While a topic like moving to your forever home can seem somewhat final, we have to remember that our homes can still evolve as we do. Sometimes, we need to think about making our home a little bit more practical.
Houses can easily become full of toys, kids and noise, so it can be extra important to carve out a little bit of space that gives us the opportunity to take care of our own life admin.
As much as it can be boring, life admin is essential.
We need to make sure our bills are paid on time, or the kids dentist appointments are made, which all takes time.
On top of caring for kids and working, finding 5 minutes peace to handle this can feel impossible.
All the more important therefore for us to create a space suitable for life admin. Not all houses will have a room that can be solely allocated to admin though, but there are practical changes we can make to our houses to accommodate productivity.
Controlling the light
Your focus can be easily disrupted if the lighting isn’t right.
Natural light can be lovely when at times of the day. If however, you’re trying to read something that requires all your concentration, it can be hard to focus when the sun is streaming in.
Fitting some windows blinds can help create the right environment to read important documents. A dimmer switch can also help to create the right level of light.
Make a comfy space
Having a comfortable place that you (and the kids) can work is key to motivation.
It could be a room that kids can go do homework in, away from distractions, but it’s all about finding that right level of comfort. If it is too relaxing, not a lot of work will get done.
Think about making it an enticing space by taking inspiration from sites like Pinterest and think designing somewhere that’s great for working or curling up with a book.
Don’t forget though, that this is also your room to escape the manic levels of noise throughout the house. A shared study may well become your comfort zone too and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a cold sterile environment.
Stimulate the senses
To think better, you need to minimise distractions and think about what will help you to focus.
It’s not just about how you decorate the space, or the colours you paint it though – it’s about including features that can naturally help you to focus. For instance, a plant will not only pull a room together but also help to oxygenate the space. This means that you will naturally breathe better, feel a little calmer, and therefore, improve your focus.
Wall colour and decoration can however have a big impact on our concentration.
It’s tempting to fill a room – especially if it doesn’t fit anywhere else, but you need to remember that the room is to help you focus. Keep it minimal. Minimal rooms are calmer and more conducive to work.