How to create a sanity-saving home office space

You’ve probably been working from home for a week now, and you’re slowly losing your mind. Don’t stress – let us help you create a sanity-saving home office. 

Most of us don’t put much thought to the functionality of the home office space (unless you work as a freelancer) because we don’t spend 8 hours a day here. But now times have changed and most of us have to adapt to this new lifestyle — work from home. If you’re wondering how you can make your home office a better place to work, we’ve got eight tips to get your started.

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1. Keep papers out of sight

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Keep that desk as clear as possible in order to maximise productivity and minimise distractions. Picture: Getty

Utilise drawer space and employ a chic noticeboard to prevent reminders from littering your desk space.

Invest in simple desk and drawer organisers for documents to be stored safely and securely. Set some ground rules on what goes where. Use boxes and trays in a uniform hue to conceal other items and tie the look together.

2. Be minimalistic

Do you really need hundreds of pens, highlighters or pencils? Store away unnecessary items and use one at a time until they need to be replaced.

Keep everyday items on top of the desk and pack away everything else. Don’t let a rogue paperclip distract you from that important task.

3. Create a study nook

Do you have a tucked-away corner in your living room? Transform this into a study nook by adding a simple desk, and incorporate complimentary items such as a clock, plant, framed pictures or a sculptural piece.

4. Pare back the colour palette

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Black accents keep your look consistent. Picture: Getty

Having lots of colours creates visual clutter, whereas sticking to one or two accent colours to maintain consistency and create a zen look in your workspace.

When shopping for stationery and desk accessories, try opting for white, black and neutral tones or else you could stick to a few pastel shades if you prefer some colour.

5. Accent your style

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A splash of metallic gold and some greenery instantly lift this study space. Picture: Three Birds Renovations

Create a chic look by adding metallic hues such as rose gold, copper or brass in small details such as paperclips, office chair, pens and desk accessories.

6. Vertical storage

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Install shelving to increase desk space. Picture: Getty

Lacking space in your office area? Vertical shelving increases the space in the room quickly and stylishly, while also making things easy to find.

It’s also a great way to keep your desk space clear and usable as well as keeping personal and inspirational items on display.

7. Add some plants

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Beautify your workspace with indoor plants. Picture: Getty

Soften the mood and create a down-to-earth feel by decorating with leafy green plants, succulents and simple florals. Additionally, these emit oxygen, fight negative energy and add a beautiful natural feel to your office.

8. Keep it consistent

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Align your workspace design with the rest of your home. Picture: Getty

Decorate your home office within the theme of your existing decor. Don’t recreate a new look for a small space. Boho, coastal or modern eclectic styles enable great opportunities to embrace colour and patterns in your workspace through accessories and upholstery.

With a little discipline and a few touches of creativity, you can reinvent your office space and make it an interior design showpiece that exhibits your creativity and flair.
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