For a lot of us, the hardest part of the day is leaving the comfort of our home to go to our office for the next eight-ish hours. And while our office should never (ever, ever, ever) take the place of our home, there are a lot of things we can do to make our office feel a little more home-like.
Fill your office with your favorite smell. Whether you achieve this by warming a candle, turning on a wax warmer, or diffusing essential oils, filling your office with your favorite aroma will not only influence brain activity but will also make you feel a little more at home.
Boring, blank walls just make a space feel so, well, empty. Add some interest and color to your space by adding some art or even pictures of loved ones to your office wall. If you’re feeling extra creative, we say choose a wall you look at often to turn into a gallery wall where you incorporate all kinds of photos, text, framed trinkets, awesome kid art, you name it.
We don’t know about you, but nothing says home quite like a hot mug of coffee or tea. If you’re able to have a little Keurig station in your office, we highly encourage it. Not only will the smell alone put you at ease and make you feel at home, but enjoying a fresh cup of joe while you’re working will give you that little extra push you need to make it through the day.
We’re big fans of cleanliness and a little air purifier may be just what your office is missing. Nab one that can easily go from home to the office and back home again at the end of the day. Rid your office of any dust, pollen, and odor particles that may be lurking making the air around you feel less than desirable.
Adding live greenery is not only another great way to keep the air pure and clean, but it also adds warmth and life to a space. If you don’t exactly have a green thumb, don’t freak out, fake plants are just as warm and inviting as real ones.
Adjusting the lighting even just a little bit can take your space from feeling cold and sterile to warm and cozy. Add a floor and/or desk lamp and if possible swap out your overhead lighting for a warmer lightbulb versus the fluorescent ones that are often in offices, and consider looking for ways to professionally work in a strand of fairy lights or Christmas lights if you’re able to.
Offices are notoriously cold, so we recommend keeping a super cozy blanket tucked away somewhere in your office for those days it’s feeling extra drafty. There’s no shame in pulling out a thick, plush blanket and tossing it over your legs during the day, and hey, a pretty blanket rolled up and on display in a basket somewhere sounds like nothing but cozy vibes to us.