When we decided to sell the townhouse last year, one of the things that excited me the most about getting a single family house was having a space dedicated to a home office. I used to work on the dining table, the kitchen counters, the living room sofas, … and let’s be honest, I still sometimes get work done in those places! But now, I have a room dedicated to be a home office and it has been wonderful for my productivity and being able to get more done in less time! There are no distractions and everything is right at my fingertips there. From proper lighting to little organizers, here are my must-have items for a home office (and here’s a sneak peek at my desk!)
6 Essential Elements of an Efficient Home Office
1. Back-up Storage
I recently had a back-up hard drive fail, and I had to pay BIG MONEY to get the data recovered. It was a stressful experience and so now I back up my back-ups… and I urge you to do the same. Get a great backup hard drive (or two) and back everything up to the cloud as well.
2. Ergonomic Office Chair
This is an area where you don’t want to skimp. Get a high-quality office chair that’s great for your back and stylish for your office!
3. Pretty Folders
Okay, the fact that the folders are pretty is not necessarily a requirement of an efficient office, but they sure do make it more fun to work in there. Make sure you have plenty of folders to organize your papers and keep your desk neat & tidy!
4. Clear Organizers for Small Office Gear
All those paper clips and erasers need a dedicated place to stay! I love these clear acrylic organizers since they work with every color palette and neatly keep all those small office supplies in order.
5. All-in-one printer/scanner/copier
Luckily, the days of having a separate printer, scanner, fax machine and copier are long gone. Nowadays, a unit that takes care of all of these functions is smart and saves so much space.
6. Stylish lighting
Needless to say, a great lamp is a must-have for a home office. Not only is it essential to illuminate a work area, but it’s also useful in decorating a space & adding some style! I’m loving this lamp- the Modern Style Satin Nickel Iron Desk Lamp with Iron Shade, which I got from Parrot Uncle. This lamp is so practical- I love how each of the lamp’s hinges allow it to bend so you can easily get light right where you want it! Plus, it’s just a really attractive lamp! I’ve written about Parrot Uncle recently here in this post, where I talked about the importance of proper lighting.
In case you missed the last post about them, Parrot Uncle is an online retailer of fabulous lighting options: everything from ceiling fans to lamps to outdoor lighting. They offer such a wide variety of stylish lighting fixtures and I’m absolutely loving my new desk lamp. Just as with my first lamp, the shipping on this one was super quick and my lamp arrived well-protected & in perfect condition. You can order lights via the website. I’ve had so much fun browsing all of the different lighting options they offer. Here are some of my favorite ones:
Globe Shaped Chandeliers are so trendy these days, and Parrot Uncle has a fabulous selection! Check these gorgeous options out!
Or what about these Wooden Island Lights? Pretty spectacular, if you ask me. These would make any kitchen island look so much more glamorous.
Parrot Uncle even sells Lighting Accessories, from light bulbs to car lights. Oh, and their SALE section has some amazing deals- and you know I love a great deal! So if you’re looking for some new lights for your home, be sure to check them out! They have a huge selection of gorgeous lighting options for every style at reasonable prices!
So, this concludes my list of Home Office Essentials. Whether you’re designing your office from scratch or simply sprucing up any already-existing space, I hope these tips help you get your office in order!
Now, tell me… What is the most important item in your home office?!