Three Useful Tips
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting pretty much all of us at this point. During this period of self-isolation, we’re going to be spending a lot more time than usual at home. So it’s imperative that we make it the most calming, relaxing, and productive environment as humanely possible, benefitting our physical and mental wellbeing. The key is creating and maintaining a sleek and simple home space.
To stop yourself going full Jack Torrance from The Shining, here are three useful tips for maintaining a sleek and simple home space.
Separate work and play
With offices closed and government advice telling us to stay inside our homes for the foreseeable future (until the circles of transmission of the COVID-19 virus begin to break and the number of people showing symptoms and being diagnosed with the virus begins to calm down), a large number of us are having to make do with working from home, accessing our work remotely and using apps such as Skype, Zoom and Microsoft Teams to attend work meetings, etc.
Many freelancers that work from home will be used to these different conditions, but for the average 9 to 5 office worker, it takes a little bit of getting used to. Dodging distractions can be a challenge, particularly if you have a family with children that are running around the home. When comfortable, it can even be difficult to keep track of time, stop yourself from working outside of the required hours, and even take regular breaks. If possible, try and make your workspace away from the lounge area and other distractions, as that way it will be easier for you to separate work and play in your head.
Clear your home
While you’ve got some more time on your hands, it might be a good idea to consider doing a little bit of a purge on your home and clearing out some of the old stuff that you no longer need to keep things clean and tidy. The minimalist interior design style is one that’s growing in popularity in apartments and city properties around the world. So if you’re working with a reduced amount of space, it might be worth looking into.
If you want some inspiration on how to remodel and furnish your home with a minimalist style, take a look at some of the developments in progress from property investment company RWinvest. Their luxury apartment blocks prioritize floorspace and productivity, appealing to the young professional urban tenant that wants to be able to work comfortably from home while still being able to move around freely.
Introduce some greenery
When building the perfect desk space at home, it might be a good idea to introduce some plant life and greenery. Studies have shown that greenery can be good for your mental wellbeing, and certain plants can even help to produce oxygen and purify toxins in the air, aiding with concentration. If nothing else, they can serve as a reminder of that thing called ‘the outside’ that we used to be able to go. Some recommended examples include Devil’s Ivy, Chinese evergreens, and Weeping figs, just to name a few.
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