Getting home from school one day, I passed by an old terrace house in my neighbourhood which was not very well maintained, but there was shiny Mercedes E-Class parked in the car porch. I still remember this scene quite vividly, even though it was 20 years ago when I was in high school.
I’ve always thought i myself why do people put more effort and pride in their car more than their homes. I’m not sure if this is due to the bias of my passion in houses, or that I do not have any for cars.
Since the on going pandemic, I think mindsets have shifted. Not just to prepare a nicer work area in the house, but the desire to improve the comfort and livability into a space that we spend most of our time in. My sister got herself a brand new sofa, after realizing how uncomfortable her old one was, to sit on it for half a day for work.
She moved in almost 2 years ago.
Apart from working on the dining table (understandably so as it is the largest surface area above ground), here are some examples of work or study areas you can implement in your current home:
1. Separated Space
Requires separation (and self discipline *hint hint*) to minimise distractions
Space to accommodate printer, scanner and/ or other gadgets
Top cabinet space to keep the area organised, especially if it’s not in an open, shared space
2. Serious/ Family Work & Study Room
Demarcation of working area and storage
Power, internet or phone sockets and supplies
Glass enclosure; the best of both worlds but maintenance and cleanliness is always a deciding factor.
3. Quick E-Mail/ Facebook Check
Flexible, strategic location where comfort is not priority (just like a kitchen island)
A pretty little work nook which doubles up as decor console when not in use
More decoration than stationery on table
Since we can’t escape from work, let’s glorify them and make the best of it while they’re here to stay.