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3 Tips for Creating Your Best Home Office

Many people see the need for having a home office. You might be one of those people in the workforce who spend part or all of their job hours working from home. You may not use a home office for employment but rather for managing household correspondence and maintaining records. Hobbists may also take over a spare bedroom to turn into their work studio for their activities. If you have used your workspace for a while, and have been less than satisfied, consider these tips to help turn your office into your favorite room in your home.

Organized for You

It does not take long for any work area to become cluttered. You may be facing this situation, and not sure where important documents or receipts are located, for example. Take a bit of time for sorting your materials into like items, recycling or throwing away what you no longer need, and then storing your supplies in ready access to the areas where you most use them. This will improve your productivity while reducing your stress over misplaced items.

Designed for Comfort

Nothing is worse than having to toil at a desk with a chair that is not comfortable or set at the incorrect height. This is not only inconvenient but can also lead to back and hand injuries over time. To prevent this, consider properly sized home office furniture Indianapolis that is suited to your body. It will provide the support you need to reduce physical strain as you perform your job.

Styled for Enjoyment

Working in a personalized office makes the experience more fun. You can change out the furniture fabric and color, or paint the walls, to give your work area a fresh and delightful new look.

By considering how you work at home, and then looking at your options for organization, design, and style, you can find the perfect solutions to make your home workplace a pleasure to use.

The Benefits of Blogging: My Personal Experience

I updated the article to include information about my son’s college graduation.

Blogging has been a therapeutic outlet for me since I quit my job in 2007. Maintaining an online diary has helped me cope with the stresses of everyday life.

Through blogging, I’ve met new friends online who are fellow moms like me. They were the ones who introduced me to the idea that I can earn from blogging in the comfort of my own home.

Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash

I started to earn from blogging in 2010, and since then, I’ve registered with several blogging networks and have been working with them for years. While some of these companies are no longer in operation, I’m grateful for the opportunities they’ve given me.

For the past 11 years, blogging has helped me pay our bills, buy groceries, pay for my kids’ monthly tuition, purchase personal items for my family, and even cover some of my kids’ hospital bills back in 2011.

My son has since graduated from college, and I couldn’t be prouder. Blogging was a huge part of how I was able to support him through his education.

While the blogging landscape may not be as lucrative as it once was, I’m still not planning to retire from it. To young aspiring bloggers, I would recommend trying it out, growing from it, and thriving in the world of blogging.

A Permanent Home Structure with Rooftop in Mind

Our 24-year old bungalow house has weathered numerous typhoons and some unintended distractions (house repairs by neighbors) over the years. Repairs here and there made it livable up to this time. We have plans to build a more sustainable home, comfortable enough for a family of four and a pet dog in the future, but a good kind of problem is holding us back. Our children’s education is always a priority, so any amount left after paying the monthly bills goes to the college fund.

My daughter’s rendition of our future house. Front view.

In 2019, we were left with one student to support and were discussing the possibility of saving up for our permanent home structure until Covid19 happens. We were so excited about the idea that finally, we can start building our financial plan using a mortgage calculator to help us plot the expenses once we get our (future) Pag-Ibig housing loan approved. As for the loan payment, we plan to use Pag-ibig’s housing loan affordability calculator. Sadly, all that loan and mortgage discussions are set aside for the meantime.

Second-floor plan.

Work from Home

We don’t know for sure how long this pandemic will force most people to work from home. In our case, our graphic designer daughter works from home since last year. With the future house plan, the lady will have ample space to accommodate all her gadgets and design equipment. Even if she transitions back to the office, the room will remain as her working area at home. Our son, who is still studying, also needs extra space in his bedroom to do his school work.

The good thing about working from home is that our daughter was able to save her paycheck. We also keep the allowance intended for our son. He is attending online classes so, we don’t worry about transportation and meal allowances.

Effect of Pandemic in Real Estate

Covid19 has disrupted the construction of condominiums and business buildings last year. The hardest affected were buyers, who are mostly, Overseas Filipino Workers. They have already paid for their units in advance but were dismayed to find out the construction has stopped. This issue between concerned developers and buyers has yet to be solved.

The non-payment of the mortgage had caused an increase in the number of property foreclosures since last year. Some property owners sold their residential or condominium units to start their businesses. Real estate websites such as Lamudi showed 593 foreclosed properties up for sale in Quezon City.

If you are keen enough to check on the foreclosed list, you may discover a house at an insanely low price. A business-minded person will consider this an opportunity to try to dabble in buy and sell.  

Resiliency

Ironically, some areas are depicting a different atmosphere despite the pandemic. In our neighborhood alone, several household owners are into repairing, beautifying their houses, building flower beds, and carports. The food business is likewise thriving in our area. One would think it’s a “usual” market day if not for the facemask-wearing customers queuing for their orders. Resiliency perhaps is one of the “good things” these uncertain times have given us.

Carry on

Covid19 has affected everyone but, life continues to move forward. A year after the lockdown, we have yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps, we can safely move when the (Covid19) vaccine rollout reaches its intended beneficiaries. By then, we have achieved herd immunity.

Meantime, our dream house will have to wait until the pandemic is over and our youngest graduated from college. We will diligently work until we reach our goal.