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As a result of some very unfortunate circumstances, i.e., the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us are at home, unable to go to work or other public spaces from fear of the contagion. It’s been a difficult adjustment to make for everyone, given the degree of reorientation our lives have undergone in the past few weeks.

Those of us fortunate enough to still have stable jobs and income have had to shift our workspaces to the home or dedicate hours working out of a designated space or home office. It’s okay if you’ve worked from home before, but not everyone’s comfortable with these new changes—often at the cost of our productivity and motivation.

This is why we’ve put together some tips by one of Los Angeles’s top interior decorator Donna Livingston, for the perfect home office:

1. Get a sturdy desk and comfortable chair

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have an additional room dedicated to office work. You can convert any corner of your home into a workspace with the addition of the right table and chair.

However, keeping in mind that you will be spending a lot of time sitting and working, don’t compromise on the ergonomics and comfort by settling for sub-par furniture. Reach out to interior design consultant Los Angeles, Donna Livingston Design for recommendations if you don’t have leads.


2. Invest in a quality stationery and paperwork organizers

Clutter is the enemy of productivity. It’s distracting, uncomfortable, and makes you feel like you’re not doing enough.

A simple solution for that is to get your hands on some sectioned stationery organizers where you can place pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, and pretty much anything else you need. Not only will these knick-knacks be more organized, but they’ll also be easy to reach when you need them.

ink pen and paper

Additionally, buy binders and folders where you can partition and store paperwork for various projects, especially if there’s a lot of information to organize and process. This new way of organizing your documents and files can make you more productive as your struggle through your workload from home.

3. Add fresh flowers for a pop of color and nature

Workspaces tend to become mechanical and dreary, bringing in feelings of frustration and exhaustion because we can’t separate work and home life. One way to combat the ennui is through touches of nature!

fresh decorative flowers

Ms. Livingston recommends adding fresh flowers to your table, doing the same herself. Flowers and plants tend to have a therapeutic effect, giving your home and space the change it needs.

Your workspace should help you feel more creative and free, as opposed to restricting you. Open it up and add personal touches, be it artwork, furniture, or accessories that you like. You can get in touch with us for more recommendations, or contact our interior design agency Los Angeles for a consultation!

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