RMM - Nov-20 - Jennifer Reiner

Upgrade your dining room chair. We aren’t judging you for sitting on a stool you pulled over from the kitchen bar or an ottomon from the living room while you type emails and finish projects. We’re simply telling you that it’s time for an upgrade. Your back and the rest of your body will thank you for proper office equipment. Go ahead and check out Amazon, Office Depot or another retailer of your choice for a comfortable, ergonomic chair that won’t lead to aches, pains and slouching. Equally important is a desk that is the right height for your hands and wrists. If you happen to be sharing a workspace with a young family member for school, try an adjustable height desk. Consider your accessories. Accessories are important for a home office. Think back to your childhood and how exciting it was to shop for supplies when it was time to go back to school — finding the right items makes your home office more functional and fun. Instead of just grabbing any old random pen and sheet of scratch paper from the playroom, treat yourself (and the kids, if it’s a school space) to a few new items. Here are our favorite suggestions:

Experts suggest not cramming a home office into the smallest and least-used space if that space is not ideal. Don’t be afraid to rearrange furniture or even entire rooms to get a great home office. While it might be a pain to sell the guest room twin bed on Facebook and get a futon, the long-term benefit of working peacefully (and the kids getting good grades!) is greater than the short-term hassle. Bring in light and something pretty to look at. In a perfect world, everyone would have a bright, sunny window in front of their desks and a grove of green trees — perhaps with a stream? — to gaze at whenever inspiration for work runs dry. However, there are other ways to brighten up and beautify your home office. If there’s no window to be had, you can make the area brighter by bringing in plenty of lighting — the key is to keep the space from being too dim, which can cause headaches and eye strain. Also, if you don’t have a window view, the next best thing is a wall painted with a color that makes you happy and some well-placed artwork. Don’t put up family photos and things that will distract you. Stick to landscapes, abstracts and pieces you can “get lost in” while you think.

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