Best Home Office Setup For Productivity

Best Home Office Setup For Productivity

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Let us 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.

How Do I Set Up A Home Office?

First take a few moments to review all areas of your home to consider which space would be best claimed as a work environment. Try your best not to rush this process and be mindful that interruptions will affect your productivity.

If you are fortunate enough to have a dedicated room, such as an empty bedroom that can be used for office space, then your space is pretty much an easy setup. However, if this is not your case, look for other areas in your house, such as a finished basement or attic.  

The point is, if you are going to be productive, you would want to avoid having to pack up your office at the end of each workday. Therefore, using a kitchen table or another area that is shared by others in the home would not be the best choice. 

If space is tight, you may need to think outside of the box. 

For example, how about using a large empty closet and removing the doors to create a dedicated space for your work environment? Some people may find this a bit too closed off, and if that is your case, how about finding a corner within a room?

IKEA Desk Ideas

Ikea desk idea

Consider An IKEA Corner Desk Idea

Corner nooks work great for your home office since a corner desk will provide plenty of working space. Second, corners of a room are usually near a window which gives you the extra benefit of sunlight. 

To keep your office area private, consider placing a decorative privacy wall to keep the space divided from the rest of your home.

Adding a privacy wall is especially crucial if your workspace is in your bedroom as this would “allow” you feel a little discounted from your work environment.

How Do I Build A Cheap Home Office?

Many people try to over-complicate this process, but in reality, involves the following: the right desk, a way to stay organized, and some privacy

Since most of your time will be spent on your desk, it’s essential to make this the focal point of your design. Of course, you need to be comfortable as well, so your choice of seating is also important.

Use Professional Office Environments To Get Home Office Inspo

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.

Best Home Office Setup For Productivity

Try To Include The Following
Proper office equipment: desk, printers, scanners, etc.
Ways to stay organized: filing cabinet, shelves, wall bins.
To help you maintain a set schedule include a clock in your decor. My home office includes a white board.
Tools for productivity such as a project management software.
Privacy to reduce distractions from family and friends.

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 questions. 

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.

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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.”  

Stay Organized

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?!

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. 

Home office inspo ideas

Surround Yourself With What Inspires You

Best home office ideas for productivity

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. 

DIY Desk Idea

Make Good Use Of Your Wall Space

Some Ideas For Office Wall Decor
Wall Clock
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

In Conclusion

The best home office setup for productivity is one that helps you stay inspired and allows you to truly enjoy the workspace. 

Your home office decor should be filled with things that make you happy 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.

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  1. andrea

    Great tips for office organization. I like the tip for using an old door for a desk, but the glass top might set you back. Any tips for how to find that? I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    1. Rebecca

      Hi Andrea! Thrift shops, Habitat ReStores and reaching out to house flippers. Most contractors are will to give unwanted items away to avoid paying to have them removed.

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