The rise of remote work has transformed our homes into multifunctional spaces. We are no longer just living, sleeping, and eating within these walls – we are also building careers, brainstorming ideas, and connecting with colleagues, all from our kitchen counters or makeshift desks. This shift naturally requires adjustments to our living environments to foster productivity and serenity in our daily routines.
But how do we adapt our homes, which may have been designed for leisure and relaxation, into efficient and inspiring workspaces? Here are some design and space tips to help you transform your home into a haven for remote work success:
By: Agnes A. Gaddis on Oct 26
Can you believe that it
is possible to live in California today, make an offer on your dream home in
Springfield, Missouri tomorrow, and close within a month? The prevalence of
remote work and state-of-the-art real estate technology has made it easier than
ever to search for homes without concern for geographical limits.
Millions of Americans
now work remotely, far from corporate HQ, and sometimes from the flurry and
fuss of city life. In fact, during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, one in five
Americans moved or know someone who moved, especially from big cities. One of
the primary reasons for this exodus was affordable housing. People relocated to
suburbs and vacation hotspots in search of larger, less expensive homes as more
companies became remote-work-friendly.
Buying a home in one
state while living in another, whether it be for more affordable living, work
reasons, or as a second home, might not be as straightforward as buying in your
current state. It can be challenging to purchase in a place you are not
familiar with- housing laws, walkability of the community, home maintenance
concerns, etc. can be vastly different from one state to another. This article
is a step-by-step guide to follow if you are considering buying out of state.
“Working From Home” is a hot topic these days, and being good at it is far easier said than done. I would know, because for the majority of my 10 years in the real estate industry I’ve worked from home.
Fortunately, I’ve picked up some great tips from friends and have adjusted my habits to find what works best for me.
At a high level, it’s all about mindset — like starting a new job and learning to integrate into your new environment. Anyone can work from home, but if you don’t follow best practices, you can easily fall prey to distraction.
If you do it right, however, you might just find you increase your productivity with great success.
Below are some of the best practices and tips I’ve implemented. Please feel free to share with your peers.
1. Set Your Mindset
Take control of your environment. Focus on your goals as a habit, and learn to keep yourself in check. I try to leave my house early every morning and prepare my mind for the workday ahead in either my house or my mobile office. While it’s easy to get distracted by the dishes or laundry, remember: You don’t do house chores while at the office; don’t do them when working from home.
Spring motivates a lot of us to do some much needed deep cleaning. It’s a good idea to take a few days to really cleanse your space and revamp your style. Cleaning and decluttering is a great way to start off the new season and fill your time. Not only does it clear your house, it also clears your mind!
Clean Baseboards, Cabinets, Doors, Windowsills, and Walls
Sound like fun yet? These are not typically chores we do on a regular basis, but a lot of crud builds up here, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.
Baseboards and window sills accumulate dust, dirt, hair and can become discolored. You’ll be amazed how much cleaner and brighter your space looks with freshly scrubbed baseboards and window sills.
Don’t forget to do the ones in the kitchen, too. Sticky food residue easily accumulates here and can attract bugs when the warmer weather sets in. Wipe down your walls and doors to get off the dirt and grime, especially the parts closer to the floor where the foot traffic is coming and going.