The return to work need not drag you down. Start the year fresh and with renewed energy by giving your workspace a little love.
Take a long look at your workspace – whether it’s at home, in a workshop or creative space, corporate office or even your car! Here are seven easy ideas to keep it from becoming boring and forgotten - making it fresh and fabulous!
7 ideas to recharge your workspace
1. Give your workstation a wipe down
Use Isowipes, antibacterial wipes or a cloth sprayed with Isocol solution for a fresh start. Thoroughly clean your:
- headphones or earbuds
- desk chair
2. Treat your desk plant to a good soak
In a tub of water for 24 hours for a hydration boost.
3. Clear away and recycle all unwanted clutter
Think, paperwork, mail and brochures, packaging, old reference material, dead plants and daggy coffee cups.
4. Clear under your desk
Banish anything dumped there during the year.
5. Go through your stationery
Sharpen and wipe clean your favourites. Discard any pens and highlighters that don’t work PLUS any stationery you haven't used for over a year.
6. Give your water bottle, glass and mug a thorough clean
Fill your mug with boiling water and add a teaspoon of bleach. Let it sit for an hour or two to remove tea or coffee stains. Soak your water bottle in soapy water and boil up small parts in a saucepan for five minutes to disinfect.
7. Freshen up your supplies
Upcycle, or go shopping to give your workspace some new mojo.
7 items to recharge your workspace
1. Stretch it out
Don't get stuck at your desk all day with bad posture and sedentary muscles. "Incorporating stretching into your day adds a little activity to your workday and helps to alleviate neck, back, and hip pain associated with sitting for prolonged periods of time," says Kirsty Walsh of Yin Yoga.
Boujad Yoga Mat, $119, Yin Yoga.
2. Get organised
Invest in organisational tools to create the workspace you dream of. A dock for all of your electronics keeps them tidy and in good order. A place for everything and everything in its place.
Docking station for phone watch and headphone, $49.99, WoodYouBuy on Etsy
3. Breathe life into the room
We know plants are good for our health - they purify the air and feed our soul as we watch them grow and change - connecting us with the outside world. Caring for a living thing on your desk can generate a strong sense of satisfaction each day.
Liquorice All Sorts ceramic vessel in Galah, $75, Trade the Mark
4. Shut the world out
Listen to a podcast, whistle whilst you work along with your favourite motivational playlist or, sometimes you just need to block it all out and focus.
Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones in Silver, $299, Officeworks
5. File and smile
Splurge on a fabulous organiser for all of your home office needs. Choose a statement piece that will blend beautifully with your other furnishings.
'Penelope' 5-drawer dresser in white and Oyster, $1499, west elm
6. BONUS* notemaker pen from our March issue of Home Beautiful magazine
A chic way to check off your to-do list, there are two styles to collect. On sale now.
*Only in selected outlets for $1 more. One pen per issue while stocks last.
7. Stimulate the senses
Designed to evoke memories of beautiful Australasian landscapes, set an inspiring scene in your workspace and imagine yourself in a far-off place.
Caramelised Walnut & Amber Fragranced Diffuser, $49.95, Ecoya