Get your home office ready for the holidays with these 6 tips
While the work-from-home style has undoubtedly grown in popularity, we all know that installing a computer desk in your one-bedroom apartment or using storage space for five meetings zooming in a row is far from ideal. One of those challenges has been working around this space while hosting friends and family, especially during the holidays. However, creating a work and play space doesn’t have to be complicated.
No matter your work style, we can help prepare your space for any occasion. Here are 6 tips to help give your guests the best experience this holiday season.
1. Create gathering spaces
No matter how many guests you’re expecting in your home, one of the best ways to get your space ready for the holidays is to create gathering places. Not only do these spaces encourage friendly conversation, but they also provide space for people to relax for long periods of time.
Here are some examples :
- Offering a variety of comfortable seating areas in the dining room.
- Maximize space with additional seating around kitchen islands.
- Decorate a recreation room with holiday decor or a fun theme.
2. Add multifunctional seats
One thing you might not think about until the holiday season is sitting down. With an increased number of guests, you have to wonder where are they going to sit and eat? For this reason, it is ideal to add a type of multifunctional seat that can be useful outside of the holiday season.
Here are some examples of multifunctional seats:
All of these options are great for all seasons and can add comfort and a touch of texture to your home.
3. Revive that spare bedroom
If you were one of those people who turned your spare bedroom into a workspace during COVID, this one’s for you! The privacy a guest bedroom provides is perfect for your workspace, but it’s also a welcoming place for loved ones who are returning or staying for a long time.
Create a welcoming environment using one of these tips:
- If space permits, remove your desk from the bedroom to make your guests feel welcome.
- Use a room divider to separate the welcoming personal space from your work space.
- Declutter your desk and turn off your computer for a clean, distraction-free room.
- Add a holiday candle or holiday decor to add color and ambiance.
Do you expect your guests to stay longer? You may need to find another quiet space to work where guests won’t congregate. If you don’t have an extra bedroom to use, try a large closet, finished basement, or low-traffic hallway. Finally, consider using your bedroom as a multifunctional room for now.
4. Tidy up
More than anything, cleaning up your space is the fastest and easiest way to transform your space for the holidays, especially if you have young children or pets running around. Picking up and storing your things in your apartment will help take some stress out of your life and give guests extra space to store their things.
When you’re cleaning up, keep your guests in mind with designated areas for belongings. Customers will have peace of mind without having to search for personal items.
Here are some examples :
- Find spaces for extra coats and jackets.
- Set up a designated key jar for guests to store car keys.
- Forming an area for shoes, handbags and backpacks.
Did you know? A shopper looking for homes or browsing store shelves may show more stress in a crowded area. Don’t let the same stress happen in your home!
5. Warm it up
There’s nothing like a cozy space to feel comfortable in, especially when you’re invited over to someone else’s dinner party. Keep this in mind when planning your own space!
Some ideas include:
- Addition of cushions and blankets for sitting. Be sure to choose fabrics for your specific climate, for example, wool, cotton and sherpa.
- You don’t have a fireplace? Create the experience of warmth with an electric fireplace.
6. Create a mood
In addition to creating a warm space that offers relaxation and comfort, it is important to set the right tone for your gathering. The ambiance can take many forms for gatherings, from late-night post-game games to casual family dinners. Use ambiance to create an occasion your guests will love!
Here are some examples of atmosphere:
- Add music to fit the mood. Be your own DJ and play your favorite playlist. Adding background music is an easy way to create the right kind of mood in any space.
- Create an atmosphere with light. This can include string lights, strands of holiday lighting above windows, and battery-operated candles in bedrooms and bathrooms.
- Looking for a night of fun? Add themed lighting or colors to your space with disco balls, strobe lighting, or colored themed lights.
- Use candle warmers, aromatherapy, and oil diffusers to create a bright space.
- Pro Tip: Save on the price of candles and aromatherapy by creating your own holiday potpourri on your stovetop! Test your favorite scents a day or two before your gathering to see which ones you like best.
And remember… it’s all in the details
With just the right amount of décor, you can merge your workspace and your hopes for a gathering space into a unique experience your guests will love. Your space can be converted into a seasonal gathering, whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment or have a full house with small children and pets!
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