Hello design lovers!

As we carefully maneuver thru the COVID-19 situation, we, like you, are practicing social distancing, and working remotely. It is an important way we can do our part to help protect each other, but it does not make it easy.

Some of you will be busier than ever if you are working within these new circumstances, keeping children entertained, along with a watchful eye on family members in your community. For those of you who now find yourself working remotely from home, like us, the goal is to get a temporary space set up that allows you to focus on your tasks. To help, we have put together a list of ideas, along with photos, tips, tricks, and positive thinking ways, to carve out a place to work remotely. Working with purpose, and finding it as stress free as possible, is the goal! Here are our top ideas:

Find the joy in working remotely

Get more work done when you have:

  • Good task lighting.

  • Control of clutter.

  • Comfortable environment.

  • Noise solution.

Reduce noise while working

Create a room to work in that is soothing in color and sound; one that allows you to close yourself off from the noise in the rest of the house.

If you do not have a home office, ask yourself: “Is there another room in the home where I can work so I am alone?” Try a guest bedroom or basement; or use your own bedroom if there is space. Move distractions out of the room; out of site means out of mind.

If you do not have doors you could close, use ear buds or a noise reducing headset; use an app on your phone with soothing background noise.

Add a desk in a quiet corner

Include good task lighting.

Wall space to organize and inspire

If you are working in a tight space, the wall is a great way to get the clutter off of your desk. If you have kids home, it is also a nice way to let them know you are thinking about them while working.

Desks that fit in with your decor

If you are able to work remotely, but do not have a designated room to use, add a narrow desk that does not look like a work station; when in use simply remove noise around you with ear buds.

Organize your bookcase

This is a great time to give your bookcase ‘spring cleaning’.

Here are my tips:

  • Remove everything from the shelves and purge what you don’t use.

  • If you have a ton of books like this bookcase, re-arrange them by size, color, and rotate them so some are horizontal and vertical.

  • Pro tip: paint the back of the bookcase a ‘pop’ of color so the books are not the focal point.

Multi-purpose magnetic chalkboard

Yes this idea is good for children (especially if home schooling)… But what a great way to organize your thoughts, workload, and positive powerful ideas you have and need right now!

Working with storage containers

Work containers and binders look better with personalized decor mixed in with them.

Use woven baskets below a window seat for a more natural Zen feel.

Take time to renew your workspace

You get super busy, and suddenly your desk is full of clutter; you can’t find anything you need and your mind is now not clear. Take the time to remove everything from your desk, and re-organize. It will allow you to focus.

You may be in a ‘make shift’ office, or more permanent home base. We are not sure how long this ‘temporary normal’ will be, so please stay safe, and keep your ‘wellness’ up in your home. It’s important to keep motivated and in good spirits.