As a blogger, designer and photographer, my office has always been wherever I happen to be in the world. Although I’m often working on the road, I always look forward to returning to my permanent home office.
Designing this home office space has been essential as it creates an environment for getting things done.
Having a beautiful and functional office also makes me look forward to going to work!
One of the greatest challenges of working remotely, whether at home or in a hotel, is establishing boundaries between work and life. For me, defining a work space and setting work hours is crucial for maintaining work-life balance.
It can be so tempting to work on my laptop from the couch or write emails from bed, and while I sometimes do this when I’m having an off day, most of the time I work from my home office.
Over the years I have honed in on an ideal setup for comfort, inspiration and productivity in my home office.
Here are my working from home office essentials!
What Will You Be Doing in the Space?
How to Choose a Location
Apply Principles of Feng Shui
Clear the Clutter
Prioritize Your Posture: The Ergonomic Desk Set Up
Ergonomic Desk Chair
Other Home Office Equipment
Outside of ergonomic items, you’ll need a few other things to make your home office functional. Here are some of the most common items to invest in:
To keep your workspace free of clutter, you’ll want to start with a few organizational tools to control your papers, office supplies, and other important items. Stock up on the following:
- Eco-friendly bamboo bins and shelves
- Power strips
- Recyclable extension cords
- USB docking station
- Eco-friendly bamboo cord management system and cable organizer
- Dry erase board
- Bulletin board
- Lockable file cabinet or fire-safe box
Green Tip: You can add your digital files to Dropbox and avoid unnecessary printing.
It helps you avoid copious amounts of sticky notes and keeps you on task! I write everything down in my Passion Planner, I’ve been using one for five years and it has seriously changed my life. The beautifully designed planners are made using faux vegan leather and sustainably sourced paper.
Webcams are a must for video conference calls. This webcam fits easily on any computer or laptop.
A portable bluetooth speaker can connect to any computer or mobile device for superior sound quality. This eco-friendly design is made using bamboo, cotton, hemp, and recycled plastic bottles.
A set of Bluetooth headphones with a built in mic are ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to be chained to their desk and computer. You can take care of business on the phone or a video conference while keeping your hands free. You can also jam out to your favorite tunes without bothering anyone else who might be at home. These eco-friendly headphones are made with wood and recycled aluminum.
Good Office Lighting
If your office space doesn’t have much natural light, you’ll want to add a lamp or other lighting to brighten it. Use mood enhancing lighting to feel energized and positive.
All the Little Extras
Little extras like potted plants and wall art can go a long way in making your office inspiring and enjoyable. If you truly want the best home office setup, consider adding some of the following things to spruce up your space.
Air plants are excellent for cleansing your workspace. Peace lillies, spider plants, and gerbera daisies can add pops of natural greenery and color without going to too much trouble.
A few soothing candles can completely change the mood of your office. Light a few eco-friendly soy based candles when you’re feeling frantic and want to relax.