Collin and I are about to celebrate our one year anniversary (uhm, what?!) and I just can't believe it. I mean I feel like we just got married yesterday still! It's a little scary how fast time flies. We've had one crazy year so I've decided to do a year of marriage in review post that will go live in the next few weeks. See what all we have been through this year, what all we have learned and what we are striving for in the future, I'm excited about sharing with you guys!
This week on the blog I wanted to give you a peek inside my home office and share with you my home office essentials! Working from home is great for many reasons but it can also be a challenge. Working from home requires a lot of self-motivation and self-discipline if you want to be productive. Whether you are self-employed, an independent contractor, or you work remotely for a large company, typically all these essentials apply! There are many companies that will not let you work from home if you don't have things like printing and scanning capabilities.
HOME OFFICE ESSENTIALS
-fast, reliable internet
- no distractions
is SO important!! Not just that you have it but that you have reliable and fast internet. If you work for a corporate company and have a company laptop, you may have a secure server to reach shared files with your company. Reliable internet is necessary for these connections.
My husband Collin used to always say in college "dress well, test well" and I've found that this saying can apply in so many different ways. Yes it's nice to roll out of bed and throw on a hat but if you know you've got a big day of projects and important work, get up and get ready as you'd normally go in the office. This also applies to your workspace. A clean and tidy workspace is important for me to be productive. If I have bills and receipts piled up (which is what my office looks like right now, yikes!) it can be hard to focus on what you need to accomplish for the day or an upcoming project. Its best to try to keep your personal "work" items separate.
Who doesn't LOVE office supplies? They are my most favorite and dangerous items to shop for lol! It's not often that you drop in office depot but when you do.... you suddenly find yourself needing all the office supplies you can lay your hands on. It's dangerous. I opt for dual function office supplies, ones that do the job and also look cute on my desk :). I found my clear acrylic tape dispenser and stapler at target! TJ Maxx always sells the cutest supplies like paper clips and binder clips. I of course have some rose gold ones to fuel the obsession.
A reliable and functional printer and scanner is necessary as well. I don't love using my scanner as it takes forever and I often have to plug in my computer or flash drive to upload the scan, so I've recently discovered this awesome app called iScanner. You can use your phone to take a picture of the document you want to scan and it makes it look EXACTLY like it came off a scanner. I haven't tried scanner a color page yet but I love that it makes it look like a readable black and white scan. Perfect for sending professional documents!
When working from home it can be hard to only focus on work if you have a cluttered home or laundry to do. I always try to keep my house as clean as possible so that I'm not tempted to clean while I'm working. Or I make sure that I get up early and straighten the house so that I can focus on my work with no home chore distractions. Don't get me wrong, one of the perks of working from home is that you can knockout a few of those chores when you find a break in your work or a slow period during the day. But it's not the best time to re-organize your cabinets or deep clean the bathroom. If you need to wipe down your countertops or switch over the laundry, then yes! Those are great, simple, and easy tasks that you could tackle in between phone conferences or emails.
I often find that once I sit down to work it's actually really hard for me to pull myself away. What's great about working from home is that you don't have distractions you might normally see in a office setting like socializing with your co-workers or going out for an hour lunch. You can always take a shorter lunch and save money by eating at home :)
As far as layout and home office decor goes - it took me a while to find the right layout out I liked for the room. I just got in there with the furniture pieces I knew I wanted in there and played around with a few different layouts a few times and tried them all out until I found one that functioned well with the space and worked for me. I always suggest finding furniture placement first before you hang anything on the wall. I decided to do a gallery wall on the one main wall that I had with no doors or windows. It makes for a great background for my desk and office chair. I added a few smaller tables around the room to house things like office supplies and a TV. I eventually would love to do two small custom shelving units on either side of my desk for more organization but I love using what we already have for now!
Side note: How cute is Remi? She always comes and lays at my feet under the desk when I work from home, or if she is really needy sometimes she crawls up in the chair with me and pretends shes a 10 lb lap dog!
If you have any questions about my home office items or essentials let me know in the comments below! :) Or I'd love to hear if you guys have any essentials that aren't on my list. :) I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!!
Stephanie Grace Benton