Succeed At Setting Up Your Home Office

Recently many of us have made the transition to work from home.  Our, once familiar, nine-to-five has been intercepted by a run-on of unpredictable days where we fit in work where we can.  For now schooling kids, doing household chores, and cooking three meals a day has become the priority.  To ensure we continue to be a successful in our professional lives, we need a work space that is motivates, kindles, and centers our creative minds.

Dedicate Space

First and foremost, I highly recommend you dedicate a space in your home that is all YOURS.  If you are like me, you have business, home, and child-related tasks that must be managed daily.  A dining table or corner niche are both appropriate options.  Just make sure the space is yours and not a shared space.

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

Keep Your Surface Minimal

I keep three items on my desk and that's it!  1) Task light. 2) A container that I have filled with a highlighter, a pair of scissors, and my favorite pens and pencils.  3) A small dish with paper clips and rubber bands.  These are the things that I reach for constantly throughout my day.

Let There Be Light!

I believe that happiness breeds good work.  natural light helps brighten your mood, and gives great energy.

Photo by Hutomo Abrianto on Unsplash

This home office by Ikea has great storage.

Home office by Ikea has great storage options.


I like to keep a pedestal file with 4 or 5 drawers next to my desk.  This is storage for personal items like a stapler, ruler, notepad, etc.  It also gives me enough drawers to organize my workload by project or task.

Make it Beautiful

Give yourself some inspiration while you work.  Maybe it's a beautiful floor lamp or your favorite piece of art.  It could even be a low bookcase with some of your cherished keepsakes.  I have several house plants in my home office.  I get to watch them grow and change daily.

Home office by CB2

Published by EMID

Seeing the world through an artistic lens has allowed Erin to experiment in a number of different styles.

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