May 27, 2020 DIY Home

9 Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Home Office—Featuring Tips from Nebraska Bloggers

In the last couple of months, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have made a sudden pivot to working remotely. While this has been an easy transition for some, for others it has been a challenge to create a sudden work-from-home space right on the spot. And, even though restrictions are slowly easing here in Omaha, there are still many individuals who are planning on staying home for a few more weeks or months, making a cozy home workspace still very necessary.

To give you some inspiration, we’ve rounded up a few tips—along with some DIYs from local bloggers. Whether you just want to add a few homey touches or want to redecorate the entire space, these tips will help your WFH space work for you. Enjoy!

Decorating Tips

Give yourself a view


Research shows that individuals with more natural light in their space are more productive — and happier, healthier and calmer. So when creating your ideal work-from-home locale, make sure to organize it so your desk is facing a window. Not only will it give you something else to look at other than a wall, but it will also help you stay on task and eliminate some of those cabin-fever blues.


Organize vertically and horizontally

Many home office spaces aren’t massive, so using the space efficiently is imperative. That’s why we recommend organizing your gear vertically as well as horizontally. Hang floating shelves on walls to get papers and office supplies off your desk and use vertical file folders on your desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach. Cube storage is also a great way to maximize organization space while also having spots to display your favorite odds and ends.


Use what you already have


When it comes to suddenly having to work from home when you’re used to going into an office every day, splurging on a bunch of new office supplies may not be in the budget. Instead, look around your house for desks, lamps, staplers, notebooks that may have found themselves buried in closets, attics, or spare rooms over the years. Who knew that the dusty package of sticky notes in your junk drawer would come in handy these days?


Add some humor

You’re going to be sitting in that space all day, so you might as well get a few fun objects to place around your desk that make you smile! Whether it’s a dachshund tape dispenser, a desk plate with a funny quote on it, or a box of quirky paper clips, the cute items you surround yourself with can make all the difference in your mood come workday.


Don’t forget a trash bin


This may be an obvious tip, but make sure to not forget to include a trash bin in your new work-from-home digs. Having a handy spot to throw junk mail, used notes, snack trash and other waste is an underrated way to keep your space clean and organized.


Include some homey accessories

Unless you’re going a more “contemporary route,” choose accessories that enhance the comfy feeling of a home office. A pretty mug for a pencil holder, kids’ drawings as wall art, family photos and squishy pillows are just some of the ways you can add a cozy touch to your workspace. Because why shouldn’t we embrace the WFH lifestyle these days?


Stretch your green thumb


Plants are all the rage these days, and it’s no wonder why! Potted plants can do wonders for the environment of a room. Not only do they help fresh air circulate and add a touch of greenery to the room, but they can also make a space feel cleaner and more relaxed. Not to mention that watering your plants is a great distraction from work. Need ideas on where to get your new plant buddy? Head to one of our favorite nurseries in the Omaha area!


Get some cable clips

There’s not much you can do to beautify the computer, printer, and phone, but you can hide unsightly cords. Start by making sure your equipment is close to outlets and easy to access if you need to unplug. Then use handy cable clips or organizers to help wrangle the cord jungle.  You’ll be amazed at the difference it will make!


Treat yourself with a comfortable chair


As long as you’ll be sitting all day, you might as well treat yourself to a comfortable chair. If you don’t want to splurge on a new chair right now, there are a few things you can do to make your current chair comfier to work in, like adding a back support pillow or a footrest, to elevate your feet while you’re sitting. If you’re more of a standing desk person—try DIYing your own by using a breakfast tray, some books, a few cardboard boxes or even an ironing board!


DIY Projects

Burlap Memo Board

Your office space should be a place that inspires you, through family photos, inspirational quotes and more. Jillian of The Anastasia Co. created a DIY Burlap Memo Board where you can display precious memories and inspirational photos using a few simple materials. Learn how you can recreate her project so you, too, can savor memories in picture form with this natural and rustic memo board!


Easy Photo Ledge


Photo courtesy of Her Heartland Soul

Decorating vertically can help make the most out of a small space. If you’re looking for a great DIY project to help fill up an empty wall in your new home office, check this one from Her Heartland Soul! Erin has created this amazing DIY picture ledge, where you can display all kinds of photos, art prints, quotes and more. The best part? It’s actually really easy to recreate!


Marble Computer Lazy Susan

Whether you like to use several different monitors at once or have a few adorable critters who like to use your desk as another bed, a monitor that moves may not be a bad idea. So when Jennifer of The Striped House posted this DIY for a computer Lazy Susan, we got very excited. Using just a potholder and a kit from Amazon, she created this simple and adorable piece that is just as functional as it is beautiful.


Faux Greenery


Photo courtesy of Life on Virginia Street

As we previously mentioned, adding greenery to your space can really brighten everything up. But if you don’t have a green thumb—we don’t blame you!—faux plants can be a great substitution. Sarah of Life on Virginia Street has a great tutorial on choosing the best faux plants and exactly how you should display them.


How do you WFH?

We want to know all about your WFH setup! Tell us about it in the comments or show us on Instagram by tagging us in your photos @NPDodge.

May 27, 2020 DIY Home
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