Working from home has its perks, but it can also breed a lack of inspiration: You’re in the same place all day, in the same workspace that you’ve had for years. Instead of breaking up the monotony by changing jobs or going back to a daily commute, opt for a less drastic approach, like upgrading your home office to create a more welcoming environment. Even if you’re being conservative in your spending, you can make simple and effective changes that are both affordable and easy to do yourself. You can also find plenty of ideas for both inside your home and out on Home & Garden Trendds.
Focus first on getting the right equipment for every job you do – that can make a big difference in working efficiently and maximizing your productivity, which leads to greater job satisfaction. If your 5-year-old laptop is sluggish, for example, or doesn’t have a great camera for those numerous videoconferences, then an upgrade may be in order. This also applies to your workspace. If your desk is constantly full of clutter because it barely fits your computer, keyboard, and mouse, that clutter can be a discouraging daily sight, and it can interfere with your attempts to focus.
If you’re worried about the cost of upgrading your equipment and furniture, get creative about ways to help finance your project:
- Sell your existing equipment and furniture
- See if your computer store will make a deal and allow you to trade in your old model
- Cut back on other non-essentials, like eating out, or streaming television subscriptions
- Get a side gig that you enjoy and that you can easily do after hours
- Do a search for “refinance my home” to see if this is the best solution for you
If refinancing your home seems extreme, remember that refinancing simply replaces your current loan with another one. Even with the higher balance on your new mortgage loan, you could be trading your old one in for one with a lower interest rate, which could lower your monthly payment. The difference between your old loan and your new loan balances is what you get to keep, or “cash out.” Depending on how much equity you have in your home, this could not only pay for your office upgrades but perhaps pay off other bills, lowering your total monthly household expenses.
Decorative and inspirational touches
Once you’ve assessed and inventoried your basic workspace necessities, spend time on the aesthetic details, such as your walls, flooring, other furniture pieces, and lighting. Painting your walls is a fairly simple and cost-efficient avenue to a fast but tasteful updated look. Neutrals, greens, and blues help minimize distractions, and you can even opt for a white paint that does double-duty as a whiteboard for those videoconference illustrations while providing a great backdrop for some timeless black and white accent pieces.
If your indoor job prevents you from being outside as much as you’d like, try bringing the outdoors to you as much as possible. The easiest way to do this is by adding house plants and greenery, scientifically proven to reduce stress while increasing productivity. If your budget allows, you can add additional windows, increase the size of existing ones, or add a sliding glass patio or French doors for both an expanded view and more natural lighting.
Working happily is worth it
If you’ll be working from home for the foreseeable future or permanently, you will likely see an ROI – Return on Investment – from the time and money you put into upgrading your home workspace. Being in a comfortable and productive environment is likely to remind you all over again why you chose your profession and being happy with your work – and having others be happy with it as well – offers additional inspiration to take measures towards living your best life. You may even be inspired to upgrade other rooms in your house! If you do, remember to visit Home & Garden Trendds for additional tips and ideas.
Thanks to Suzie Wilson of Happier Home for this article.