Tips on how to work from your kitchen, with no demo needed!
Why work in your kitchen?
The answer to this is pretty simple, sometimes you just don’t have anywhere else to set up shop!
With more people working from home due to Covid-19, those in small apartments don’t have many options. If your significant other has a desk in the bedroom, this leaves you with the living room and kitchen area.
The living room can be distracting– with the TV beckoning you to Netflix & Chill. This leaves the kitchen or eating areas as the best places for productive work if a permanent desk isn’t an option.
Tips for Working in a Multi-Use Space
Use a Comfortable Chair
If you’re going to be working from the kitchen island for a while, it might be time to upgrade your barstools! We recommend a comfortable barstool with a back, so you can settle in for a productive day a work.
Get Dressed for Work
To set the tone for work, when you do not have a dedicated office space, make sure to get dressed! Sticking to your morning routine of getting dressed for the day will help switch your mind into work mode. This simple act will make the kitchen feel more like your workspace. For ideas on what to wear, check out this article.
Set Work Hours to Avoid Work Creep
Create a work-from-home schedule to avoid your life creeping into your work, and your work creeping into your life! If you’re working in the kitchen, set times for snack breaks and lunchtime. If you share the space with others, make them aware of your working hours and set boundaries that work well for everyone.
Discover Your High Productivity Periods
Sometimes working from home gives you more say over your schedule. It’s important to make the most of your high productivity periods. So if you find that you work better in the morning, get out of bed and get to it! Realize that it is okay to diverge from the 9-5. As long as you’re getting the work done, it’s better to work smarter, not harder. Use your low productivity times to get outside and stretch your legs, go to the grocery store, or catch up on household chores.
Make To-Do Lists
When you’re working from home, the days tend to blend together. To keep yourself on track and productive, use a to-do list! We find it best to create two lists: Things to Do This Week & Things to Do Today. When your eyes start to wander around the room looking for distractions, your to-do list will help bring you back on track.
Eat Healthy Lunch & Snacks
Meal prepping is a must when you’re working from home– especially when you’re working in the kitchen! It’s tempting to sit there all day long, eating chip after chip. Sometimes you’ll even feel like ditching work completely to bake banana bread or a five-course meal, depending on how distracted you want to get. Make sure to stock the fridge with healthy snacks and pre-made meals to keep you from spending hours cooking and cleaning, when you should be working.
Invest in a Good Pair of Headphones
If you share your home or apartment with someone else that is working from home, one of the best investments you can make is a good pair of headphones. Bonus points for noise-canceling! Listening to some soothing music, or an interesting podcast will help you keep focused on the tasks at hand and drown out any unwanted noise from your co-workers.
Tools You Need to Work in a Multi-Use Space
We’ve rounded up some WFH gear for those that don’t have a dedicated office space!
Invest in a Laptop Stand
A laptop stand promotes good posture as you do not have to crane your head downwards to look at the laptop screen. I like to pair my laptop stand with a wireless mouse and keyboard. This prevents your arms from having to rest at an awkward angle when your laptop is on the stand. Check out some of our picks for a laptop stand:
We love this model because it is so chic & blends in seamlessly with the design of Apple products.
This laptop stand is perfect for a multi-use space because you can fold it down at the end of the work day, and travel easily with it.
Get a Catch All Tray or Bin
A catch-all tray is a must-have if you do not have an established office space. Any papers, notebooks, and pens can go on the tray at the end of the day. Your laptop, mouse, and keyboard can also be placed in there! This helps contain your work materials and keep them out of multi-use spaces when they are not in use. The act of putting away your work materials also helps signal the end of the workday, keeping home and work life separate.
We love this clear tray because it is inconspicuous and can blend into your space’s style!
Portable Printer or Scanner
We’re big fans of being paperless, but sometimes using a printer or scanner is unavoidable! If you do not have a dedicated office space, a portable scanner and printer are a must-have. If you find yourself having to print or scan items at least once a month, we think it’s worth having one in your home. See our portable and compact picks:
Printer & Scanner: Canon TS5120 Wireless
Scanner: Brother Mobile Color Page Scanner