How To Organise Your Living Space For Work and Relaxation Through Lockdown

How To Organise Your Living Space For Work and Relaxation Through Lockdown

Working from home and living in it at the same time can be very distracting and stressful. Lockdown and the pandemic has changed our lives drastically.  All the disturbance of home life are thrown in your path and that is nothing to say for the mental pressure it places on you after a time.  The brain starts to lack stimulation as one day rolls into the next and you feel like there really is no balance between relation and your job.   These anxieties can be eased by some small                    re-organisation of your living space interiors.  

We have got some top tips below to give you some ideas of how you can zone your space to make your life feel more balanced. We have split these into two categories to take of those of you that are locked down in a city studio or open plan space which needs different suggestions to those of you in houses.  These idea's should help calm the mind through these tough times and give your life a little more balance. 

Refreshing you interiors can also buck up the mind now we are at home most of the time - for ideas why not check out our Quick & Easy Ideas to Inject Some New Life into your Living Space Interiors

How To Organise Your Living Space For Work and Relaxation Through Lockdown

Open Plan Living Ideas

How To Organise Your Living Space For Work and Relaxation Through Lockdown

Think In Zones

When you have an open plan space, the only way to design it to flow properly is to think in terms of 'Zones' - each area has a purpose and using clever design, certain items can act as dividers for the space.   Obviously, you have to be clever in how you arrange the amount of space you have.  Some may have enough space for a work area, accommodating an eating table and a work desk - if this is you, then try to position you work desk in a place that is separate from the other living areas to keep that degree of separation. Others may have to use the same table for all activities which is obviously more challenging.    We suggest that whatever your circumstance, you make a clear division between your sofa TV area and your kitchen/table/eating/working space (see picture above).  Only use your work area when actually working and your relaxing space when chilling out.  DON'T confuse the two if you can help it.  This will ease the mind and give it routine.  

Purchase some room dividers or use a screen to zone off.  If you really would like to divide the space, you can use room dividers to zone spaces - you know what they say..out of sight, out of mind! This will then hide your work space from your chilling area.  You can also put screen up when working to give you privacy from other who may be in the home - this helps with distractions. 
We recommend that you don't use your bedroom for work - this should be your sanctuary and not a place to setup the computer. 

House Suggestions

 How To Organise Your Living Space For Work and Relaxation Through Lockdown 

If you have a more space to play with, then really think about how the rooms are being used.  If you have a study then use it for work only. Only spend time in the room when you are officially at work.  If your partner works also and needs a space, then think about temporarily converting a spare bedroom (if you have one) into another work space for them.   If not, then you could possibly zone the study for both of you to use or maybe take some idea's from the open plan section above and apply these techniques to your living space to accommodate your partners work space too.
Make sure you use your living room as a chill space only - don't work in an official chill out space.  Over time, the brain will become classically conditioned to associated different zones or spaces with work, chill or play.  This can bring real structure and clam to your life at home. 
Although this is a hard life change for all, bringing some organisation and zoning into your living space will hopefully help to just balance things a little through his period.