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Guest Blogger: Jackie Waters- Transforming Your Garage Into Your Home Office!

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More people are working from home these days, which makes the idea of having a home office go from a luxury to a necessity. If you don’t have room inside your home for an office, an even better option is to use your garage. Your garage space is full of potential, and it gives you plenty of room to work with, so you can create the office that fits exactly what you want and need.

 

Browse Design Ideas

When you’ve decided that a garage-turned-office is the solution you’ve been looking for, the first step is to figure out exactly what your dream home office will look like. The easiest way to get ideas is to search online for images you find exciting. You can either just look for inspiration or collect them on a website like Pinterest to refer to later.

 

Along with determining the look and feel you’re going for, you also want to brainstorm about what you need from a home office when it comes to practical matters. For example, an architect will need a completely different space than someone who runs a web-based business. You want to think about the right layout, the right furniture, and whether you need space for guests. Will you have clients or customers who visit? HomeAdvisor explains that all of these questions will go into planning your space so that it accomplishes what you need.

 

Make it Functional

After the brainstorming session comes the time to put it into action. Creating a functional space should achieve two things: logistical requirements so that it’s a space where you can work, and comfort so that it’s a space where you actually want to work. This begins by deciding things like whether you will stain the concrete floor, and whether you need to drywall the room.

 

Office Essentials: The obvious office essentials include furniture pieces like a desk, chair, and storage. Besides furniture, a functional office also needs an electrical supply so you can have power for lighting and electronics. One detail to keep in mind is how you’ll access the internet since most garages aren’t wired for the internet, and having wire run can be expensive.

 

In this case, a simple option is to use a hotspot device. These devices that enable internet access, like a jetpack or global modem, are affordable to buy, and as long as you have an unlimited data plan, there’s little to no ongoing cost after your initial investment. Plus, this is something that you may even be able to write off on your taxes as a business expense.

 

Layout and Storage: The best layout for your home office will depend on what your everyday work routine looks like. For example, if you have clients visit you may want a conversational seating area that’s separate from your work space. Planning your storage is another element that ties into the layout because you want to have easy access to everything without the risk of clutter creeping in.

 

The most important step for preventing clutter is to make sure everything has a place. So for paperwork, you could go with a traditional filing cabinet or decorative boxes on open shelves to keep papers and miscellaneous items organized. And while you set up storage for the big things, don’t forget the small stuff too, like charging cables and other electronics.

 

During the planning process, it’s smart to consider whether you have anything in your garage currently that will still require storage. One idea for keeping these things organized, especially ones you don’t need to access often, is to follow the advice of DIY Network and build loft storage at the top of the garage.

 

Some of these details, like finding the right storage solutions, can present a challenge with getting your garage-turned-office setup just right. The great thing is that a garage truly is a space that has limitless potential. All you have to do is form the best plan for your needs and bring your vision to life!

You can reach Jackie Waters at jackie@hyper-tidy.com

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Guest Blogger: Jackie Waters: 3 Tips to Claim Your Life Back from Career Burnout

Have you noticed yourself becoming less productive, pessimistic, or irritable at work? Are you physically, mentally, and emotionally drained, and becoming increasingly detached from your coworkers? You are probably experiencing career burnout.

 

When burnout is left unaddressed, it can lead to severe anxiety and depression, and it will eventually affect other areas of your life. Finding a work-life balance is critical for anyone who wants to live a fulfilling and successful life. If you’re on the brink of burnout or are already in the middle of it, here are some tips to help you claim your life back:

 

Assess Your Career

 

Before you do anything else, it can help to step back for a moment and think about your career. This can be difficult to do when you’re relentlessly working because there’s always a task to complete or deadline to meet. If necessary, take a few days vacation (a week is optimal), and evaluate your career path. Ask yourself questions like:

 

  • Are you fulfilled at your job?
  • Have you lost passion for your work?
  • Is there another career path you would be willing to try?

 

When you have a demanding job, passion is imperative, because you will be spending most of each day working. And without passion, your days will eventually become dreadful and ultimately feel meaningless — hence, burnout.

 

Although it may be hard at first, changing your career could be the best decision you ever make for you and your family, as your fulfillment will carry over to other aspects of your life. And there are many career paths to choose from. For instance, if you like helping people, you might consider becoming a social worker. One advantage of switching to a career in social work is that you don’t even need a bachelor’s degree to pursue your master’s. There are many online programs offered that allow you to take classes while still working at your current job. That way, you can maintain your income while building your new career path.

 

Get Outside

 

Along with evaluating your career choice, spending time outdoors can do wonders for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Nature is one of the best stress relievers out there, and it has a way of restoring balance to your life when you have a brutal schedule. Even a walk during your lunch break can be beneficial, but if you want to take full advantage of the outdoors, pick up a hobby. It can be anything that keeps you active and brings you joy. Surfing, for example, comes with a plethora of health benefits, including:

 

  • Better cardiovascular health
  • Stronger muscles and bones
  • Improved balance and flexibility
  • Exposure to vitamin D
  • Reduced stress
  • Opportunities for self-reflection

 

Also, if surfing sounds like something you would like to start doing, do your research when picking out a surfboard. Running, hiking, swimming, cycling and mountain climbing are other options you might consider. If you’re not sure of your interests, don’t be afraid to try new activities until you find one that sticks.

 

With that in mind, think about taking a vacation that encourages you to expand your adventurous horizons and get a little more exercise. Heading out to Los Angeles, for example, will provide you with a plethora of different options, from hitting the beach, visiting the city’s many iconic destinations, or heading into the hills for a stroll along a nature trail. According to Turnkey, Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory are great for those who enjoy hiking.

 

Consider CBD Oil

 

CBD oil is another thing to consider when you’re experiencing career burnout. Increasing evidence is showing that CBD oil can relieve anxiety, reduce inflammation, promote deeper sleep, and help the body regulate itself. If you’re wanting to explore this natural remedy, it’s important to research reputable manufacturers and ensure you are getting a high-quality oil. Also, you can get CBD in other forms like vape oils and juices. Of course, it’s essential to consult your doctor before trying CBD in any form.

 

If you’re experiencing any or all symptoms of career burnout, take action now. Take a careful look at your career path, and be open to making a change. Try to spend more time outdoors, and find a hobby that provides physical activity and joy. Finally, explore CBD oil to see if it’s something that could help. Overcoming burnout is essential to living a happy and fulfilling life.

 

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Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Life Coaching

 

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Guest Blogger: How to Declutter Your Home and Keep It That Way by Jackie Waters

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Maintaining a magazine-worthy home is likely not a realistic achievement, but having a clean, clutter-free home is attainable. If life has allowed your home to get out of control, you may feel overwhelmed just trying to figure out where to begin. Thankfully, there are several strategies you can implement to begin tackling the clutter in your home.

The “Why”

Before beginning any new project or lifestyle change, it is important to understand why you are embarking on this journey in order to help you stay focused and, more importantly, motivated. There is more to having a clean home than just the pride in appearance and possession. According to Shape, cleaning out your clutter can reduce stress, boost your productivity, and even lead to healthier lifestyle choices. Not only will your home be cleaner, but your mental and physical health will also benefit from the reduced stress of clutter.

Make a Plan

Now that you’ve decided to commit to cleaning up your home, where do you start? Make a plan to decide which room to tackle first, and then begin cleaning room by room until they are each done before moving to the next space. Each item needs to be categorized into “keep,” “trash,” or “donate.” Keep the items you want, trash the items that are broken or damaged, and donate the items that you are willing to part with. It can be a stressful process to determine which items to get rid of, but persevere through and know that the end is worth it.

Tidy Bedroom Means Better Sleep

Your bedroom is a great place to start decluttering. Studies show that you will sleep better in a clean bedroom, so that is great motivation to finally go through all the clothing that you’ve been collecting over the years. Once you have sorted through your clothes and decided which items to keep, it is helpful to get your closet organized in order to maximize the space and be able to see each item you have. Utilize clear storage boxes to store out-of-season clothing and install hooks to hang up scarves and miscellaneous items. Hanging a double rod will instantly increase the amount of space that you have to store hanging clothes. These tips will help you organize your space and be able to keep it tidy in the future.

Keep It Clean

After you have worked hard to declutter your home, it is now important to maintain the state of cleanliness and tidiness. There are several small habits that you can develop in order to keep your home clean. For example, keep your kitchen tidy by emptying your dishwasher each morning and continuing to clean up after each meal. Encourage your children to keep things neat and clean, and take time each evening to clean off the countertops and put away stray items. According to the New York Daily News, even just 10 minutes of intentional cleaning each day will make a difference and keep your home clean.

 

Maintaining a clean home is easier once you have gone through the difficult task of decluttering every room in your house. Each member of the family can have their own responsibilities and participate in tidying up and keeping things straight. It may even be fun to turn cleaning into a game or competition, seeing who can get the most done in a specific amount of time! Once you have created daily habits and a regular routine, you will all be rewarded with a relaxing home, and you will have extra free time to do other things that you enjoy.

 

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Jackie Waters can be found at Hyper-tidy.com

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2019 in Organizing

 

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