1. Designate Space
If you’re setting up a home office in your living room, kitchen or basement, make sure to designate a clear work space. Sometimes, even a closet or a section of your kitchen counter is all you need, but as Gaunt says, you need to clearly designate that space for work. If you’re in the kitchen, put up a bulletin board and small desk lamp and maybe a potted plant to create a setting that’s different than the rest of the kitchen. If you’re in the living room, adding an area rug to your work space can quickly separate your home office from the rest of the room. “It’s about tricking your mind into thinking you’re not at home, you’re at work,” Gaunt says. “If you’re trying to work while staring at a pile of laundry or dirty dishes, it can be hard to focus.” Grooms’ moveable glass marker boards have been especially popular as home office accessories because they can quickly separate a home office from the rest of a room and simply be wheeled around when needed.