Written by Susie Wilson. Check out more articles on her blog at https://happierhome.net/blog/.
Working from home is tough. Distractions abound and there are no coworkers to prop you up through the dreariest of tasks. Sprucing up your home workspace can make a world of difference to both your motivation and energy levels. But you can’t really afford that, right? Nope! Makeovers can be dirt-cheap. Below are some tips on how to upgrade your home without burning a hole in your pocket:
Light a scented candle
Did you know that smells can make you happy and energetic? Scents like citrus and peppermint are known happiness boosters to science, says The Healthy, and they’re inexpensive. Lighting a scented candle while you’re working or adding a drop of oil to warm water can make your home office smell amazing.
Move your home office
Moving your home office – from a living room to the kitchen, for example – is a simple but powerful way to change it for the better. Look for a space with lots of lighting and a good airflow – you need both to function optimally. Section off the space with dividers, if you can swing it, to give it a proper office feel.
Don’t underestimate décor! Beautifying your space boosts your mood and also truly makes that space yours and yours alone. Some ways to decorate include propping up childhood photos, hanging up a printout of a landscape, and spray painting your wall a calming shade of green or blue.
Consider standing instead of sitting
According to Healthline, sitting too much is not good for your health. It can lead to heart disease and diabetes, not to mention you don’t burn any calories. Consider standing while you work, at least occasionally. Invest in a standing desk if you can. Putting a small coffee table on your desk also works in a pinch.
Put some books under your monitor
Ideally, your monitor should be at eye level when you’re sitting or standing. This prevents bad posture and neck problems. There are stands you can buy to bring up your laptop or monitor. You can also always build a small tower out of books you have lying around – and then put your screen on top.
Get a plant – or two or three
EcoWatch reports that having plants at home improves your mental health, bolsters your immune system, and even boosts productivity. Did we mention plants also look great, especially if they have flowers, and aren’t hard to care for? Place a potted plant or two around your desk if you haven’t already.
Go ergonomic for extra comfort
Your health is important. Spending long hours scrunched up on an uncomfortable chair or couch, tapping away at a keyboard that hurts your fingers, is how you lose it quickly. Using ergonomic furniture – the kind that’s non-hurtful and supports your body – may be a good idea. Be aware that ergonomic furniture is costly.
Repair what’s broken if new furniture is out of reach
If you can’t afford new ergonomic furniture, you can fix up an old, super-comfortable couch or chair you have lying around (or found someone selling for cheap online). You can enlist an upholstery service to make it almost as good as new. A quick ‘reupholstering near me’ check on a search engine will bring up results.
If you do decide to use such a service, be sure to evaluate companies by checking their reviews online. Start by getting a quote from a company you like, after discussing your needs. How much will it cost? It depends on the condition of the item, the type of fabric, and whether you want something custom-designed. A large couch could cost anywhere from $1200 to $3500 to make pristine.
Revamping your home office not only makes it look and feel better, but it also helps you in practical ways – like by making your work easier. For best results and to keep yourself interested in the endeavor, make small changes to your home workspace every day. In a few weeks, you’ll be working in the office of your dreams.