Is it just me or commute is really doubly hard these days? The other day I went to our Makati office and spent (more like wasted) almost 5 hours of my day in transit. Here in Manila, 5 hours of commute doesn’t mean idle hours where you can read a book or enjoy your view. Instead, that’s 5 hours of being up on your feet, getting pushed and shoved at, smelling all sorts of unpleasant body odors, and being paranoid about pick pockets.
I’m glad I don’t have to go through that ordeal everyday, and that I get to work from home most of the week. It’s times like being stuck in horrible traffic or queuing for over an hour at the MRT station that I appreciate being able to work from home even more.
How do you like to work from a corner of your living room?
..especially if your house looks like this:
Maybe you don’t even need an office desk..
..all you need is a window and a flat surface, in a house like this:
Now that↑ is more like it for working moms with growing families. I love how clean and simple and functional each part of the house is, I can imagine some family bonding moments happening in those very rooms.
As a sidenote, I’m drawn to homes with a guitar (and other musical instruments) blending in its interior design. My husband’s guitar is a mainstay in our home; and like us, I can imagine our daughters growing up loving and learning musical instruments too.
It doesn’t matter how big your house is.
Space can be an issue for apartment-dwellers who work from home. But if your apartment is like this↓, who needs bigger space?
You don’t have an extra room for a home office? Easy. Set up a work desk inside your room! In my recent article at Makeitblissful.com (10 Inspiring Office Setups for Small Homes), I talked about how a bedroom office can actually work wonders. And I mean it, it really works!
I normally work on our dining table in the morning; but in the afternoon, when the twins start to get a bit demanding—Rain always pulling my hand so we can play, or Dawn singing at the top of her lungs—I sneak out, leave them to their yaya and lock myself up in the bedroom.
And oh. my. wow. I get some uninterrupted hours and real work done in our bedroom alright.
Even if you have a lot of space in your house..
..sometimes, you’ll need a little office nook in your bedroom just the same. Like this house:
It’s easy to get lost in your daydreams when you’re looking at these magazine-worthy Scandinavian homes. Sometimes, photographs like these make me feel like I need huge windows and wooden floors in my life, or maybe even buy a new couch or a new desk.
On one hand, we have to keep our homes beautiful, inspiring, and conducive for work and bonding moments with the family. On the other hand, we always have to remind ourselves to stop wanting things we don’t have or can’t afford, and work with what we already have.
As I wrap up this post I hear a faint knock on our bedroom door, and I open it to see our little Rain grinning from ear to ear, cookie crumbs on her face and all. She enters the room and prepares to attack my laptop with her dirty hands; and soon enough her twin, Dawn, enters the room with an even wider grin, happily singing e-i-e-i-o.
Now that, my friends, is all the inspiration I need right now. I think I’m good. :)
Have a great weekend y’all!