I rent a little writing office, and I recently acquired an office mate. She was all set to move in when I realized I was embarrassed to have anyone see my workspace, let alone share it. At the time, it was a barren closet packed with boxes and junk I’d dragged in from the car.
Together we’ve been revamping, and slowly the storage closet is turning into a jewel box. Here’s what I’ve learned about making an office into an inspiring space.
1. Take good care of yourself.
It’s tough for an office to be inspiring if it’s not physically comfortable, so start by taking care of your body. Get yourself:
- a chair that doesn’t cause you pain,
- some good light,
- and maybe a pitcher of water to keep you hydrated.
There. That’s better already.
2. Make yourself welcome.
Now that you’re physically comfortable, consider how you feel when you walk in to your workspace. If you want to feel happier, start by removing junk and introducing a mood lifter.
Extra stuff makes it harder to find things, and sucks up your productive energy. So get rid of:
- everything you don’t absolutely adore, and
- anything you don’t use regularly.
Once you’ve cleared some space, treat yourself to something that sends a welcoming message:
- fresh flowers or a plant,
- some art,
- a seating space for visitors.