Working at home is absolutely one of life’s luxuries; however, with the combination of Covid driving us all to the brink of insanity with WFH overkill and the lovely added perk (sarcasm) of the WFH distraction that inevitably rears its ugly head (ie: I could be doing laundry, the pantry canisters need their labels redone, that hanging picture is not perfectly centered…you get the drift) it can often be more daunting to be setting up shop from home base than it is productive. For this very reason organization is key when it comes to being as productive as possible.
While I haven’t always had a team working with me (my GGirls I love you!) I am blessed to have the best assistants on the planet who, being millennials, have these superpowers that allow them to work remotely the majority of the time while still being just as productive as in house emoloyees. While the Container Store and custom workplace home-office builders, such as Closets by Design, are a few of my favorite options when it comes to designing an office space (and, shocker, among the pricier options too) you can in fact find just as chic shelving, desk, etc. options at lower price range places like IKEA or consignment shops. Organization tools on any budget. While I want to dive into those specifics later – knowing what piece to invest and which ones not to invest in plays a key role in landing the office of your dreams. In the meantime, scroll below to see the top 3 office tools I need to function in any office space, especially from home!
My 3 General Suggestions For WFH:
Aside from organization picking a color palette for your home office space that showcases your personality and taste while allowing you creative liberty is also essential in having a workspace that you actually want to, and can, sit in for prolonged periods of times. There are days when I spend ten hours straight sitting at my desk (Starbucks runs in between every 2 hours obviously) – so PLEASE for the love of all things holy and for the sake of your back please invest in a comfortable chair.
I personally like to have a solid chair (lucite) with a fluffy pillow – it keeps my posture perfect and allows me to snuggle in when I get antsy. I love black and gold anything so having that surround me makes for the perfect private escape. Being a huge fan of minimalism when it comes to the work place I also take full advantage of every square inch.
File holders, boxes of all sizes, sparatic statues and magnetic everything are life savers when it comes to having efficient space especially when you have assistants who are rockstars and wear multiple hats with their responsibilities. This set up is a combination of IKEA chairs and shelving and all Container Store organization bins. *picture
Lastly, every detail counts. From your glasses to your card case and always fresh flowers. They bring life to any space and the details make you feel like even the slightest thing can pull everything together.
Also, this article has 17 amazing additional tips and ways to stay organized at home that I love and you will too!
My 3 favorite functional office tools to keep things going strong:
1. Quirky Cordies: http://bit.ly/2nz8Vvc $13 at Walmart
Having a desktop chord management system that organizes every cable known to man is literally one of my favorite things to have whether at home working or on the go. Five rubber grips with four slots can hold power cords, USB cords, cellphone chargers, audio cables, headphones and more.
2. Magnetic Wall Pocket: http://bit.ly/2mOM2oV $20 at The Container Store
The Magnetic Wall Pocket keeps everything organized on the office wall except it has wider design ideal for file folders and documents. Personally i find this to be a life saver for organization the night before each workday. Simply throw all files needed for the following days meetings into the wall pocket and just grab and go in the morning. The pocket comes with magnets for posting to-do lists, reminders and even hanging keys on the outside – GENIUS!
3. Laptop Stand: http://dell.to/2ng2UQE $17 by Rolodex
Not only does this stand hold a laptop but most importantly its cooling vents keep it from overheating (remember those ten hour writing sessions I sometimes mention throughout these articles? Overheating is real!) Its cable management system feature keeps wires organized and the stand can be adjusted from 12-degree to 35-degree angles for whatever the best angle for viewing and typing is