If you’re a full-time stay-at-home mom who also happens to work from home, chances are that you are already familiar with all the struggles such a lifestyle can throw your way. Add to that the struggle of not having a designated work area and things can easily become even more hectic.
Not only will you find yourself feeling unwilling and unmotivated most of the time, but high chances are that your work will begin to suffer, sooner rather than later. That’s why creating a home office should be your top priority. No matter the size of the space you choose for this purpose, the most important thing is to try and create a space that will make you feel motivated and get your creative juices flowing. Here’s how you can achieve that.
Decide on the area
First of all, you’ll need to decide where you want to set up your home office. Since you probably can’t afford to entirely isolate yourself from the rest of the household, you should consider an area that’s close to either the living room or your kids’ bedrooms. This way, you can easily reach them – and vice versa – if necessary, but you’ll also be able to enjoy some peace and quiet. Keep in mind that a home office doesn’t need to have four walls, meaning that it doesn’t necessarily have to be a separate room. Any area that will enable you to equip it as necessary and get some work done will be just fine. That being said, if you absolutely can’t devote an entire room for this purpose, you might want to consider investing in noise-cancelling earphones that will help you reduce distractions.
Make the design kid-friendly
Next, while you certainly need to design the space to feel more thought-provoking and motivation, you also need to keep your kids’ safety in mind. What this means is that you need to ensure that all of the structures, such as bookshelves or file cabinets, are well secured to prevent tipping and that no sharp objects can be easily reached by those curious little hands. For instance, you can install floating shelves in your office just beyond your kids’ reach and keep utensils, such as scissors and pens on higher shelves. Keep in mind that, just because you’re designing your home office that doesn’t mean that you’ll be the only one spending time there.
Spruce it up
Furthermore, to quote a famous movie character “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. This means that, while it is certainly important to have your own workspace, that doesn’t mean that it should only be used for working. No matter the type of job you do, you will still need to take regular breaks if you want to ensure that your motivation stays on an optimal level. That’s why you should also create a small chill-out area in your home office you can use for relaxing and even brainstorming. For this, you will need a comfortable armchair – or a sofa if you have enough room, a coffee table and a cozy rug. As far as the chair is concerned, always go with something comfortable and supportive that will allow you to relax properly. A modern coffee table will instantly bring more pizzazz to the space, making it look and feel more luxurious. Finally, a cozy shag rug will not only provide you with a soft underfoot, but it will also tie all the other elements together.
Add color and pizzazz
Finally, to make the space feel truly motivational to you, you should consider implementing colors that have such an effect on your mind. Since all of us are vastly different, the colors that might be working for someone else might have the opposite effect on you. That’s why you need to choose the color according to your own preferences, but make sure you don’t overdo it. When introducing color to any space, it is best to do so with details and other elements you can easily replace once you grow tired of them or if you happen to notice that the color you’ve chosen doesn’t have the desired effect.
So, if you ever feel like you are struggling to find the motivation that will enable you to excel at your job, consider doing something about your workspace. Even once you are happy with the way your home office turned out, you can keep on adding design and décor elements that will elevate the look even further. The key takeaway is that you need to design a space you will feel comfortable in that will enable you to do and give your best.
About the Author
Chloe is a journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Beside all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time.