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Are you ready for the big holiday break? After all of you hard work during the course of the year your desk might not even be recognizable any more. Now is a great time to get rid of unwanted papers and maybe even do a make-over for the new year.
Frankly this is the place where I’m at right now. Currently my space is taken up by a very large printer, which I only use three times a year. I’ve got a pile of papers stuffed inside a very small antique bulldog. It’s time to do something new.
By organizing your work space you can get back to being more productive and even inspired when adding a few fun things like colorful pictures or quote boards from Hobby Lobby. I found quite a few ideas just strolling around the the thrift store — you’re likely to find a lot of those types of things there.
Here are a few ideas you can use to help make your space a more inspiring and productive one:
1 – Move your desk near a window
Sometimes we just need to shed a bit of more light on our situation. Especially if your room tends to be on the dark side. If this is not possible consider adding some extra lighting to brighten things up a bit and help you to focus better. A room that’s too dark can be a hinderance to your creativity. A lighter and brighter office space can tone down your Melatonin levels — which is what you want of course not too late at night before heading off to bed.
2 – Out with the old and in with the new
Figure out which items you simply aren’t using much any more and start removing these from your desk. Find a friend who would love to take these off your hands or list them free or for sale on places like Craigslist, Ebay, and OfferUp. You can also donate these items to your local thrift store and use this as a tax deduction.
3 – Get a sound machine
If you’re like me you live in a condo or an apartment with all sorts of noises going on. This is where a sound box comes in handy in creating white noise when you need to concentrate on your work. There are usually a few different sounds to choose from and you can also use this for sleeping at night and for staying over at a hotel for your next business trip.
4 – Find a better office chair
How’s your back and neck feeling lately? You might need a new chair that’s more ergonomic and better suited for sitting longs hours. Exercising while working might be a good option for you as well such as a treadmill or using an exercise ball. Kneeling chairs can also be helpful in creating a more comfortable experience at your desk.
5- Create a mood wall
Add a cork board along with some creative images that can inspire you or photos of your family on stark, white walls. Who wants to stare at a blank space all day, right? You can create a theme that you change out each season using light, cheerful colors. Quotes and memes can also help keep you inspired — you can find a lot of these at discount home stores.
6 – Purchase an organizing cabinet
Keep your most current projects on your desk or in front of you and store the completed ones in a file cabinet. This doesn’t need to be large, and can also be in the form of under bed storage or decorative boxes that can be placed inside of a closet. Each time you’re finished archive your papers in files that you can label and come back to later if you need them.
7 – Install wall shelves
These can be found for a very low cost at your local hardware store or at Ikea and are easy to install. Use wall shelves for business mail, pencils, supplies, paper, ect. You can also add some nice plants or decor to these and make your space more creative as well as functional.
I hope you enjoyed these starter tips on how to revamp your home office and get ready for a more productive year. During this slower season many find that they are staying in the zone and overcoming the great lull when they start organizing, cleaning, and decorating.
Do you have a new office space to share from your blog or on social media? Tell me about it below! Have a Merry and blessed Christmas!
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