At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic most of us thought remote work from home would be a short term, temporary thing. Nearly nine months into the year, and we are discovering that is not the case, as many Ontarians continue to work from home and may be doing so for the foreseeable future.
If you are one of the many who have realized that remote work will remain your new normal for at least a while longer, you need a home office rather than just a corner of the kitchen counter and a laptop.
In planning – or creating – your new space you may have read lots of articles about how to buy a desk, what chair to buy and how to score everything you need for less.
What you may not have considered though is given the fact that you will be spending a lot of your time there is the space you are creating actually good for your well-being?
That is where a little help from the ancient art of Feng Shui can be a great idea (and create a very workable space too) And if you are re-staging a home office that already exists in a Waterloo Region home for sale – these are, for obvious reasons very high on many homebuyers want lists right now – these tips might be even more useful.
According to traditional Feng Shui lore, creating an efficient and balanced home office presents two major challenges that have to be addressed. First of all, the home office and work need to be separated from the ”Living” section of the home and secondly, the ‘chi’ surrounding the space, a kind of energy, needs to flow as freely as possible.
From a Feng Shui point of view, the ideal is for your new home office to boast an entrance that is completely separate from the rest of your house. For those who have a walk out basement that could be redone as office space this is easy, but since many of us don’t have that, you could simply decree that a back door is only to be used to enter the office (it’s a work around that is a bit of a stretch but Feng Shui practitioners says it’s OK.)
Where Things Should Go
In Feng Shui, the placement of certain large items in a commanding position is considered of great importance and that is absolutely true of the desk you use in a home office space if you want to be as successful at what you do in it as possible.
Feng Shui lore states that you should never have your back to the door, it should never be directly in line with a door and it should also never be pushed against a wall. Even leaving a gap of a few inches between a desk and a wall should enough to make sure that the flow of ‘chi’ (energy) in the room is not interrupted.
Light and Ventilate Your Space Well
This is a generally good idea and not just from a Feng Shui standpoint but from a health and sanity one too. If your body and mind are deprived of of good lighting and fresh air to breathe, your home office will become a hugely depressing, rather unhealthy place to be which is not conducive to a good day’s work at all!
Your new home office needs a well planned lighting design, with lots of task and accent lighting present. You might even want to consider buying a SAD lamp to help make up for natural sunlight if your office is in a very dark spot like a basement. For ventilation open a window, or run an air conditioner then keep the fresh air moving with a good fan.
Remain Organized and Clutter Free
Clutter of any kind is the enemy in Feng Shui as it blocks the flow of good chi – but it should be your foe anyway as a messy office can be very hard to work in efficiently.
The best way to keep home office clutter to a minimum is to set aside five or ten minutes at the end of your working day to tidy off your desk space and at least once a month go through all of your drawers and make sure that everything has a place and that anything you do not need is thrown away.