Even before the pandemic, there was a noticeable shift in the way people work as traditional offices become a thing of the past and more people choose the flexibility of remote work—all thanks to the gig economy. And while working in an office is far from obsolete, the option of being able to work from one’s home—and, by extension, forego the expense and inconvenience of commuting—has proven to be more than compelling for many.
At Awesome Nordic Home Decor, we know how important it is to have a space that is comfortable, pleasing, and productive in which you live and work. To affordably create your own ideal home office, read on.
Maintain your mojo
Some feel the flexibility and comfort of working from home can have a negative impact on productivity. While this can be true, it can be easily remedied by creating your very own office space at home. This can be challenging for those who have limited space and an equally limited budget—but no less doable.
As you weigh spaces and options, Fast Company suggests keeping in mind the type of work you do and the way your day tends to flow. With an eye toward your work style and preferences, you can design a space for optimal performance.
Don’t sweat the small space
Just because space is tight doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with working from your bed (or the back pains that go with it). With imagination and ingenuity, you can make a fabulous home office—even if you have nothing more than a small corner to work with.
Take stock of your home. Chances are, you can zero in on a nook, corner, or alcove that’s underused. Your choice of desk will be the most important thing to bring the space together. When you have space constraints to deal with, it’s important to choose a simple desk that serves the purpose as a work area without taking too much space. You can even consider repurposing a table to keep costs down.
Think outside the box
Of course, it’s possible that the small space you have available at home simply won’t cut it for the work or business that you do. For this reason, you may need to rethink your home in order to accommodate the needs of your operations.
One option is to consider revamping a garage. True, it’s a significant undertaking and, yes, you might need to dig deeper into your budget to get it done. However, if there’s a real need for an expansion to maintain your livelihood, it may be well worth the expense for the probable ROI.
Depending on the scope of what you need to do to make your garage, or any other space, office-worthy, it could be beneficial to refinance your home. A refinance for home improvements is a common choice among homeowners, and using equity to make significant updates could be a worthwhile value add for your home. In addition to having access to cash for your project, a refi could help you secure a lower mortgage payment or even lessen the duration of your loan.
If you’re unfamiliar with the refinance process, check out this PennyMac refi guide to fully understand the ins and outs of refinancing your mortgage.
Decorate to inspire (and stick to your budget, too)
Finally, set up your home office to support a positive and productive mindset. Just because you have budget and/or space constraints doesn’t mean that you can’t have a home office primed for inspiration and focus. Keep your budget low by hunting for bargains and used items, such as a repurposed desk, chair, storage, rug, and more.
Put a premium on organization and keeping clutter at bay by adding storage drawers and organizing tools. While personal touches are great, keep it to a minimum, as too much can be distracting.
Having your own home office will do great things for your ability to work. It’s definitely a sound investment in your career and in your home. Isn’t it fortunate that you don’t even need to break the bank to get it done?
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