How to Spice Up Your Home Office on The Cheap and Make It More Creative 47

How to Spice Up Your Home Office on The Cheap and Make It More Creative

Your home office is where the magic happens every morning. So you need to feel at ease, have a focused mind the moment you sit on your chair and open up your laptop. And be able to spend hours there without getting bored or lacking motivation to get things done.

To guarantee you’re doing your best every day, let’s spice things up. Your workspace should be used for business only. But there are also some little changes you can make, design ideas you can give a try, and desk hacks you can implement, to boost the creative energy.

Let’s see how to turn your home office into a creativity and productivity sanctuary:

1. Keep it minimal.

First and foremost, get rid of clutter. That could be items on your desk you don’t use but which have always been there. Too many folders, sheets, pens, notepads, etc.

You can even decide to go paperless, although that might not be an easy thing if you’re used to writing things down and have notepads everywhere.

Dedicate a weekend to decluttering your home office. For each item, ask yourself if it’s something you use daily. If that happens just every now and then, it doesn’t need to be in a visible place.

The point is to stick to the basics. It’s proven that an organized desk leads to better productivity.

2. Add greenery.

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Plants in the office will immediately change the whole atmosphere. It’s a good design idea too.

They make the air cleaner, give you an energy boost, are pleasant to look at, and give your desk a much fresher look.

3. Personalize your home office.

Here are some fun ways to decorate your creative space, feel like at home, and also keep things professional and business-oriented at the same time:

  • Add wall art (but keep this minimal too);
  • A photo or two of your loved ones would be a great addition to your desk;
  • Make business cards if you haven’t already, and keep them in a drawer nearby;
  • Get a coffee mug with a motivational quote;
  • Order a custom mouse pad;
  • Get creative with your desktop background;
  • Choose colorful office supplies;
  • Spray paint things that look old and cheap to give them a fresh look;
  • Add your initials here and there.

All this will make you smile every time you enter the place. Your mind will be calm and ready to concentrate on what’s important.

4. Have a vision board.

A whiteboard might be one of the most practical things for your home office space, as it can be used for many purposes but only takes vertical space.

The easiest way to make the most of this little helper is to write down your tasks for the day, or jot down ideas that you’ll come back to later. But it can be about more than that.

This can be your visualization board. As you may know, this is the practice of imagining your goals and dreams as if they are already true. It’s a fantastic way to use the law of attraction and be inspired to take action to get closer to these objectives. Ultimately, such a vision, when it gets to your subconscious mind, can help you reach all your business goals.

But you can just use the vision board for daily inspiration. Add quotes, photos, fancy calendars and notes.

If you’re wondering what you can add to it, let that be the things you should stay focused on and what you want to achieve in the near future. Here’s how to create such a board for your workplace at home.

5. Get comfy.

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Before anything else, you must feel comfortable there. Of course, that begins with your chair. However, if you’re on a tight budget, there are other ways to spice things up.

Get a special pillow and add it behind your back.

Have a DIY standing desk by putting books under your computer.

Make sure the top of your monitor is at the level of your eyes. And keep it 20-30 inches away from you. This, together with regulating text size, screen brightness and even color temperature, will help you stay away from eye strain.

These home office design and organization ideas should be enough to let you give your workplace a makeover on the cheap.

Any other smart and easy ways to spice up your home office?

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Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.

 

Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

Reach out and build a support network.

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It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.

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Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.