Working from home has so many benefits, especially if you’re a work at home mum. It allows you to keep an eye on your toddlers, prepare meals and generally keep everything in line, and all that while working. But, what if you don’t want ugly office supplies, piles of documents and grey office furniture to ruin your comfy home aesthetics? Here’s how you can have both: a beautiful home and a functional home work space. And all that without spending a fortune!
Good and beautiful furniture
If you don’t want to separate yourself from your family when you work and you prefer staying in the living room or kitchen, then you have to at least invest in some ergonomic furniture. Sitting on your dining chair for hours will be very bad for your back, neck and your tush. However, you can easily get a comfy yet attractive office chair that will nicely fit in with your other furniture, and make it your work throne. You can do the same with a desk. Clean out one little corner, get a one-person desk and voila! Your corner home office is ready!
Improve the lighting
You don’t need some special strong lighting when you’re chilling in your living room watching TV with kids. However, when you’re working, you need a little more help from good lighting. So, make sure to get a strong task lamp (mobile, if you don’t have a set workstation) that will make writing, reading, creating, and researching much easier on your eyes. If you have a designated work corner and don’t want to disturb your room’s aesthetics with ugly office lamps, get a modern, standing model that will look great and provide you with ample light. You can also opt for stylish sconces. Some models are so attractive that they can serve as an eye-catching focal point and they take zero desk and wall space.
Regular filing cabinets and binders aren’t really attractive, and it’s really hard to make them fit in into a living space. However, there are some more home-friendly work organizing options that are really useful and beautiful. Magazine shelves can hold all your binders that can be covered with magazines when you want them out of your sight. Another cool option is a bookcase. It will look very professional as your conference call background, yet very home-friendly and stylish. Get one that’s big enough so you don’t have to overstuff it, though. These neat storage options will also make cleaning much faster and easier.
If you don’t want to spend most of your day in your home office, then you need better organization. For instance, people spend a lot of time rummaging through piles of files and documents, going through drawers and checking calendars. Make these things faster and easier with label makers and good planners. Label all your drawers, binders and boxes, and you’ll always know exactly where to look. An attractive wall planner will also come in very handy. It will not only look amazing on your wall but also give you a perfect way to note all your meetings, calls, appointments and deadlines
This is one really amazing and often overlooked element. Plants make both offices and living spaces more pleasant, stylish and healthy, so don’t forget to green-up your environment. They make us more productive, happy and focused, which is why you should put them all around your workspace. Plants also filter the air and make it cleaner, which will be good for all your house members. Make sure to find cool-looking designer pots and plants that require little maintenance, since you don’t want them to be one more thing you need to worry about.
These decoration and organization tips will let you have your cake and eat it too. You can keep your home stylish and comfy and also have a functional home work space that will allow you to advance your career, create cool things and earn some dough. It’s a win-win situation for all working mums!
Author bio: Claire is a personal and professional development expert who believes that a positive attitude is one of the keys to success. She enjoys life to the fullest in the healthiest way possible and loves to share her insights into lifestyle, parenting, education, and entrepreneurship. Feel free to reach her on Facebook and Twitter.