Nancy’s guest this week is Sharon Sherman CKD, ASID, CID, an award winning designer residing in Bergen Country, New Jersey.  The pandemic has resulted in many lifestyle changes, one of them being the necessity for a home office.  Many of us will most likely continue working from home and having a space to work efficiently is a must.

Sharon and Nancy talk about some basic considerations for a home office that will help you achieve a work space you will enjoy using: 

Home Office Location: Where do you want to work?  It’s very important to consider how you will be using the space to determine the location in the home.

Form Follows Function: A desk sized for the task and a comfortable chair are the first items you will need. If you don’t have a work surface, things tend to pile up.

Storage: Try to have an additional place to keep some of your things other than the desk. Even in a paperless office, there are still documents you will need to keep safe.

Technology: Staying Connected with a wireless hub and a fast connection that will allow you to work on your laptop or tablet from the desk or that comfy chair.

Lighting:  Make sure you have adequate lighting to prevent eye strain and illuminate the tasks at hand. If you are having virtual meetings, make sure there is good lighting in front of you as well as on the sides. The people you are meeting with need to see your face.

Climate Control:   It is hard to work when you are too hot or too cold. Make sure you are comfortable so you will want to spend time in the space and be productive.

Some final thoughts:

  • Keep your space organized no matter the size. A desktop file is perfect for active projects.
  • Decorate it so you will want to spend time there. Use colors you like to be around.
  • Keep the office in the office area. Try to not let office items wander.
  • Add some plants for natural decoration and stress reduction.
  • Create a chalk board or wipe board with paint. Keep those great ideas and goals where you can see them.

Designer: Sharon Sherman

This podcast sponsored by Premier Lighting
September 23, 2020

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