Home Office Serenity- OLIOHOP #2

In Need of Creating the Ideal Home Office?

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Here are some steps to consider when you are converting that guest room or basement into that much needed home office.

The trend in homes is having a home office. Whether you are an executive that needs to check emails and send correspondence in the evening or just can’t ever take a full day off or a stay at home mom looking for some extra income, you need a space that you can call your own and is organized.

STEP 1: CHUCK THE CHAOS: Make sure everything in your Office is relevant.

I’m sure there are random trophies, old textbooks from college, unfinished projects and old product samples; you think you’ll one day need. NEWS FLASH: chuck it!! It’s liberating and just cluttering up your life. Move on and make space for more relevant and new fresh décor items or the latest Apple gadget!

STEP 2: ADD COLOR: Pick your favorite color.

Surround yourself in your favorite color or pick a color that really appeals to you. That doesn’t mean you should go neon, all you stuck in the 80’s lovers!!! Pick a color that helps your focus and makes you feel at ease. Pick a color depending on how much natural light you receive in the room. Don’t pick the darkest color on your paint swatches if you don’t have a nice big window. Remember you need to have task lighting, whether it’s natural or some great bright accurate overhead or lamp lighting, especially if you are working with the accuracy of colors and measurements in your job. Eye strain is not something you want to complain about.

STEP 3: DON’T HURT YOURSELF: Indulge in ergonomics!

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Make sure the placement of your computer is appropriate. Don’t constantly work with your laptop on your lap or lying on the floor late night as you pass out on your computer! Invest in a great office chair. Style is important but should be secondary to comfort and function. Check this out for info on setting up your office workstation and make sure you consider proper posture, http://ergonomics.about.com/od/office/ss/computer_setup.htm

STEP 4: KNOW YOU ARE NOT ALONE: All your neighbors are doing it.

Ask your friends, family and colleagues. Most people have a home office these days. With the amount of aging baby boomers, the ease of technology at our finger tips, the cost of retirement increasing and the economy, many people are retiring later in life or looking for some side income. Also, the cost of gas prices, if your employer allows you to work from home a day or two a week, it’s smart and eco-friendly. Check out this article on the facts of increase in demographics with home offices: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/03/25/working-from-home-demographics-economy-telecommuting/

According to dailyfinance.com, the “number of home-based U.S. businesses will increase by more than 10% over the next four years to about 21 million.” Ask around and do your research. Don’t just haphazardly set up a folding chair and a cardboard box to work from home. Take the time to set up an appropriate space to make sure you are comfortable and safe. You will save a lot of headaches and frustration, if you take the time, do the research and be a savvy shopper. Consult an interior designer, whether if it’s a design in a box or you have a full on series of consultations. They will help you consider things you have not. Plan and sketch up a layout. Use olioboard.com, an online moodboard site that is free to the public! The moodboard in this blog has been created there. It will help you pull colors, textures and materials together to give you a great idea of the final look. If you don’t have time or are not creative, contact me to create one for you, http://www.selmahammer.com/

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STEP 5: STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE!

Whether you have a professional woodworker make you custom built-ins designed by an interior designer or you buy some shelves from Target, make sure you have ample storage. You will want hidden storage and multi-functioning pieces. Make sure you mix in some of your favorite objects, whether it’s your travel finds, favorite vases or picture frames. Mix these in with your books, manuals and binders. Make pretty book covers! Take old wallpaper samples and cover your binders and books to add a personalized, pretty touch.

Consider buying mullion door cabinets, you can then store items while showcasing them through glass. You can highlight and arrange your items in a decorative manner, especially if your office is a space in your home that is not hidden. My office is right off the foyer so I have to make sure it’s presentable at all times. If you buy large storage pieces, you can also move them around your home or take them with you when you move, which you could not do with custom built-ins. You can also rearrange your space as your needs change and your business flourishes.

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STEP 6: REUSE & RENEW: Look around your house.

Whether you can recover an old dining room chair and use it as your office chair or you find some unique storage items, be smart with what you have!

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Thanks and feel free to photo reply with some other awesome home offices or your own office that you need help with or are proud of! Thanks for stopping by!!

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