Working From Home? How to Make Your Home Office a Sanctuary

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Many of us are now facing working from home at least for the foreseeable future, if not permanently, so it’s about time to look at updating our home office set up. Or you might even be considering moving so that you have more room to create your dream workspace. Either way, creating a place that helps you to stay motivated and focused through long hours sitting at your desk is essential. With both options in mind, we’ve put together a few tips for how to make your home office a sanctuary.

How to Make Your Home Office a Sanctuary

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Separate Your Office From Your Home

Setting yourself up with proper office space at home can make a huge difference to your focus and productivity. Where possible, set up your home office in a separate space away from where you’d usually spend your own time—choose a spare room, the garage, loft, or even set up a room divider to create a temporary space.

Giving yourself some space that’s dedicated to working can help you to switch into the right mindset when you start work each day. And you’ll be away from all the other distractions around the house. If you’re thinking of renovating your home to create an office space then you can find local and reliable builders using a site like HomeStars.

Setting up a separate office space also helps you to make a clearer boundary between home and work life. You’ll find it easier to switch off in the evenings and weekends. And if you can’t see your desk and computer you’ll be less tempted to check up your emails when you should be relaxing.

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Pick Somewhere With Natural Light

It can be hard to stay motivated when you’re working from home, especially if you’re working in a cramped, dark space. So when you’re setting up your home office try to pick somewhere with plenty of light, ideally next to a window.

You can maximize natural light, while also beautifying your space, with mirrors to make smaller rooms feel more open. Or add an artistic desk lamp to make the space brighter and add style.

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Keep It Organized

When you’re working from home on your own with no one else to notice the state of your desk or tidy up after you, then it’s easy for things to get cluttered and messy. But keeping your home office neat and tidy is another important part of staying motivated.

Set yourself up with proper storage—drawers, filing cabinets, folders, and pencil jars. Make it easy to store everything in a place that’s easy to find so you don’t get distracted looking for important documents, or feel overwhelmed by towering piles of paperwork. You can find a huge range of different storage options from somewhere like Solutions to help you keep on top of everything.

Get into the habit of clearing your desk at the end of each day. Remove any dirty ugs, plates, and throw out your rubbish, so that you come back to a tidy desk ready to work in the mornings.

Make It Personal

It’s important to focus on making an organized, productive home office, but if you really want to make it a sanctuary then you can also make it more personal. One of the advantages of working from home is that you have more freedom over how you set up your workspace.

Adding a few little personal touches will make it a more positive space, where you actually enjoy spending your day. Invest in some prints or posters of your favorite quotes or images that help you to feel inspired and motivated.

You could also get a candle or a iffuser to add some scent to your office and boost your mood. And a house plant can help the space feel greener and will also help to purify the air so it feels less stuffy when you’re stuck inside all day.

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Chelsea Barracks by Qatari Diar (Photo by Alexander James for Qatari Diar)

What to Consider If You’re Looking to Move

If you’re planning a house move and one of your priorities is a dream home office here are a few things to consider.

  • Is there a good-sized room or space for a home office?
  • How much light does it get through the day?
  • Is there enough storage potential in the space?
  • What are the neighbors like?
  • Can you hear them? Will they be home during the day?
  • Is it a good area to pop out for a walk or coffee during the day?
  • Will you get a reliable phone and Wi-Fi signal?

It’s a good idea to get to know the area you’re thinking of moving to and working with local providers to help you through the buying process. Consider using a site like Breezeful to help you find local mortgage brokers who will be able to offer the best options. In addition, they will have better insights and advice on the local area to help aid your decision. Dream home office here you come!

To Wrap It Up

So there you have it: some great ways to make your home office a sanctuary. Whether you’re buying somewhere new or updating your current abode. By following these tips you’ll be able to create a positive and productive workspace that helps you to stay focused while working from home.

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