cutter style. So our simple desk would consist of something like… finding an old door as your tabletop and if it’s not leveled, purchase a glass for it. We’re not that simple but we’re frugal.
Make Good Use Of Your Wall Space
- Create a bulletin board using a piece of beautiful fabric.
- Print out your favorite photos or at least just a few.
- Inspirational quotes can be motivating in your work environment.
Your home office decor should be filled with things that will inspire and motivate you to be successful in your business. The office design should be functional but hey let’s make it pretty too 😉
For more home styling tips and tricks drop by anytime. Hey, we’re always up for company.