With the new year coming up, millions of people will resolve to lose weight, quit smoking or save up some cash. It’s the perfect time to stop procrastinating and get things done - like organizing your home and personal life. That said, when was the last time you gave any thought to your home office set-up?
Whether your at-home workspace needs a complete revamp or you’re just looking to freshen things up a bit, we’re sharing our favorite tips and tricks below to instantly create the ultimate zen area for you to focus on your tasks at hand.
Spruce Things Up
You’ll likely be spending many hours here each week, so your home office should be a place that inspires you. A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference for your office blues (or beiges), whether you’re lacking creativity or just having a hard time staying on task.
According to scientific studies, there are psychological effects to colors that change the way you feel. Warm tones will make you feel happy and energized upon entering a room, while cool tones are tranquil and can help you to calm down and relax.
If you’re struggling to stay on top of your workload, consider giving your office a coat of yellow paint. A cheerful and optimistic color, it’s also been proven to help increase focus. For a high-pressure job that keeps you stressed out, try a calming blue, which is said to slow heart rate and respiration as well as lower blood pressure. And if you’re in a creative rut? Go for purple, known as the color of the imagination. Favored by artists, writers and musicians alike, purple is known to encourage creativity.
Breathe Life into Your Space
Plants and greenery can add character to an otherwise stuffy office environment. While the cosmetic benefits are great, indoor plants can also help sharpen your focus, improve your health and purify the air. In fact, research from NASA found that indoor air can be as much as 12 times more polluted than outside air in some areas, due to compounds in paint, furnishings, clothing and building materials. Plants remove up to 87% of these volatile organic compounds and other toxins every 24 hours.
Creating a healthier office space is as simple as bringing in a few plants. If you’ve killed your fair share of succulents and flowers in the past, fear not - there is no green thumb required! There are many different types of indoor house plants that are easy to take care of and incredibly resilient. For low maintenance plants that require minimal care, opt for a jade plant, snake plant or pothos - they need minimal watering and can survive with low-light and in various temperatures.
Get Rid of Clutter
It’s easy to let it happen. A few bills here and there. Some stacks of mail and piles of paper that you’ve been meaning to shred. And not to mention all the important “just-in-case” documents we’re reluctant to toss. These things continue to add up until, suddenly, you find yourself buried under a mountain of neglected paperwork at your desk. Not only can this be an unsightly obstacle course, but all of this clutter can be mentally draining, making it difficult to get things done. Research shows time and time again that clutter is bad for your physical and mental health.
There’s a few immediate things you can do to help - switch any newspaper or magazine subscriptions from print to online, remove yourself from catalog and junk mail lists and opt to pay your bills online. But if you’re looking to go completely paperless, enter the ScanSnap iX1500 document scanner. With it, you can scan any type of document straight to the cloud. Not only will this save drawer space and give you back some real estate on your desk, it makes documents incredibly easy to find. Gone are the days of shuffling through mounds of paper to find one specific report - once you have everything digitized, you can search for what you’re looking for in a snap.
There are endless simple solutions to makeover your office that won’t break the bank. What other tricks do you have when you’re in need of a change in your work space?