5 tips to create a home workspace

Many of us are working from home during this lockdown. Here are five tips to create a home workspace that’ll make you happier and more productive.

1. Consider Your Work Needs.
Depending on the type of work you will be doing, consider the material and storage space you will need to work more efficiently. Make sure your workspace is conveniently located near a power outlet, or look for a multi-plug extension cord so you can plug in everything you’ll need—computer, phone, printer—at the same time.

2. Allocate a dedicated working area.
Find a space that you enjoy spending time in. It’s easy to get distracted by household chores or the television. Working in a dedicated area, helps eliminate these distractions. Having a work-free space is also crucial for inspiration. If you have kids at home depending upon their ages and the level of supervision they need, you may have to coordinate your workspace so it’s near where they’ll be doing “distance learning.”

3. Work With What You Have.
You don’t need a spare room to have a home office. By simply having a desk and chair in an allocated area can work great. Select furniture that makes you feel comfortable. If space is an issue, opt for making use of the dining/living area. Good lighting is crucial to keeping you focused both visually and mentally.

4. Choose a Filing Method.
Even if you work mainly with your laptop, avoid piling paperwork in your work area. Use the available shelves or drawer space from your desks or opt for boxes or baskets that you can file your work in.

 

5. Keep it Organized.
Limit your work area from having too many knick-knacks and framed pictures. While sticky notes can be a helpful tool, extra books, piles of paper, or empty cups of coffee will strongly weaken from your productivity, not to mention your concentration. A clear desk policy is both a productivity boost and a great way to minimise the distractions of working in your own home.
Reserve your workspace for everyday supplies, like your necessary stationery or planner.

 

DIY Utensil Holder

Here is an easy DIY project for the kitchen!

Making a mason jar utensil holder is super easy and it also makes an attractive DIY kitchen decor.

1. Prepping your Jar
Make sure the insides of your mason jars are clean and dry. Cover the mason jar with 2-3 coats of paint. Chalk paint gives it a more rustic look or you can use acrylic paint or spray paint.

2.  Adding the Weathered look
Once the paint dries completely, rub it with sandpaper to give it a weathered look. Rub gently until you get the effect you want. You can do it just enough to rub off part of the letters.

3. Finishing Touches
Next, find a ribbon you like or any other décor you prefer and glue it to the jar.

Now you have a handy utensil holder and new kitchen decor all rolled into one.

What have you made with mason jars? Do you use them as storage, decor or both?

Create an Ombre Crayon Letter

We have a cool DIY project that you can use to decorate your child’s room or door; the baby’s nursery; or even as a gift.

Here’s all you need to know about How to Create an Ombre Crayon Letter.

Materials Needed:

  • Wood letter cut-out, the size and font of your choice.
  • Crayons
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Razor knife
  • Cutting board or scrap piece of wood
  • Additional decorations if desired

 

Step 1: Gather Your Materials
This is a fairly simple and clean project. Work on a newspaper to prevent crayon shavings from messing your workspace.

Step 2: Placement
Decide on the direction you would like the crayons to face. You can have the label of the crayon displayed or not.

Step 3: Ombre
Choose the ombre colours you would like to use or even create this without an ombre look.

If you are going for an ombre look just like this picture, start with yellow crayons, transitioning to green and then finishing with blue.

 

Step 4: Cut to Fit
Using the razor knife, cut the crayons to match the shape of your letter. Hold the crayon over the letter, mark it with the knife and then transfer it to the cutting board to cut. Use slow, steady pressure to allow for a neat cut. Let the knife do the work.

Step 5: Close Up
Start applying the hot glue to the back of a crayon and stick onto the letter. You may be required to use the full length of the crayon if the size of the letter is quite big. Work your way up the letter cutting and then glueing each crayon in place. Remember when you’re facing your crayons to make sure to glue the end of the crayons to on the side.

Step 6: Apply Ribbon
Carefully turn the letter over and use the hot glue to apply a piece of ribbon to the top right and left corners.

Step 7: Bow
Tie the ribbon into a bow.

Hang and enjoy!

 

 

If you’re not so keen on using a cut-out letter, try using a frame instead and draw the letter you would like on the frame placeholder, and then stick the crayons onto it- like below.

Let us know if you have tried this cool idea!

Credit: Molly Mahoney