Do you have a home office? If you do, you have probably struggled with how much time and money to invest in it. Even if you work from home, it can be hard to see spending money on your decorating your home office as an investment rather than just an expense.
Here’s a look at five frugal home office decorating ideas that can have you working more efficiently with a very small investment:
Create the Mood
The mood of your home office is very important because you’ll be spending a lot of time there! To help you get started, create a mood board based on what you do most often in the office.
For example, an office in which you write a lot has different needs than high-detail hand illustration. Your first step is to collect images that speak to what you intend to do in this office. Pinterest is a great place to assemble these images and find inspiration from your network.
Choose Light Bulbs Intentionally
Efficient workspace lighting is very important. Make sure you’re using the right bulbs depending on the tasks you perform most often. Not sure where to start? Separate your needs into mood lighting, task lighting, and balancing lighting.
Mood lighting should be more dim and in a softer shade of yellow. Task lighting should be bright and white. Balancing lighting refers to balancing out the other lights in the room, like having a soft glowing light while you use the computer so that your eyes are not too strained.
(Note from Daisy: Lighting can do a lot for mood, Sarah is right. That’s why retailers use lighting to manipulate the shopping environment!)
Be An Artist
Art is expensive, but not if you DIY! Once you figure out the appropriate color for your office using your mood board, purchase a large canvas and paint from an art store and create your own abstract painting. It will add color and mood to the office without costing an arm and a leg. This is a home office decorating idea that will make your office more personalized.
Use Free Apps
The app market is exploding for Android and Apple phones. Investigate free and low cost productivity apps to help you stay on track throughout your workday. For to do lists, check out Teux Deux, Evernote, and Todoist. For productivity tools, try Pocket, Dunno, and the Pomodoro Timer Lite. For collaborating, check out Skype, Toodledo, and Workflowy.
Depending on how much time you spend in your home office, the decor and organization can have a huge impact on your productivity and comfort levels. Investing time and just a little bit of money into it will pay you back in the form of increased productivity and desire to be in your office, working hard!
How do you stay organized and focused in your home office?