You’ve just moved, and you’re thrilled to start settling into your new home. It’s got lots of natural light, enough room for the family, and–your very favorite feature–a spacious home office. After the last year of working from the dining room table and dodging macaroni noodles between keystrokes, you can’t wait to enjoy some designated WFH space. The question, now, is how to make the room into a space you love. In this post, we’re sharing our top tips for setting up a home office and how to create a space that truly works for you. Let’s dive in. 5 Tips to Create Your Dream Home Office No matter what your new office space is like, these tips will help you make it yours: 1. Add some privacy A home office should be somewhere you can go to focus and be productive, and privacy is a critical part of that. If your office is in a dedicated room with floor-to-ceiling walls and a solid door, then great privacy comes easy in that space. Just add a curtain or blinds to the windows, and you’re ready to work. If your home office is part of a larger room, though, or in a space like a loft, you may have to work a bit harder to create some separation and privacy. We recommend using privacy dividers or decorative screens to create a visual separation between spaces. 2. Invest in good furniture If you haven’t upgraded your home office furniture in a while, now is a great time to do so. Choose a sturdy, spacious desk that’s at a comfortable height for your frame and posture and a chair that supports you and allows you to work with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor while sitting. If you prefer a standing desk, look for something that converts from a traditional desk into stand mode. In addition to saving space, these models are also more attractive during their “off-use” hours. 3. Know where to place your monitor Did you know that the position of your computer monitor can make a big difference in how much strain your neck and eyes suffer over an eight-hour day? While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, these tips can help you work comfortably: Position the monitor high enough that your spine remains in a neutral position Keep the top of the screen at or slightly below eye level Place the monitor a minimum of 20 inches from your eyes, or further if you use a very large monitor Move the monitor back, away from your body, at least 10 or 20 degrees to make sure you’re always looking down at the screen at an angle. If you wear bifocals, tip the screen back to 30 to 45 degrees, so you don’t have to tilt your head to focus. 4. Invest in good storage Remote work creates a surprising amount of stuff. There are the computers, monitors, printers, headphones, and other technology needed to do the job, all the paperwork and accessories associated with the job itself. To prevent these items from taking over your new home office, invest in smart storage solutions that work for you. Paper cabinets or files will keep your statements, printouts, and receipts organized, while dedicated storage options can help corral cords, stationery, office supplies, and more. Even a simple cubby setup equipped with small bins will help keep the clutter out of eyesight and make your workspace organized and streamlined. If you have office equipment you won’t use in our new space but aren’t ready to let go of, contact Gallo Moving and Storage to learn more about our secure, climate-controlled storage facilities. 5. Protect your sensitive information If you’re working from home, chances are you’re also bringing sensitive information, like client information, banking information, and more, home. To keep this precious information secure, adopt good practices for storing it. Sensitive documents require specialized storage considerations. We recommend investing in lockable file and storage cabinets that are sleek and small enough to sit on or under your desk. These cabinets will protect your sensitive documents without affecting the flow or appearance of your office. Your Dream Home Office Space is Waiting Getting settled into your new house and home office is an exciting prospect. When you follow the tips in this post, you’ll enjoy a simpler, more streamlined move and a faster path to your perfect home office. Remember that, as you move, Gallo Moving and Storage is always here to help. Our team of skilled local and long-distance movers offers professional packing, moving, and storage services that you and your family can count on. Contact us today to learn more, or use our free DIY video quote tool to get your accurate move estimate now.