It Is Easier to Juggle Work and Motherhood with a Beautiful Home Office
By: Chloe Taylor
Chloe is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. She is passionate about photography, dance and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world with her husband and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics.
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In 2000 almost half of all home workers in Canada were women, and that number has not changed much since. Many of them have chosen that kind of lifestyle because they are also mothers, and they want to spend as much time with their families as they can. However, if you have ever tried doing some actual work while there is laundry scattered all around the house and dirty dishes in front of your sight, you know that that picture is not at all pretty. Still, if you manage to create a clear boundary between work and private life, by designing a lovely and inspiring home office, things will be much better. Here are some simple tips that will help you make your working space on a budget.
Establish Clear Boundaries
One of the most common misconceptions about working at home is that it will be easier to juggle everything if you are near the kitchen or some other area where you have home chores pending. That is usually not the case and you do need a door between you and the domestic to-dos. Find a room that is far from the noise but, relatively near the kids’ room if you need to check them out occasionally. However, make clear to them that that is mommy’s office and they should not interrupt too often. It is hard, but necessary. Reliable childcare would be helpful, if the kids are very young.
The Colours of Productivity
Painting is the most affordable way to breathe in new life into some space and since the colours can largely impact how you feel and how productive you are, you should choose them with care. The more intense the shade is the better it will stimulate the mind, but still try to balance the light and strong shades, for the soothing effect the lowly-saturated shades are providing. The best colour for a productive office is blue, but you can also use green and yellow.
The Working Area
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The most important part of your office will be the working desk and the chair. For the desk, you do not have to spend too much money. You can either find some old desk of the appropriate height you are not using or buy one at the flea market and get it just right with the sandpaper + paint combo, and even create a stylish statement item. The chair, however, should be very comfortable and provide lumbar support, so it is well worth the investment.
Let There Be Light
Lighting is very important for productivity, mood and focus. It would be best if you could find a room with sufficient natural light during the day (large windows = more work done), but if that is not the case you can try to compensate with artificial light sources. The key in getting the lighting just right is in layering. One overhead bulb is not enough. You should also use a table lamp and a floor lamp. You can kill two birds with one stone, and save some money, by using stylish lamps, which are at the same time useful and decorative.
Organize the Space
The last way you want to spend your time is by searching for lost files, pencils, paper, etc. Depending on your possibilities, you can store those and other items on vertical shelves, baskets or labelled boxes. It would be best to find an office desk with plenty of drawers. A corkboard on your wall will be a neat place to hang the reminders, schedule or the ‘maps’ to finding your stuff.
Put the Accent on ‘Home’
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When you have made the decision to work from home, one of the main reasons was probably to actually be at home. If you design a cold sterile home office, you might as well go back to your regular job. There is no law against making the office comfy and warm, so go for it. Add a cozy soft rug as a focal point and some flowing curtains to make the space feel more appealing. Make one wall a family-friendly one, by hanging photos of your children and their drawings. It will put a smile on your face each time and remind you why you are doing this.
Childproof the Office
It is inevitable for your kids to spend some time in the office, especially when you cannot or do not want to find childcare. Make sure the space is safe for them to stay in by covering all the corners and the outlets. Keep the breakable objects and anything you consider they might hurt themselves with out of their reach. Also, if they will stay there more often, design a nook for them to play (their toy box, some cushions, drawing table, etc.).
It is easy to get caught up in work when your office is this beautiful, but remember that your kids should receive undivided attention whenever you are able to provide, that is the biggest perk of having a home office.