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If you’ve been working from home (and are likely going to continue to do so), updating your house to meet that need is a wise move. By making the right adjustments, you can carve out a functional workspace while still having room for entertaining and relaxation. Plus, you can keep those parts of your life separate, making it easier to maintain a work-life balance.

If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are some tips from Esher Construction for redecorating your home for work and life, as well as insights into what you should do if your home can’t accommodate your needs.

Create a Functional Workspace

When you’re working from home, having a dedicated, functional workspace is a must. That way, you can handle your professional responsibilities comfortably while keeping them separate from your day-to-day, ensuring your work-related activities don’t interrupt your downtime.

Ideally, you want to set up a separate home office, giving you a private space for your professional activities. If you have an available room, use feng shui principles when you set it up. As The Spruce points out, feng shui doesn’t just assist with energy flow and aesthetics; it also improves function.

And don’t forget about the benefits of allowing as much natural light into the space as possible. Natural light can boost not only your mood but your productivity as well. open the blinds or curtains, and remove any obstacles like bookcases to maximize the amount of incoming light. This also calls for cleaning the windows on a regular basis, so Google “window cleaning near me” and use Angi.com’s customer reviews to help find and hire a pro to get the job done efficiently and affordably.

When you position your desk, choose a spot that allows you to see the room fully, as well as the door, placing you in a command position within the space. However, don’t be directly in line with the door, as that isn’t ideal for energy flow. Of course, keep safety in mind at all times, as home office accidents have been on the rise since the pandemic began.

Additionally, introduce some flourishing plants. If you aren’t sure which ones to add, try one of the following:

If you don’t have a separate room that you can use as an office, try to find a nook for your workstation. Consider turning a closet or pantry into a home office space. That way, you can have a degree of separation to support a better work-life balance. If that isn’t an option, see if you can find an armoire desk. That way, you can close up the cabinet when your workday is over.

Make Entertaining Easier

When you’re entertaining, you usually need extra seating and surfaces for your guests. However, you may not want a lot of chairs or tables sitting out when you don’t have visitors. Luckily, you can find a balance.

Living Spaces notes that nesting tables can be a great option. You can use the largest one as a side table, tucking the smaller ones underneath. Then, when you’re having guests over, bring out the smaller ones and position them throughout the room. Positioning a bar height sofa table behind your couch is also a wise idea. Besides being an extra surface, if your couch isn’t against the wall, you can put stools underneath. Then, when guests are visiting, you can use the stools as extra seating.

Folding or nesting chairs may also be a wise addition, particularly if they slide into a closet or underneath a bed. Butterfly leaf dining tables and drop-leaf side tables can also be convenient options, allowing you to add more surfaces with ease.

What to Do If Your Home Doesn’t Meet Your Needs
If your current house doesn’t meet your needs, finding a new living space might be your best bet. That way, you can find a home that makes maintaining work-life balance easier, ensuring you can thrive for years to come.

Before you start looking for a new house to purchase, spend some time researching the housing market. Get to know the various neighborhoods and the typical price for houses that could meet your needs (for example, a house’s median sales price nationwide is $375,639).

That way, you can focus on the right areas, allowing you to house hunt more efficiently.

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