Thursday, April 29, 2010

Home office for J

So, J may be taking his show off the road and working from home come this summer. I would not be good at that (naps! Snacks! movies! distractions!) but he, I think, will be much better at concentrating on the task at hand. But, the "office room" as it is, is not conducive at all to 8 hours a day of work. It is J's designated room and houses his music equipment, all the cd's, records, futon, etc. and is the only room in the house not painted and put together. So we are slowly thinking about cleaning it out and making it a nice place for him to sit at the computer day in and day out.

So, I thought I would stroll on over to Apartment Therapy and get us some ideas..

I also found these helpful tips..

TOP 5 RULES FOR FENG SHUI:(From Apartment Therapy)

1. Function. If anything, you should let functionality guide your decisions on placement of any furniture or technology around the office. Should this printer go here? How much is it really used? Can I reach it easily when I need it? Every item should be placed in the context of use and optimized according to personal subjective preference.

2. Comfort. A primary rule of feng shui is making sure you are comfortable. Doing so suggests maximized productivity and a calming environment to work in at all times. This also means if you have your back facing anything other than a wall, you might need some adjusting. The optimal feng shui setup allows you to face the people coming into the room, creating an affordance for conversation rather than "I'm trusting you not to be a ninja spy, so please don't attack me from behind."

3. Fashion. Ever go into a room and say to yourself, "Man, that sofa really throws off this room." In all honestly, there's no scientific measure for something like aesthetic design, but one can always try. If a huge couch needs balancing, try adding a large painting or wall-shelving. An empty corner? Add some potted plants. Or simply rummage through our on-going Perfect Workplace Contest 2010 for some great ideas inspired by your own fellow readers.

4. Rearrange often. Like anything design related, one must accept the fact that rearranging is inevitable. We like to do it at least once every three months to optimize our working environment for upcoming projects.

5. Declutter. One of the original key rules of feng shui involves knowing what you should leave out. A room overstuffed with anything, from office furniture, to unruly computer cords, to overcrowded file drawers, is not acceptable. Get rid of it. Keep only what you need. And for goodness sake, clean up those wires!


emily said...

j in a tiny backyard shed office!!! i love it!

Sharry Sullivan said...

A picture of his mother would definitely be a calming focus!