Designing A Home Office

1461391584sv7veWorking from home can seem like a great option but it does come with its own list of pros and cons. If going into an office to work has its challenges, so does working from home, albeit a different set of challenges.

Setting up defined boundaries between your work and life in order to achieve a healthy work/life balance is one of the most challenging aspects about working from home. It is relatively easier to forget about work when you can actually leave your office behind but it becomes more difficult when your office is the same as your home.

What to consider when renovating a home office?

One of the key actions that you can do in order to clearly demarcate your office and home is to set up a physical work location in your house, where you can restrict your work. Ideally, it could be a spare room in your home or if you do not have the space then it could even be a corner in your living room or bedroom.

Most people who work from home cannot really afford to hire an interior designer to design their home office. But don’t worry, it isn’t too difficult to embrace the do-it-yourself route to create a functional and efficient home office.

file1921311113779One of the most essential items in a home office must be a desk. Whether you are a freelance writer, a crafter, a software consultant or a designer, a proper desk is necessary without a doubt. Obviously, when we talk about a desk, a chair too comes into the picture. An ergonomic and sturdy chair is critical to keep you happy in your home office. Inferior quality office furniture can make your life miserable by giving you unnecessary body aches and pains.

If you are planning to meet clients in your home office, then you will also need to make additional seating arrangements such as a comfortable couch or a few other good chairs. A computer and a phone are also basic components of a home office.

Keeping your home office organized and clutter-free is crucial to maintain a professional atmosphere. Therefore don’t forget to get a chest of drawers or a shelf or a filing cabinet depending on your needs and preferences in order to easily sort and arrange your files and documents.

A dark home office can look more like a storeroom than a workspace. So try to provide enough lighting and ventilation for your home office with the help of windows which let in natural light and air.

What not to put into your home office?

Stick to neutral shades and colours like beige or cream in order to give a neat look to your home office. Avoid funky accessories – keep décor minimal. A stylish painting on the wall, a pleasantly framed photo on your desk, an indoor plant by the windowsill for a touch of green can all help you personalize and customise your home office without going over the top. Stay away from breezy curtains and stick to practical blinds.

Random objects tend to miraculously find a way into your home office. You might find yourself stepping on your kid’s pacifier or navigating your way around a bunch of laundry in your home office if you are not careful! Treat your home office with the respect it deserves and make sure to remove such items promptly and instruct people in your home to not treat your home office like a spare room any longer.

Why do you need a home office?

A well-designed and well-maintained home office can help you work in peace without any interruptions or disruptions. It will improve your productivity and will help you concentrate and focus on the work at hand without any unnecessary disturbances.

It will also enable clients who drop by to discuss and communicate their ideas to you in a professional environment. A lot of times, people don’t tend to consider work from home jobs as serious work. However, with a good home office people will get a good impression when they see how organized you are in your home office and they will realize that you mean business, even if you are working from home.

A DIY Guide For Setting Up A Nursery

Setting up the nursery is probably one of the most exciting home renovation projects, especially for first time parents-to-be. Each item is carefully selected and every arrangement is lovingly planned in anticipation of the impending bundle of joy.
There are some home improvement projects that are best left to the professionals but setting up the nursery is a very personal home remodelling project that serves to create fond memories along the way.
A nursery is obviously not a room which is absolutely essential in a home; after all a lot of parents choose to co-sleep or keep the baby close to them in their own bedroom. Some people do not have a spare room to convert into a nursery and that’s absolutely fine. But if you do have the space and the budget, then a nursery is a great way to keep all your baby stuff organized and neat.

How much time will it take to set up the nursery?

This will of course depend on a number of factors such as the size of the nursery, your own do-it-yourself skills, and whether you will be available to work on it during the week or not.
watercolor-1426440_960_720Although it might be tempting, my advice would be to take it slow, don’t be in a rush. Baby stuff can be ridiculously expensive so wait and watch out for sales where you can pick up things for the nursery. Also if you plan to have a baby shower you will probably be prepping a gifts registry and therefore might be receiving a bunch of items as gifts from friends and family.

Need inspiration?

There are a plethora of DIY ideas to be found online for nursery organization. Check out parenting blogs, home décor websites as well as Pinterest to get a whole lot of wonderful and practical ideas that you can personalize to suit your needs and tastes.

You could also have a look at model nurseries that are set up in home improvement stores, which will help you plan out the layout of the nursery. Also talk to friends or family members who have recently had kids to find out what are the real essentials that your nursery would need.

Some points to consider when designing a nursery

Choose a colour scheme: You can either go for the traditional “blue for boys and pink for girls” theme or if you want to break away from the norm, opt for any other soothing colour. Lavender, yellow, green are some alternative choices that can make for ideal nursery colours.

Keep safety and comfort in mind: A nursery should be designed carefully in such a manner as to keep your child safe and comfortable. Go for lead-free paints without a doubt. Also, invest in good quality, sturdy and reliable nursery furniture that won’t break down within a short while.

A cosy rocking chair can be a blessing on long and tiring nights when your baby insists on being held or fed for hours together. Put in a bookshelf too, where you can place some books for baby as well as yourself. Make some provisions for toy storage and also a cupboard for baby clothes and accessories. A proper nursery cot is important to ensure that no untoward incidents such as SIDS happen. A changing table can reduce considerable strain on your back as you will need to be changing diapers constantly in the first few months.

Think about ventilation: Arrange your nursery in such a way as to let in enough air and light. Sunlight is beneficial for little babies and fresh air can do wonders too. A dark or dingy nursery tends to be rather gloomy and dank over time – not a very nice place to be for small babies.

Don’t overcrowd the nursery: A nursery that is filled to the brim can be very challenging to clean and maintain. Don’t keep on adding items to the nursery till the walls are ready to burst at the seams! Don’t let advertisements and marketing campaigns fool you into thinking that you need to buy every available baby equipment in the market to be a good parent!

Enjoy setting up the nursery for your little one!

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