3 Simple Ways to Set Up a Kid-friendly Home Office

by Natalie McBride

3 Simple Ways to Set Up
a Kid-friendly Home Office

So you’re working from home now thanks to Covid-19. Maybe you’ve been home for a while or maybe you’re just getting started. Either way - we’ve got three simple ways to make setting up your home office easier than you thought. If you’ve been working from home, maybe these suggestions will improve your current setup, so don’t disregard our advice just yet. If you just got the news you’re working from home, you might be adding this to your list of worries. It’s possible to establish a home office that’s efficient, comfortable AND even kid-friendly. 

1. Arrange yourself near a window.

This is a tough time for all of us. Any mood-boosters are welcomed right now. Working near natural light has proven benefits to our mood and creativity. Resist the urge to shove yourself into a closet or a dim corner of the house. While this setup is temporary, don’t sell yourself short by picking a less-than-ideal spot in the house to work. Pick a window or a well-naturally-lit space for optimum work space.

2. Set up a mini version of your office for your mini.

If you’ve got kids at home from school, this might be a whole new experience that rattles you both. Remember, this is temporary… they will eventually go back to school. Little ones literally and figuratively look up to you (for many reasons). This is a new experience for them, too, and they’ll be curious about what you’re up to more than ever. If you can set up a desk, phone and/or computer/tablet for them, they’re more likely to cooperate with your new schedule. They’ll have a fresh way to imitate you, without (excessively) touching all of your supplies which makes them feel proud and independent. #winwin 

3. Yes, keep it simple.

If you don’t already have an ideal space for a home office, it’s okay. Remember that this situation is temporary and the goal is to maintain your work. If you don’t have a desk, find a table that will do, for now. Get close to an outlet and/or remember to charge your device overnight so you’re powered up for your work day. If you like to hand write notes, get some paper and a pen within reach, so you’re not scrambling during a call. If you don’t have an office chair, pick one you don’t hate to sit in and pull it up to your new “desk”. Put a small pillow behind your back for added support. 

Is it really that simple? It can be! Of course, everyone’s work style and goals are unique to them, but this is a great place to start, especially with this being a temporary setup. You can certainly take it further than this, but it’s a quick, simple, efficient, less-stressful way to ultimately maintain your work while at home. So many are in the same boat, now, so own your new arrangement. When you get on the phone, resist the urge to apologize for your kid(s) in the background. That’s nothing to be sorry for and if we all accept this reality together, it’s more acceptable and less stressful. If you’re on a video call and your kids wanders up to you - own it! Pick him/her up and let them see what you see and bring a smile to the other person’s face when you do. We only stress ourselves out more when we try to hide that we have a life with a little one(s). All bets are off right now - let’s own our unique situation while working from home and set up your “office” like the powerhouse that you are.

How will you maximize your temporary home office set up? Send us a picture of your space!

#babyboldly 

Bold Momma Author

Natalie is co-founder of Baby Boldly, wife to James and mom to Abigail (5 years) and Mabel (21 months). Her passion is to empower new parents for improved birth and postpartum experiences and changing the way society relates to new moms’ and dads’ unique needs.

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