As a women who used to mostly work in an office five days a week, transforming into a full-time at-home freelancer made me realize I needed a work space of my own. I’m a writer so I need an office space that is quiet and is cut off from distractions like reruns of my favorite television shows.
My husband and I have a guest bedroom in our house that mostly serves as a small office, workout room and storage area. So, I took it from dull and disorganized to tidy and trendy! Here’s how you can transform your home office!
What You’ll Need
- Pick a color theme. You’ll be spending a lot of time in this new office if you are going from full-time in-office to at-home so you need a cheery color theme. I chose yellow. It’s bright, inviting and cheerful! It me makes want to be in my office.
- Organizer shelves. I’ve got a ton of planners, notebooks, books, cookbooks, etc. that I keep lying around. So, I bought a matching yellow shelf for some of the items.
- Comfy pillows. Again, I spend a lot of time here so I needed some yellow matching pillows to stay comfy and support my back during long periods of sitting.
- Fabric storage bins and baskets. I bought four yellow patterned fabric storage bins that I put on some empty shelves. I love these for extra books or notebooks, workout gear and more!
- Decorations. It has to be cute! Pick up some flowers, candles, knick-knacks, etc.
- A spot for scissors, pens and pencils. I used a small yellow garden pot!
- Start out by doing a whole cleaning of the entire room, not just your work area. Go through everything and get rid of junk. Remember, if you haven’t used it or thought about it for six months, toss it.
- Do a power clean and dust and vacuum.
- If you have a window, place your desk in the front of the window. Studies show that working near a window has dozens of health benefits!
- Decorate your desk with some flowers, your organizer for your pens and for your planners and notebooks.
- A cute way to add a little pizzazz is take a matching chair (I used one from my dining room table) and place a matching pillow, like the one on your desk chair, and place some flowers and picture frame. It’s a cute alternative to a table!
- Like I said, you may want to get a few storage bins to collect random things so they don’t end up thrown in the closet or on your floor.
- Use an old entertainment stand or bookshelf and place your new fabric storage bins with a few knick-knacks, candles, etc.
This is your office, make it your own! This extra bedroom used to just be a room but now it feels like home and I love my new office!
Photo Credit: April Schallau