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I believe that happy people work where they live, so I have been trying to carve out a neat workspace in my home. If you work for yourself, have a demanding job or need a space to study while separating your work things from your personal life, these tips might help.

Find inspiration

Start by saving all the images of home offices/workspaces that you like. This will help you define your style and it’s fun. Your home may be bigger or smaller than those in your inspiration file and your needs might be different to those home owners. Therefore the final product might not look like any of your inspiration images but gathering them is fun, and will help you define your style and give you some direction to get started.

Set and budget and make it work

When setting the budget think about the type of work you’ll be doing in your workspace. Will you be writing, or perhaps doing arts and crafts? Knowing what you’ll be doing will help you decide what to prioritise when shopping. You’ll know whether to spend more on the table than a bookshelf and other items that will make your day-to-day tasks easier. Also think of thrifty ways to save money, like visiting charity shops, searching for online bargains and waiting until items go on sale. But before you make a purchase, find out what it retails for at other stores and make sure it will be useful in the long term.

Get some motivation

Once you’ve set up your workspace, keep something in it that will remind you why you love your work or a memento that will remind you how far you’ve come. This will help you to keep trying when times are tough.

Keep it tidy

Draw up a schedule to help you keep your space organised. Also set up boundaries that will help you separate your home space from your workspace. For instance, all work-related items should stay in your workspace and vice versa. Bringing homey things into your workspace will distract you, while having work in your home space will add to your stress.

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