Update Your Workspace for 2020
One of the great things about working from home is that you have complete control over your home office or workspace decor.
Yes, in an office job, you can add limited decorations to your desk, but at home, you can decorate to your heart’s desire, paint, switch out your chair for something more comfortable, and manage your storage. This is your canvas on which you’ll create a space that is uniquely you and enhances your productivity.
Creating your ideal home office doesn’t have to break the bank. We’ve compiled a list of budget-conscious things you can add to your workspace to make it feel more professional, comfortable, and reflect your personality.
1. Plants: Whether it’s real or faux, adding a few houseplants to your space can inject some life into your home office. Bring in small plants from elsewhere in the house or invest in a few. Succulents are durable and you can find them at most garden centers already planted in small decorative pots. There are several types of plants that help freshen the air in your space, like palms, English Ivy, and Boston ferns. Just make sure they all get enough sun!
Remember to utilize natural light. Don’t put your desk up next to a corner with no light. Position your desk near a window to use natural light. Natural light is not only better for our eyes, but it also keeps our brains (and our plants) happier.
2. Shelves and Storage: Adding shelves to your home office will help manage desk clutter and lends itself to your organization system. Depending on how handy you are, you can go with shelves + brackets or buy a simple shelving unit.
3. Photos: Personalize your space with a couple of photos that make you happy. Grab a couple from around the house that you really like and place them on your desk. Smiling is contagious and seeing smiles boosts our mood, which will help you work better!
4. Cable Management: No one wants to see cables all over the floor and to trip on them. Depending on your needs, you can either buy a cable management system that bundles your cables together or something that simply keeps your cables within reaching distance (versus on the floor).
5. Rugs: Rugs are great for making it feel inviting and for tying all of the various elements together in one quick swoop. Consider layering your rugs. It is a great way to double the texture and depth in your space. Not to mention it just looks and feels so cozy. Bonus - layering is a budget-friendly option compared to purchasing a larger one.
Remember, your home office is your space, so make it reflect that. What makes one person happy might not make another happy. And it’s something that can constantly change as you figure out what you like to have around you as you work.
What other value-added items would you recommend? We’d love hearing them in the comments.