How can you create a better work environment at home?

If you’re one of the many people working from home, we have some helpful tips that can make a positive difference in your overall experience. Get ready for some creative solutions to maximize your work area beyond a desk or dining room table, so you can enjoy a better space to focus and feel inspired.

It’s easier than you think. Greenery, natural lighting and organization are just some of the ways you can reimagine a home office environment that elevates your productivity, and your mood.

Make it a window seat, if possible.

Gazing out the window, or for that matter, just being near a window where natural light streams through is good for you. Multiple studies have reinforced the connection between natural daylight and personal wellbeing. It can help you feel more alert and refreshed, which lends to an improved sense of wellness. And when we’re feeling energized, that usually makes us more productive.

So, when you’re working remotely, make it a priority [if you can], to arrange your work space near a window and let the sun shine in.

Add a dash of greenery.

Having a plant on your desk or bookshelf has lots of benefits. Did you know that having greenery in a work space can improve memory, make you feel happier and even reduce stress levels? Yep, it’s true. House plants are an inexpensive way to decorate your home office space and they don’t require a lot of maintenance, so even if you don’t have a green thumb, give it a try.

Aloe plants and pathos ivy are popular choices for desks, but if you’re feeling ambitious, go big and go green with a rubber plant — they can grow up to eight feet tall. Plus, a ceramic pot can add a splash of color to your work space.

More organization, less clutter.

The home organization craze has been sweeping the country, and it seems that everywhere we turn, there’s a big push to tidy up. It’s especially useful if you’re suddenly working remotely and need to maximize the space you have. Minimizing stacks of paperwork and supplies by arranging them in wired trays or woven baskets can help streamline your desk, so there’s less clutter and everything is still within reach.

Make it personal.

You spend a lot of time at the computer, on conference calls and brainstorming the next great idea. Your home office environment should inspire, so let’s bring some happiness and tranquility to this space.

Love the beach? Display your collection of seashells on a shelf or buy a diffuser with an ocean scent. Vacation souvenirs, mementos of your favorite team and of course, family photos are just some of the ways to make a space your own. Celebrating the holiday season? Mini pumpkins, a strand of twinkle lights or a festive play list can go a long way to brighten up your space, and attitude.

Movement is a boost for mind, body and soul.

We are all too aware that sitting for long stretches of time is just not good for you. There are, however, ways to keep moving throughout the day to help minimize the impact of spending hours at a computer. For instance, if it’s possible, a stationary bike, treadmill or stand-up desk can motivate you to get moving. If these aren’t realistic options, there are lots of other possibilities.

Go outside. The fresh air and change of scenery can help clear your head, plus a brisk stroll is always a healthy choice. Exercise resistance bands and low-impact weights are good for stretching and they don’t take up a lot of room. And another thing. If you spend a lot of time on the phone with colleagues, take that next conference call [if you’re not the main attraction!] for a walk around the block.

The right office chair makes a difference.

Last but not least, a comfortable desk chair sets the foundation for healthy work habits. Literally. The benefits of being ergonomically correct cannot be understated. Your wrists, shoulders and back all depend on it, and slouching or sitting the wrong way for extended periods can trigger fatigue and discomfort. Simply put, it’s a smart idea to invest in a good chair for the right support.

Basic solutions can yield big results. Have fun exploring the different ways to refresh the living space in your new KB home or learn more about the new KB Home Office. You decide what’s best to optimize your work-from-home experience and we’re always here to help.