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10 Tips for a dynamic home office by Jillian CariolaPublished: July 9, 2015Updated: July 16, 2015

Working from home doesn’t have to be a drag when you have a great home office.

Working from home is a great option for people who enjoy the freedom (who doesn’t like waking up late and toiling away in their PJs once in a while?), and new parents who can’t bear to leave their little ones just yet.  But being productive on a home-based job depends on a lot of factors, one of which is having a great home office. Here are a few guidelines for creating a home-based work space that you’d actually enjoy using.

 

Find your niche
It’s hard to work from home when you have all kinds of distraction. In the living room or the dining table, the TV’s on and the kids are running around. And should you decide to take your laptop to the bedroom, the pull of the bed is sometimes too hard to resist. Find an area in the house that gets little foot traffic, preferably a corner where people aren’t constantly passing. Face your desk away from the TV so you can concentrate better. If you have a basement or an attic with an available corner, you just found your new office space.


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Keep things simple
You can to create the office you want, but that doesn’t mean you need to take every creative liberty imaginable. Remember, keeping things simple will minimize distractions. A desk, chair, printer (if you need one), some pens and paper, and your computer or laptop are the necessities you’ll need at the most. If you really feel like livening up the space, choose elements like a small potted plant or a figurine that doubles as a paperweight.


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Get inspired
Just because you shouldn’t fill your table with all sorts of doodads doesn’t mean you can’t get away with a few treasured pieces. How about a miniature version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa for that trip to Italy you’ve been working hard for? You can also hang a frame of motivational statements to get you going.


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Invest in an ergonomic chair
For people who sit at a desk for long hours (and are therefore prone to back pain), nothing beats the relief you get from a high-quality chair. Choose one that’s padded for your comfort and lets you alter the height and tilt so you can adjust it to your preference.


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Pick double-duty and fold-away furniture
If you’ve only got a small nook to transform into an office, you can’t have too much stuff in it, and this is where multi-purpose items come in handy. Instead of a side table, pick a low filing cabinet, which can double as storage. If you’re good with tools, attach a wide enough ledge onto the wall to serve as a table you can fold up when not in use. A foldable chair can also keep the area clear when you’re done working.


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Choose a loft bed
Are you living in a small condo unit or apartment? That doesn’t mean you can’t have an office space even with the limited square footage you have. The easiest solution would be to get a loft bed, which is composed of a bed at the top level, and an open space or a built-in work area underneath.


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Paint it green
Color psychologists believe green is a great color for a home office because it’s calming and encourages productivity. Some even believe the color suggests growth and money. If you’re lucky enough to have an entire room as a home office, feel free to paint the walls a relaxing shade of green. If not, you can try simple things like choosing a green chair or filing boxes, or putting a plant in one corner of your table.


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Change your point of view
Staring at a computer screen for hours can be tedious. Make your view more interesting by moving your desk toward the window and facing it. It’ll give you something relaxing to look at when you’re blanking out. Plus, the wind outside will help keep your computer cool, especially if you’re working for long periods of time.


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Light it up
There are people who work best under dim lighting, while there are others who need brightness to stay active. Adjust the lighting of your work space to accommodate your needs. If you’re fixing up just a corner of a big room and the light’s not enough, install a higher-powered bulb. Is bright light too distracting? You can switch off the room’s main lighting and work with a table lamp for a more intimate set-up.


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Mind the electrical wires
Don’t like the sight of tangled electrical cords, cables, and wires worming their way across your desk? Make sure you pick a spot that’s close to wall sockets so your cords don’t have to run from one side of the room to the other, which can be both unsightly and dangerous. Keep cables neat by using wire organizers or simple twist ties. To hide them even more, get a desk with holes meant for wires to pass through.


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