Ever wonder why you do not feel your most creative or productive in your home office? My dear friend Ashley Kanlic is going to share how she has created her perfect space to help with all of it!
I spend a lot of time in my home office and I need a space that helps aid in productivity and creativity. Here are some of the concepts that help make my office an enjoyable work environment to cultivate and grow my brand:
Location, location, location! I have claimed the best room in the house for my office space. Don’t tell my husband; because he works from home and might start to take it over (lol). I have what an interior designer might refer to as prime real-estate in our home. It is near the main living areas but, not on top of them. It has great lighting, plenty of space for activities, and much, much more.
As a formally trained and practicing interior designer it is paramount to have good lighting in every project. It is notably for function, beauty, and of course for GTD “getting things done”. I made sure that my office had plenty of task and natural light to keep me focused on my to do list while also providing plenty of vitamin D. It’s nice and rewarding to feel the sunshine while I’m crossing things off my daily task and various lists.
Over the past few years I have realized that being home all day makes your crave change and versatility. Which I solved by changing up the scenery each day. I rotate where I work between my expansive desk and large craft table. This way I am able to spread out while I’m in the creative process each day but, not feeling trapped or confined to one area. Daily I also make sure I clear and clean my desk off. There is nothing like a fresh clean and cleared slate to kick start your morning.
With limited space you must try to stay organized by removing clutter at every turn. Personally, I try to enlist the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) method of organization. I try to be 75%-80% paperless, by scanning in documents and removing paper clutter which in turn means I need less physical storage. I also only incorporate items in my space that ‘spark joy’ or are useful. In addition I find it easier to keep things organized by type and color. Please note that utilizing a system that works best for you is the only one that will work long term. These might not work for your office but, feel free to try them out.
Lastly, I like to incorporate small amounts of natural elements into my office space. Keeping plants and greenery in the spaces you use regularly will help ease stress and create a sense of stability. It is a small thing I do that creates a great impact on my daily function.
I know ideally not everyone can have the perfect home office. But, I hope that my list Inspires you to consider your space. By address your offices location, lighting, versatility, organization, and natural elements. I trust your home offices will give you the sense of drive you need to achieve your goals in 2019!
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Ashley and her tips. Stay warm this weekend!