Is it just me who gets excited about decorating for Christmas sometime in October? Or are you like my partner who would rather if all things festive were confined to December? In any case, I’ve rounded up three ideas to make your home office a festive and inspiring space for Christmas and beyond!
The new year approaching offers a nice clean slate to have a good tidy-up and refresh. We often think of decorating our lounge or dining room for the holidays, but the same ideas can be applied to our office for extra merriment and productivity!
I mean, if you’re working from home, you might as well enjoy it, right?
Festive idea #1: have an end-of-year clear-out
Yeah, I know, I know, not the funnest of all tips! But before I move onto adding pretty elements to your home office, we do need to start here.
And by we… I mean me. I really need to tidy up my office space! I’ve got an inbox full of papers related to my PhD that I no longer need. I have a box of crackers I don’t eat. And there’s a big cardboard box on my desk that I’ve been hanging onto because it has a friend’s address on it… Which I should just add to a spreadsheet of friends’ addresses on Google Sheets, rather than keeping boxes and envelopes with their addresses on…
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Anyhoo, enough about my clutter: what does your home office look like? Could it do with a 30-minute tidy-up? A YouTuber I follow has a monthly “life admin day”. I have yet to implement the idea myself, but that would be a great time to get all those niggling tasks out of the way, so that you can start fresh.
This might also be a good time to do a bit of a digital clean up: unsubscribing from email lists and podcasts that don’t serve you or bring you joy. If your physical clutter is a real issue though, you might be interested in the KonMari method: I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying a while back and it really helped me to tame the madness regarding my clothes… I clearly need to revisit her principles in my office though!
Festive idea #2: add Christmassy touches
Right, hopefully your office is now tidy-ish, so let’s move on to the pretty festive touches! I’ve rounded up a selection of festive decorations you could add to your home office, even if you’re on a budget. If you’re like me and you have quite a small office space: be creative! Can you put decorations on a windowsill or a bookcase? Can you hang baubles on the wall or from a corkboard?
- Personalised Christmas sign: I’m sure this was created with believing in Father Christmas in mind, but you can use it as a reminder to believe in yourself!
- Wreath with lights: this would be great hanging in your window, or behind your desk to add some interest to your background when doing video calls.
- Faux eucalyptus hoop: this comes in several sizes so you could even combine several to add interest to an empty wall.
- Personalised velvet Christmas stocking
- Mini artificial potted tree: most home offices probably can’t accommodate a full-size Christmas tree, but this would look cute on a desk or windowsill.
- Gold star curtain: this would certainly make for a festive backdrop to your Zoom calls!
- Personalised Christmas banner: we actually have this and the effect is quite stunning.
- Snowflake goal tracker: this printable tracker was made by yours truly, I couldn’t resist adding it to this list. Pinned on a corkboard by your desk, iIt would pair well with the “BELIEVE” sign.
- Gold pine cones: you could also DIY this by spray painting pinecones that you found on a walk. They would look great tied on some string as a garland.
- Personalised faux fur and velvet stocking
- Bauble card holder: wouldn’t this be lovely to hold post-its?
Festive idea #3: choose things that sparkle and bring joy
Above, I shared some decorations that are explicitly “Christmassy”. But another approach is to furnish your office with beautiful objects that are functional and can be used year-round.
Now I’m not encouraging you to throw out everything you own and replace it today! But for example, if you’re in the market for something new, you could consider one of the items below, which will give your office a festive sparkle, but also won’t look out of place the rest of the year.
- Concrete and gold candle
- Moon phases notebook
- Gold and glass pen pot
- Gold monogram mug
- Pink velvet chair
- Purple and gold agate bookends
- Agate coaster
- Sun and moon wood wall triangles
- Copper tealight holder
- Rose gold filing trays
- Sandstone Surface laptop (this what I’m typing on right now!)
That’s all from me today. Remember: you’re already good enough, show up for your goals and have a joyful day!
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