10 Tips For Working From Home

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These days there are a lot of people who work from home, whether it's for themselves, like me, or for their employer, like my husband. It’s become more and more common everyday and works really well for most people. That means, though, that having an inspiring and organized work space is very important. Let's be honest, working from the couch is not very productive. Having a dedicated office space is a must if you're going to work from home.  Here are ten tips for creating a space you will want to work in every single day!

Bright and Beautiful is Best Having an office with natural light coming in is a huge plus- you just feel better when things are bright.  In fact, my desk has a beautiful Caesarstone quartz top and white cabinets above and below.  It's like a breath of fresh air every time I walk into the room! It's a space that I don't feel locked away in to do my work but enjoy the beauty of the room every time I'm in it.

Remember the Essentials There are a few things that make working at home easier. You must have all the "tools" that you need like your computer, desk lamp, planner, markers, and let’s be honest the most important thing - the coffee! Great things happen when you've had coffee! Remember the essentials when you're building or planning your home office.

Pick the Right Planner A lot of people are very digital and have their calendars and entire lives on the computer.  Even though I work in the digital space, I prefer a paper planner. I like to be able to check things off when they're done and write my list of things to do every evening for the next day.  It took a while to find the planner that worked best for me but the Day Designer has ended up being a planner that I can't live without. It helps keep me organized when it comes to both work and family.

Comfy Chairs Are a Must You're going to be sitting in it all day working, so invest in a comfortable chair that promotes good posture. Maybe have a foot stool under your desk to elevate your feet from time to time too.

Keep Your Space Tidy There's nothing less motivating than walking into a room and having to clean it up before you can start working. Put away notepads and pencils after you use them, file papers after you sign them, and don't eat in your office.  These are all tips that will help keep your space tidy and more inviting to work in.

You Never Have Enough Storage With papers to file, cords, office supplies and more, you never can have too much storage. Extra filing cabinets that match your desk are a great idea for keeping papers organized and off your desk. Ikea makes a great rolling cabinet that allows you to keep supplies off your work space but within easy access of using.

Decor that Matters Don't forget to make your office beautiful! Most of us aren't blessed with a ton of space in our offices so the little we do have we want to decorate with pieces we love. Maybe it's pictures of your kids, your favorite flowers, a saying that means something to you, etc.  Whatever it is, you will love the space even more if it's decorated with things that matter or make you happy!

Set Office Hours & Stick to Them Just because you work from home now doesn't mean you have to be strapped to your computer all the time. Set hours that you're "in the office" and stick to them.  Make time for your family in the evening and weekends. The more organized you are throughout your day, the easier it will be to stick to your office hours.

Take Breaks Just like scheduling office hours, make sure that you schedule time for lunch and breaks throughout the day. Leave open time slots that you don't fill with meetings and take a ten- minute walk to get some fresh air so you're ready to tackle the rest of the day.

Keep Healthy Snacks Close By We all get those afternoon munchies- I like to keep granola bars and fresh fruit in the drawer next to me so I can grab a quick snack. This helps me from wandering to the kitchen and finding my kids’ chocolates too! Working from home is such a blessing for most people, but it can be overwhelming and turn your home into work. These tips will help keep the two separate when working from home. Having a defined working space and keeping these ideas in mind will help work and home "work together".

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Chrissy Taylor is a food and travel blogger, managing the Taylor House Blog which is full of family-fun recipes and ideas.