10 Essentials for the Perfect Work From Home Office Set Up

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Your work from home office set up can make or break your remote work vibe. You can throw a desk in a room and call it good. Or, you can take a little time to curate the perfect home office that is not only inviting but inspiring, where you’ll be more productive, boost your happiness and improve your overall well-being. 

What makes a home office perfect? It’s all about the feels. The perfect work space will enable you to “get in the zone.” It will evoke sentiments of motivation, inspiration and creativity. You’ll find the right amount of relaxation needed to achieve high levels of concentration.  

Does your current office fall short of inspiration and perfection? Not to worry. With a few changes and additions, you’ll find yourself eager to get to work every morning.

Below are items I used to transform my home office into my work sanctuary.  

#10 Scented Candles 

There is nothing like the light scent of your favorite flower, spice, nut or fruit to create an inviting space. A scented candle is a great way to create an ambiance ideal for getting work done. The right fragrance will hone your senses, spark creative juices and help you get in the deep-thinking zone. 

Strategically place candles to create an ethereal aroma. You want to tantalize your senses, not assault them.  

Try your desk, bookshelf or side table, and make it part of your daily routine to light the candle(s). Having a few scents on hand to choose from is never a bad idea. When you find yourself in a rut, switch up your scent and gain a new perspective. Be sure to have backups so you’ll never run out.  

Farrah’s Pick

Green Tea Leaves
by DW Home 

#9 Adjustable Footrest 

When sitting at your desk for extended periods of time, it’s likely you’ll start to stiffen. By the end of the day, you may really feel the toll of the hours. There are a few ways to mitigate such aches and pains, but one of my favorites is with my footrest.   

A footrest takes pressure off your back and legs and nestles discreetly under your desk.  

When shopping for a footrest, you’re sure to find something within your budget as they range anywhere between $25 to $200. I highly recommend you choose one that is adjustable and has a massage feature. You’ll immediately feel a difference, and your body will thank you.  

Farrah’s Pick

Mind Reader Rest by Mind Reader

#8 Balance Ball Chair 

Balance balls are not just for the gym. They make great alternative office chairs too.  

A balance ball chair will strengthen your core, improve your posture and burn calories, all while having a productive work day. It’s a win-win solution.   

Don’t want to balance on a ball all day? Try alternating between your regular desk chair and a balance ball throughout the day. And a word of caution… no bouncing during video calls. Your colleagues may get dizzy.  

Farrah’s Pick

Ultimate Balance Ball Chair
by Giam

#7 Accent Chair With Ottoman 

Sitting at a desk all day can be draining. Even if you have a footrest and a balance ball, you’ll still appreciate a more comfortable option, especially if your job requires a lot of reading. Enter an accent chair and ottoman.  

Pair your accent chair with a decorative pillow, cozy throw, side table and lamp—preferably placed by a window—and you’ve got yourself the ultimate reading nook.  

Anytime you need to read something lengthy, get out from behind your desk and fall into your reading nook to kick back, relax and get in the zone.  

Short on space? Consider a recliner or rocking chair instead of an accent chair with an ottoman.  

#6 Desk Mirror 

You’ve just hung up from a 45-minute video call where you presented to senior leaders. You’re feeling pretty great about it as you head for a quick bio break. But your elation is dashed as you glance in the mirror and find a piece of spinach, wedged between your front teeth. Oh no!  

Do not let this be you! The simple solution, and home office essential, is a mirror. I prefer to have one conspicuously placed directly on my desk near my monitor so I can periodically check my hair, makeup and teeth in seconds. However, if you’re short on desk real estate, you can hang one on your wall or have a compact mirror in the drawer of your desk. 

Farrah’s Pick

Free Standing Geometric Vanity Mirror
by Home Details

#5 Motivational Picture 

When you close your eyes and think of what motivates you, what do you see? Is it your family, your last vacation or a quote that really speaks to you? Whatever it is, take that vision and hang it up on your office wall or frame it for your desk.  

Having a visual representation to inspire creativity or motivation that you can glance at throughout the day is not just nice to have, it’s a must-have. Why? Work days can be long and draining. Everyone needs a boost of inspiration at some point.  

Farrah’s Pick

3 Piece Inspirational Canvas Wall Art
by Guttaty

#4 Pomodoro Timer 

Why, you ask, would someone need a timer when we already have so many devices that have clocks? Because having a specific timer will make you actually use it!

Timing oneself has long been a secret of successful people. Too often, we spend far too much time working on things that should take less time. Why? We haven’t given ourselves a timeframe in which to complete the task. We start working on it with no idea of when we started and no parameters of when we should finish.  

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.[1] It uses a kitchen timer to break work into intervals, typically 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as a pomodoro, from the Italian word for tomato, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer Cirillo used as a university student.[2][3] 

Using this system has proven to help people become more productive. Want to get more done in your day without adding hours to it? Get yourself a Pomodoro Timer (aka kitchen timer) and begin timing your tasks. It’s all about quality over quantity.  

Farrah’s Pick

Ticktime Pomodoro Timer
by Pihen

#3 Area Rug 

Nothing ties a room together quite like a rug. No matter what fashion or atmosphere you’re going for, there is a rug that will complete the look. Using color, texture and design, you can create a space that suits your style.

When creating a traditional office, similar to what you’d find in a business setting, aim for a round medallion rug with colors such as navy and gray. 

Is a relaxing office more your thing? Choose a rug with warm neutral earth tones like beige and brown for a boho-chic vibe.

Do you want an energetic office? Go for a rug with bright colors such as pink, yellow or green. You can take it a step further with a fun pattern such as polka dots or an animal print.   

#2 Lighting 

Desk lamps are nice, but if you want to create a perfect home office, you need to step up your game. A remote controlled temperature floor lamp will do just that.

A color temperature lamp allows you to change the setting from warm to natural to cool without even getting up, thank you remote control. No matter what time of year it is, with your beautiful floor lamp, your office will be the perfect temperature.

#1 Plant Life

For the optimal home office, it’s all about that plant life. Adding a succulent to your desk will not only add color, it will add life; low maintenance, compact, cute little life. No perfect home office is truly complete without one. From cactus to aloe, the choices are nearly endless and won’t break the bank.  

Farrah’s Pick

Bliss Garden Succulent Box
by Lula’s Garden

If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll soon find yourself motivated to get to the office in the morning and slow to leave in the evening. It will become your new favorite place to be where even the most dreaded task becomes tolerable and your days are filled with accomplishments.  

Happy work from your perfect home office life

Tired of working from home? Check out 8 Tips to Avoid Work From Home Fatigue.

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