For those of us who work from home, a great home office makes work more productive, calm, and yes, organized. When Reichel Broussard of Copy Cat Chic shared her home office with us, we had to learn more. Her arguments for improving the ergonomics of your space may (finally!) get us to stop answering all our emails from the living room couch.
What makes this space so Copy Cat Chic?
Pretty much anyone who reads my blog knows that I’m a huge fan of a neutral palette AND the contrast of using black and white. My office definitely reflects that! There’s a lot of light and open space in our home so I wanted to pay tribute to that with my new office spot. I wanted to keep it open and uncluttered. Offices can be so busy and cluttered sometimes, and I think that’s the major reason I’ve held off on having an office until now. I can’t work in a space that crowded and cluttered. I made sure to keep my desk as minimalist as possible without being devoid of personality.
One thing that immediately jumped out to us is that you have a standing desk. Why did you opt to stand?
There’s been a lot of talk about how sitting at a desk all day long in front of a computer is really unhealthy. And I’m at my computer A LOT. So I knew that I’d have to be very conscious on creating a space that I could work at and that worked for me. I spent a lot of time researching office best practices from ergonomic desk chairs, backless stools or even yoga balls. I came across an article about how great standing desks are and it kind of just stuck with me. When starting to research standing desks I quickly realized that there just aren’t a lot of options for a “home” desk. Most standing desks look like they belong in a computer lab. So I made sure to take all of my measurements and found a table that, even though it wasn’t made to be a standing desk, was the perfect size I needed.
How has having a home office affected your work process?
If you’d have asked me a year ago if I wanted a home office I would have given you a resounding “no”, but now that I’ve changed my tune, I just can’t imagine not having one. I feel much more productive sitting at my desk than I ever did lounging in the living room on a sofa with my laptop. Plus it’s great having all of my paperwork, pens and electronics all within arms reach. It’s also a big change in my state-of-mind. When I’m sitting at my desk, I’m in work mode and my focus is more directed.