Ready to spring clean your home office? Get started with these four top tips
If you work from home, spring is the perfect time to take a fresh look at your home office and make sure that your work space is really working for you. Here are some tips to help you get started with your office spring clean.
Make sure you’re getting enough light
When you start planning a home office spring clean, don’t forget to consider how well your office is lit. Studies show that our cortisol levels fall dramatically if we don’t get enough daylight, or if our lighting is too dim, which can leave us feeling sleepy and stressed, instead of energetic and ready to go. If your office isn’t getting enough light, check out these tips for improving the natural and artificial lighting in your office.
Check your desk setup
When you’re taking a fresh look at your home office, it’s a great time to double-check your office ergonomics, and make any adjustments to prevent repetitive strain injuries and even musculoskeletal disorders. Check out these tips from the NHS about how to set up your chair and desk, and how to sit correctly. You might even want to think about trying a standing desk, which is reported to improve circulation and even boost productivity. This standing desk gallery shows that they can be adapted to all kinds of work spaces.
Declutter to improve your focus
It wouldn’t be a spring clean without a really good tidy, and for good reason! Studies have found that clutter competes with our attention and prevents us from focusing at work, so get your workspace organised, throw out or file away anything you don’t need, and relocate anything from your home life that may have crept into your work area (it happens!). To get started, check out these 10 decluttering tricks from Lifehacker. Our Pinterest board of office organisation tips can help you make a great start too.
Bring in office plants to improve concentration and focus
Plants don’t just help your office look great, they could even help you focus - studies have shown that having plants in the office can help to increase our attention span at work. If you fancy bringing some green into your home office this spring, check out this Pinterest board for some inspiration, or this gallery of air-purifying plants to get even more benefits.
If you’re looking to make even bigger changes to your home office, check out our Pinterest board of inspiring office designs. Happy spring cleaning!
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