Creating a Home Office Workspace

by Oct 9, 2014
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What’s the key to creating the perfect home office? NJ shares her home office and provides some vital tips for productive working from home.

I recently jumped back into the world of freelance, and on realisation that I may be spending a little more time working from home, I decided to purchase a desk. I live in a one bed flat with limited space (have a nosy here), so after a shuffle around I made space in the corner of my room for an office area. But how do you make the most of a small space for big ideas? Here’s some of my tips:

Have a space for your inspiration

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I like to surround myself with inspiration for when I take a moment away from my screen. Having stuff hanging from the walls or pinned to a board has proven to be a useful trigger to spark a thought and get me furiously working again. It’s a great method to not only inspire creativity but also remind myself of the holiday I’m working towards or the new coat I fancy, which never fails to give me a kick up the bum every now and again.

Make sure you have as much natural light as possible

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Don’t give yourself a headache by hiding away in a dark room. Try and situate your desk near a window to not only give you perspective on what time of day it is, but more importantly improve your mood – studies have shown that natural light increases your productivity and helps your body concentrate.

And for the times it gets dark… make sure you have a desk light


We have all been there, the daylight fades and you are still working away. When these occasions occur, make sure to have a good light to get you through the night shift.

Hide the mess

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I hate mess, it throws me off my thought process. I am also an organised neat freak. To keep order and house all the essentials that are needed day-to-day, you can’t have too many storage boxes. Also treat yourself to a pen pot and post it notes (how many times have you been on the phone frantically looking for a pen while trying to memorise a number?!). The desk I bought conveniently has built-in shelves which are perfect for storage. Bills, magazines, print outs, post its… whatever it may be, stick it in a box!

Above all, your space needs to be comfortable and organised to allow for productivity. Happy working.

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About Natalie Jahangiry

Natalie is half Persian with a Geordie accent. Although small in stature, she makes up for it with a big personality! As a Graphic Designer you will often find Natalie gushing about her passion for all things creative and sharing her ideas with everyone and anyone who will listen. If she’s not decorating her house you will find her cooking up recipes from her foodie family or propped up in a cocktail bar in town.