Home A Space for Work and Play

Home A Space for Work and Play

Alice RobertsonNow’s a great time to plan a home office. Working from home is no longer considered unusual, and having a formal workspace may even increase the value of your home.

More and more companies are switching to a remote work platform. In fact, approximately 16% of businesses around the world only hire people who can work from their home offices. If your company has yet to adopt this strategy, don’t give up hope. And, if you plan to start your own business, you should plan to have a home office.

Where you put your home office depends upon many factors, from your budget to the layout of your home. According to Refresh Renovations, adding an office can cost just a few hundred dollars on the low end to more than $91,000 if you have to build a new room or separate outbuilding. An ideal location would be a spare bedroom or flex space on the perimeter of your home. In other words, as convenient as it may be, the dining room table probably

isn’t a great place to work, especially

if you have kids.

When you work or run a business from home, you’re going to naturally spend more time at your address. Because of this, you will also want to designate space for “off the clock” activities, such as painting, meditating, or crafting. Having a dedicated recreational zone is one of the best ways to ensure that you can achieve balance between work and home. Remember, having a place to relax your mind will actually boost your creativity and help you be a better worker.

If you do not have space inside of your home for both an office and a recreational area, it’s time to turn your eyes to the outdoors. Even a small covered patio will make a big difference in how much time you spend outside with your friends and family. One of the best home upgrades is an outdoor kitchen. The BBQ Guys blog explains that this extends your living space, gives you a place to entertain, and can even help you save money on your energy bills.

Every room in your home contributes to your quality of life. When you rely on you home place to also be work headquarters, you want to ensure that each space brings positivity to your day. With this in mind, spend some time cleaning, adding plants, decluttering, and ensuring that each room is optimized for its purpose. For example, the bedroom should be painted in soothing colors to promote relaxation and induce healthful sleep. Your office should have ample natural light and, if necessary, be soundproofed to reduce distractions. Invest in a quality, supportive chair and a sturdy desk with plenty of storage to help keep your desktop clutter-free.

Working from home means spending more time in one space. This can quickly get tedious, so you have to act now to take measures to reduce burnout and enhance the enjoyability of the place you call home. You must also create designated spaces for work and play so that you can more easily separate from each when it’s time to focus on one. The above tips are just a few ideas, but, ultimately, however you set your home up should work for your budget, family, and lifestyle.

Alice Robertson with Tidy Home specializes in home organization. Reach Alice at: