As someone who has worked from home for years, I know how important it is to have a suitable spot to spend your working hours. But I know that many people who started working from home during the pandemic have struggled to create a space that really works for them. Today, I thought I would briefly mention a few tips that might help you improve your home work space – the sustainable way.
- Create a dedicated desk or working area with reclaimed wood or other reclaimed materials. If you’ve been working at a dining table, or in another more communal space, you might think about how you can make use of an under-utilised corner to make a more dedicated work space. Remember, desks made of reclaimed timber could fold out from a wall or windowsill when needed, and don’t necessarily have to take up a lot of space. Reclaimed materials can also be used to make storage – and it is good to be able to clear things away at the end of the day and have proper separation between work and leisure time.
- Light is very important. Having natural light can really make a difference. Consider where sunlight comes into your home, and how a working space should be configured to make the most of it – without causing issues with screen glare etc.. Especially in winter, when light levels can be low, even switching out light bulbs for softer or brighter LED options can make the work environment more comfortable.
- One other simple tip – work near plants. Houseplants improve air quality and there are proven effects for stress-relief, mood and productivity of having plants nearby. You might not think that a simple plant can make a big difference – but it really can.
These are just a few simple tips to help you consider how you might be able to improve your work life as you work from home. But without spending a fortune or buying lots of new things.