The Perfect Productive Home Office

When you work from home it is easy to become distracted and lose focus. It is worth spending the time to create a home office that encourages productivity, comfort and concentration so you can work hard for the money. Here are a few tips for crafting a stylish and functional work-space.

 

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Let there be light in your home office! Draw back the curtains and draw inspiration from natural light. Don’t put your desk in the darkest corner of the room. Hit the bright spot and move your desk close to windows but parallel to the panes. Give yourself a view and try to position the desk where you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall when you look up from the computer. A window’s natural light is ideal, and when you let the light in, it will cut down on eyestrain and headaches and improve mood, energy, alertness and productivity. Position your monitor so there’s no glare from windows or overhead lights – the object is to create balanced lighting. Even with great natural light you’ll still need additional lighting for darker hours. Put a small lamp with a nice soft glow on your desk for task lighting or a floor lamp that can give concentrated lighting to your specific work area.

 

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You don’t get to choose the perfect desk height and chair at an office, but you do have this option at home! You spend hours parked in your office chair every day, so don’t hurt yourself by sitting in a non-ergonomic position every time you work at your desk. Your comfort is worth every dime, so spend the money and invest in your health and a stylish, supportive, comfortable chair with an adjustable seat and backrest height. Ensure that the top of your computer screen is at eye level or a little below. As you scan down the screen, your eyelids will naturally close a bit and moisten, which reduces eye fatigue. Position your keyboard so your forearms are parallel to the floor. Adjust your chair so that your feet rest firmly on something. Even if you sit perfectly however, you shouldn’t do it all day long. Move regularly – set regular breaks or take a stroll around the block.

 

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If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in this space, you want it to be a space you enjoy. Don’t hold back – create your dream office and add personality to its aesthetic. Paint the walls a color you love and one that creates the right mood – perhaps a cheery orange or a calming shade of sea foam blue. Get a great rug. Personalize thoughtfully and inspire yourself with a piece of framed art, a scent that makes you happy, a special photo, or a few cherished knickknacks. Add greenery to bring what’s outside your window into your space. Get creative with storage – if filing cabinets don’t tickle your fancy, consider organizing vertically and horizontally. Hang floating shelves and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach. Consider magazine type racks, bookshelves or wooden cube storage. Choose accessories that enhance a comfy feeling in your home office and decorate in a style that energizes your space.


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You need the right tools to get the job done and being successful in a home office requires creating an office space that promotes efficiency in a non-traditional work environment. Master your technology and invest in the right equipment – a phone, a good desk with plenty of space, an ergonomic chair, computer with efficient memory and performance, a fast internet connection, a clock, and any specialized equipment, tools or software that are key for performance in your area of expertise. Take the time to organize your equipment properly – hide unsightly cords by running a power strip behind your desk and plugging everything into that. Tame the cord jungle on the floor with cord winders, tubing or an organizer that’s attached to the desk and lifts cords off the floor. Keep all your office supplies handy and stocked, so you don’t need to dart out of the office every few minutes.

How D-I-Wise are you? 4 Skills to Brush Up On

There are some home repairs that we wouldn’t recommend – think asbestos removal and electrical, gas and roof repairs… For the smaller tasks though, why pay a pro when you can do it yourself? Having these tricks up your sleeve will save you money, give you the satisfaction of having done the job yourself, and give you the right to tell people you’re “handy”!

 

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Let your worries wash away – replacing your shower-head is one chill skill! If your current shower-head is old, has poor water pressure, or maybe you want to install a filtered unit or save water with a low-flow variety, don’t put off updating it any longer. Remove your old shower-head using an adjustable 8-inch wrench. Remove any excess dirt, rubber gaskets or tape from around the pipe with a rag. Wrap the threads of the pipe with a couple of layers of Teflon or Plumber’s Tape. Hand-tighten your new shower-head onto the pipe clock-wise. Turn on the shower and if there are any leaks around the seal, hand-tighten more and test again.

 

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Some of those older Brooklyn buildings come with some sensitive pipes! Don’t go putting your plumber on speed dial just yet though. If water is backing up in your sink and a liquid drain treatment hasn’t worked, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and unclog it yourself! If you have an attached drain plug or stopper that is controlled from a latch behind your sink, detach that first from under your sink. Then use needle nose pliers or a long piece of wire to pull up the hair or dirt clog creation, and voila! A skill that could save you a big bill!

 

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Stained for Good
This is one stain that’s good for your reputation! Top-grade professional wood staining can cost big bucks. In most cases, this is a project you can do yourself. First mix up the stain until you get a consistent color. Dip a brush into the stain and paint the wood going along the grain. Let the stain set for 15 minutes – the longer you leave it, the darker the wood! After you’ve let it set, wipe the wood with a rag, again along the grain. Leave the wood somewhere cool and dry for at least four hours.

 

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A Skill to Fill
Holes in your walls from hanging art, shelves, clocks, mirrors, photos? Guilty! Lucky there’s a quick, cheap fix to those unsightly spots. Purchase some lightweight spackle, a putty knife and some sandpaper. Use a corner of the putty knife to scoop out a small amount of spackle and fill the hole. Use the straight edge of the knife to smooth and even out the spackle. Let it dry for a few hours then sand the area lightly with your sandpaper, blending the spackle into the surrounding drywall.