Working From Home
Rewind six months and most of us would have never imagined we would still be working from home as the colder autumn weather arrives and the clocks go back. But with this new norm not feeling quite so new anymore, the best we can do is to make sure we are looking after ourselves, keeping our workspaces warm and trying not to break the bank with our heating bills as we do it!
With that in mind, we chatted to content creator Laura from the much loved @the_indigo_house, and avid renovator Jess from @hornsby_home to see how they are finding their move to the home office and how they always keep themselves positive, productive and the perfect temperature.
Let There Be Light
It’s important to choose a work space in your home that you are going to enjoy spending the most time in. Think about what you miss about being in the office and try to replicate that at home.
“My home workspace is at the far end of my kitchen/dining room so I’m never far away from the kettle or the fridge, a bonus in my opinion! It’s a fairly warm room as it’s probably the most occupied room in the house and my desk is placed just next to the radiator which kicks out a lot of heat so when that’s on it’s nice and toasty! I also have a large window to the side of the desk so it feels nice and light and bright!” – Laura
Letting as much natural light into your workspace is a must! Light and bright workspaces don’t only help us be more productive, but they can also help to minimise the risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But if you don’t have the option to sit close to a window in your home office, try to get outside as much as you can when the weather is dry. A brisk lunchtime walk will do the world of good.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
“We are lucky that we have a dedicated office downstairs. We have a Windsor double column radiator in the office which keeps it nice and toasty when the heating is on and it’s right next to the desk! I love to be warm, especially when it’s cold and wet outside. When I was at work the air con was always on and I always moaned it was too cold, so I couldn’t be happier having my radiator next to my desk!
Whilst I love to be toasty and warm, I’m also acutely aware of the environmental impact of having our heating on all day, so we do our best to heat the house up early (if it’s cold enough to warrant the heating) and then maintain that temperature as best we can. We have a smart thermostat which allows us to be a bit savvier about how and when we heat the house. I know it’s an obvious one, but having cosy jumpers and slipper socks (which I usually have on for work video calls) means you can resist pressing that heating boost button!” – Jess
Make It Your Own
An uninspiring workspace is not going to induce great work. Laura recommends surrounding yourself with the little things you love to keep your mood and motivation up.
“Other tips I would recommend for a comfortable workspace is a good chair, no one wants to come away with a sore back and neck! Make your workspace a place you want to be, decorate it, put some prints up, add a plant or some flowers to the space, light a candle, an inspiring space is definitely a more productive one!” – Laura
We hope these words of wisdom have given you a few ideas of how you can make working from home a little more comfortable! For more advice on how to keep your heating costs down, head over to our working from home heating habits guide.
Have you got any good tips for keeping your home office warm or making your routine more enjoyable? Leave us a comment below!
Jess has a passion for interior design and wants to inspire people to look at radiators as home decor. She enjoys keeping on top of the latest design and heating trends to ensure the Advice Centre has all the information and inspiration homeowners need to make the best choice for them.