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How to Spruce Up Your Work Desk?
Simple touches can make a world of change to your study or work space at home. Here we are looking at easy ways to spruce up your work/ study desk.
Choosing the right table
Having the right desk, depending on your needs, is the first step. Do you need multiple monitors, space for a lot of paperwork or do you just need space for your laptop? A functional desk with space adequate for your needs and ample storage space is the foundation in setting up your work space. Glass desks are getting more popular these days, so are standing desks. Standing desks are ideal for those who work long hours sitting down.
Declutter- avoid to many personal things, bring in only necessary
The study or work desk gets easily cluttered with stacks of paper, notepads, sticky notes and stationery. It is always good practice to avoid clutter. Keep things that are only necessary for your work on the desk as this will help you focus more.
For example, you do not have to keep all the pens and pencils you own in the pen holder sitting on your desk. You only need a few in different styles and inks. Rest can be stored away until the need arises.
Adding lighting to your work space is key in not just sprucing up the space but also essential to completing visual tasks and ensuring productivity. Offices and schools are lit with cool blue light which are crucial in maintaining a stimulating work environment. Warm white/yellow lights are too relaxing and might result in you drifting off while working or studying.
Even though most home offices or studies come with pendant lighting in the middle of the room, this could cast shadows while you are on your desk, therefore a desk lamp with dimmable light is ideal.
As important as organising and decluttering your desk is tidying all those electric cables lying around. The messy tangled cable situations can be an unsightly and an obstacle, especially on glass desks. Keeping your cords organized not only makes your space look tidy but also keeps everything working efficiently.
Easiest way to do this is by investing in a smart desk or smart lamp with wireless charging options thereby reducing the number of cables you have lying around on your table. If cables cannot be avoided, they can be tidied by using command hooks and cable ties.
You can read more here on how to clean up messy cables from : PC Magazine
Choosing a color theme
Having a color theme running through your home office can easily set the mood. Choosing a stimulating yet calming color can motivate you and boost productivity. Blue, Green and Yellow have been home office staple colours, but the trends also show pink, grey and neutral palettes getting popular. Color blocking is one way to introduce multiple colors from the same tonal palette or contrasting palette. Panelling with wooden battens to bring the outdoors in is also gaining more popularity.
Decorating your desk does not end with your desk. This also extends to the nearby walls. Having wire organisers, peg boards and other wall storage options keeps clutter off your desk.
Organising the desk
Having the right accessory and storage options, and assigning space for things can free up your valuable working area. This also forces you to choose what is essential for you and what you cannot live with. Getting a desk tray can tidy up the papers and knick knacks. A pen pot or desk tidy can hold all the writing essentials and necessary stationery
Inspirational quotes and vision board
There is no better place for displaying inspiration quotes than the study. Find the ones that speak to you and hang it on your wall. It does not have to be store bought art print ones. You can easily put your favorite quotes in a decent readable font into Canva, or even a plain document, add a nice background(leave it plain), and print in a4. Using blue tac adhesives you can stick the paper directly or have it on a poster frame on the wall. It is also the apt palace to hang your vision board, if you like to make one so you always have your eye on the goal.
Adding greenery to any place works like magic in changing the mood and feel of the place. If you are not a person with green thumbs, succulents are a great place to start and they are perfect for home office. They are so tiny that you can easily find space for one or two plants on your desk. Any plant would easily breathe instant life into space.
Nobody likes a home office that looks like a real office- boring and sterile. Put your stamp on it by adding your signature - personal photos, your memories and souvenirs. The key is to do it tastefully and in moderation. Add coziness with layering different textures on your chair. Throw in a plush throw(don't forget- you are there for serious business- to work), a lumbar pillow and your dream workspace is ready!