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Home Office Happiness (10 Tips)

Many people are lucky enough to work from home these days and although there are many benefits to being home, it can leave you feeling uninspired. The good news is you don’t need to have an office in the traditional sense to rock the space!

Here are 10 tips to creating the ultimate home office: one that makes you crazy productive, and happy too.

1 Find the Best Location You may have to think about using what space you do have creatively. Check out unused corners in larger rooms, large (but empty) closets, even under the stairs! There are plenty of spaces that can convert to an office with a little bit of creativity.

2 Don't Sacrifice Form for Function Your desk, shelves and storage should serve you, not the other way around. Consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional.

3 Invest in a Great Chair You spend hours parked in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime.

4 Pick Colors You Love Surround yourself with colors that inspire and motivate you. Pick a favorite hue from a rug, throw pillow, or piece of art, match that shade to a paint color or wallpaper, and put it up on your walls.

5 Give Yourself a View Position the desk where you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall. Turn your desk towards a window or place your favorite artwork above your sightline.

6 Splurge on Accessories Choose extras that enhance the comfy feeling of your home office, like a pretty mug for a pencil holder, trendy notepads and sticky notes, and a decorative waste basket.

7 Get Creative with Storage Even the smallest home office can be fully stocked with great organization solutions. The trick is to think "up". Maximize your vertical square footage by hanging art you love, adding floating shelves or installing cabinets up the wall.

8 Tame Your Technology Nothing makes a home office look or feel more cluttered than wires hanging from your desk and running everywhere. Attach any visible wires to the underside of your desk or down along a desk leg.

9 Let There Be Light Make sure your office has plenty of light to cut down on eye strain and headaches. Position the computer monitor so there's no glare from a window or overhead light and put a small lamp on the desk for task lighting.

10 Create Some Comfy Space A great home office has a nice comfy chair for curling up–potentially with an ottoman for your feet–plus a table for your coffee and a great lamp.

Don't know where to start? Download our free Home Office Essentials list and get shopping!

What's your favorite go-to item for a home office? Share in the comments below and we will add it to our list!

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