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Sitting in your home office for long periods at a time can be a little draining, especially if your desk is lacking personal touches. They say that a change is as good as a rest and that definitely applies to the working environment. An attractive and comfortable home office will not only make you happier, but it can also boost your enthusiasm and productivity.

Attractive, modern and ergonomically designed offices can be great sources of inspiration. Making your office space as inviting as the rest of your home will enhance your productivity. It can also make the day go by faster!

Here are a couple of simple ways you can revamp your home office space:

1. Add a Splash of Colour
Refresh your home office with a lick of paint and statement wallpaper. One of the cheapest and simplest ways to modernise your office is by adding a bit of colour.  Painting the office with natural, bright and soothing colours can give you a great lift. 
2. Bring the Outdoors in
You can modernise your home office space by adding plants. Bringing greenery into the room can have both physical and psychological benefits. Having plants in your office increases productivity and creativity. It also reduces sickness and improves your working environment. It is important to choose the right plants to suit the office environment. With this in mind, the best plants to keep in your office are:
  • Spider plants 
  • Cactus 
  • Ivy 
  • Peace Lilly 
  • Rubber Plant 
3. Brighten Up

It is important to ensure that you have the right lighting levels in your home office. If the lighting is either too bright or too dim, you could end up fatigued. This can also result in eye strain and headaches. If you're working late, you may find a desk lamp helps to keep the light levels right after the sun goes down.

4. Stay Organised

Organising your workplace is vital. A clean and well-kept home office can have a significant impact on productivity. A chaotic work space can hinder efficiency, which is why it's important to have a proper filing system in place. You can find desktop organisers and storage units in fun colours and modern designs. We also offer desks with built-in storage. May people believe organisation to be the key to success. It encourages productivity, reduces work-related stress and saves time.

5. Create a Positive Space

You want your workspace to be motivational and encourage productivity. Having a cork board in your office with pinned photos, inspirational quotes and goals is a great way to keep you focused. It can also help to add a little personality to your space.

Create a Modern Workspace with Kit Out My Office 

Come to Kit Out My Office and you'll find everything you need to give your office a modern revamp. You'll find thousands of home office desks available in different sizes, shapes and styles. We also offer a huge range of matching office storage options. With a choice of up to 15 colour options, you can be sure to find something for your home or business. We also have a great range of office chairs to choose from so you can be sure to sit in comfort all day long.

We make all our office desks in our UK factory, ensuring the highest standards of manufacture. We hold FSC and ISO certificates - why is why we also offer a 10-year guarantee on most of our products. 
 
If you need any advice or further information on any of our products or services, please get in touch. You can either call a friendly member of our customer service team on 0800 8044 760, or email we-care@kitoutmyoffice.com.
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Do you want to be a writer? It is sometimes said that everyone has a book in them, but how can you best prepare yourself to get your novel into the world?

Writing Furniture

The most important aspects of your writing space are undoubtedly your desk and your chair. Luckily, we've already discussed Choosing a Writing Desk in a previous blog post. If you've not already read this, feel free to give it a read. When choosing a writing chair, comfort must be your number one priority. A highly adjustable chair is ideal so that you can tailor your chair to your personal needs. If you are interested in finding out the best way to set up an office chair, this recent blog post will point you in the right direction.

Writing device

The choice of writing device is typically down to personal preference. Do you want a nice portable laptop that you can open at any moment that inspiration strikes? Or do you prefer the personal connection between yourself and the written word that only a pen and paper can provide? Some people prefer an option that doesn't offer an undo or delete option, such as a typewriter, or pen and paper. This forces the writer to carry on regardless of any minor mistakes, which can be fixed in a re-write once the first draft is complete. The temptation to write and re-write the same passage endlessly can be a significant block in completing a project. Others prefer a computer. There are multiple word processing programs available, from fully featured ones to minimalist ones that attempt to reduce the number of distractions present during the writing process.

Writing Environment

Once you've set up your desk, chair and writing device, the next thing to look at is your working environment.

Tidy desk?

Some people suggest that a tidy desk leads to a tidy mind, but you may find that a more haphazard workspace helps to get your creative juices flowing. This may, however, depend on what you are planning to write. If you're writing historical fiction or epic fantasy, for example, you may find that your workspace is necessarily covered with maps, articles, and other research. Contemporary fiction, on the other hand, may require less background information, leading to a cleaner desktop. Either way, we recommend that you try to limit your mess to items related to your current project. That way, you are less likely to get confused or spend too long hunting through irrelevant documents when looking for something specific. 

Staying online

If you are someone who is easily distracted, you may find that it is sensible to limit connections to the outside world while writing. This could mean turning off your phone or leaving it outside of the room entirely. It could also mean choosing to write on a computer that isn't connected to the internet. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin famously uses an old DOS-based laptop that allows him to focus completely on his writing, rather than providing outside distractions.

Inspiration

While keeping your thoughts organised while writing can be important, it can also be useful to keep some inspirational items around to keep you in the mood. A piece of art that reflects the mood and tone of your novel may help keep you stylistically focused while writing. Alternatively, you may wish to put together a playlist of music that helps you to keep a consistent mindset during the writing process.

Lighting

It is important to stay focused and relaxed while writing. Inadequate lighting can cause eye strain and fatigue. As a result, it is important to ensure that the lighting in your writing room is correct. Natural light is typically best, so a room with large windows is generally good. If you write a lot during darker hours, however, you may find that a daylight bulb helps with your focus. These bulbs produce a more blue / white hued light than standard bulbs, which is closer to the colour temperature of sunlight.

Accessories

While some people benefit from a minimalist approach to their writing space, there are a couple of accessories that can be useful to keep you focused while writing.

Notebooks

Having a notebook handy can be useful if you have a mind that tends to wander. If you have an important thought that isn't related to your writing, simply jot it down in your notebook and save it for later. This helps to keep your mind clear of distraction. A notebook can also be useful for carrying outside of your writing room so that you can jot down any ideas that come to mind for future reference.

Audio recorder

As with a notebook, an audio recorder can be a useful item for collecting ideas while out and about. If you're out walking the dog, or on a leisurely drive, you may come up with a great idea relating to your novel. In order to remember the idea, simply record a short voice memo that you can refer back to once you get back to writing.

 

If you have any other top tips for creating a writing room, we'd love to hear them. Until then, happy writing!

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