5 Tips for a Welcoming Workspace

Now that you know my first set of tidying tips, I thought I’d share a few more. These may be considered extra touches, but they can certainly take a space from neat and plain to orderly and impressive. If this sounds like something for the ladies, men, fear not. Adding some extra attention to your office can help others to feel more comfortable around you and your professional space, thus bringing in more business.

Here are five more organization tips for a truly remarkable office:

1. Don’t block the windows.

I know people who would kill for natural light; I’m serious. Being cooped up in the office for hours can make people cranky. Save your mood by allowing the sun’s rays to come in the room. If your view isn’t great, you can always add a nice window treatment to spruce things up. Or, use tip number two…

2. Add plants and fish to bring life into your space.

Plants love window sills and other areas where they can look pretty, hide flaws, and grow. Great office foliage includes ivy, bamboo, certain types of trees, and other plants that don’t require a lot of sun. Adding a little touch of nature will calm you at work, and it can make you feel more relaxed. Why do you think vacation resorts are covered with plants? Aside from life of the leafy kind, fish can be fun low-maintenance pets for the office. A pretty beta or goldfish can make you feel at home. Just don’t forget to feed and water your new pets!

3. Use the “right” colors to decorate.

McDonald’s was onto something when they decided to use red in their decorating. The color is known to induce feelings of hunger in consumers. Decorators know the secret to a cozy living room. They paint the walls a certain cool colored hue. Can you guess which one? If you said blue, you’re right. The calming color is known to make people feel comfortable and chatty. Whatever your purpose, do a little color research, or check out this article, and find out which one speaks to you. Paint the walls or use accent pieces to draw out your desired effects.

4. Put things back when you’re done.

No, your mother didn’t hijack my article. This commonly mentioned tip is a no brainer, right? Believe it or not, many people go back to their bad habits once they forget about this golden rule. Once you’ve spent the time organizing your area, don’t make it a waste by throwing all of your efforts out the newly decorated window. Stick to the rules, and keep things tidy by putting them back when you’re done.

5. Routinely purge outdated or unnecessary items.

I’m sure you already know the benefits of having a paper shredder. Now I’d like your eyes to move to the wastebasket. Sometimes certain items we thought we needed turn out to be a waste of money. If this is the case, don’t be afraid to give them away, sell them, or throw them out. Space is sacred, and a big problem throwing things away will only get you a guest spot on the television show “Hoarders”. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, you have to check it out. I guarantee this rule will no longer be an issue.
There you have it! Five tips to revamping your workspace. Remember, if you spend a lot of time at work, as most professionals do, then it’s important to create an area that reflects how you want others to view you and the work you do. You deserve to shine!

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