Guest Post: Inexpensive Ways Writers Can Transform Their Workspace

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Greetings all! It’s been far too long. And I’m sorry to say it shall be a couple weeks yet before I have anything new to present. In the meantime, please enjoy this post that has been generously provided by returning guest author Christopher Haymon of Adulting Digest, a site dedicated to helping folks make the most of their financial situation. In it he discusses several ways in which writers can update their workspaces to increase productivity without costing an arm and a leg. If you like this post, go check out some more of his work at

More and more people are working from home these days – and that goes double for writers! With the rise of remote work and freelancing, it’s not surprising that many of us are spending even more time in our home workspaces. And if you’re working from home, busy working on the next great American novel, you want your workspace to be comfortable and conducive to
productivity. That’s why it’s important to make sure your home office is up-to-date and efficient. Here are some tips to get you started.

Clean and Organize Your Space

One of the first things you can do is to take steps to clean your workspace. This includes decluttering, organizing your files, and making sure everything is properly labeled. There are websites that offer tips on how to clean spaces efficiently. Once you have a clean workspace, you can start looking for advice on how to update it. You can find DIY projects, furniture recommendations, and even advice on how to choose the best printer for your needs.

Consider a Standing Desk

One update that can make a huge difference is investing in a standing desk. Research has shown that standing desks can help improve posture, reduce back pain, and increase energy levels. There are many affordable options out there, from simple desktop converters to full-featured motorized standing desks. If you’re not ready to invest in a standing desk, you can also try using a stability ball or an exercise ball as a chair. This can help build core strength and improve posture.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

Another update you can make is to paint the walls. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a drab workspace. Choose a color that inspires you and makes you feel productive. Blue is often cited as a color that promotes focus and productivity, while green can reduce stress and promote a sense of calm.

Incorporate Greenery

Adding plants to your workspace is another affordable update that can make a big difference. Not only do plants make your workspace look more inviting, but they can also purify the air and reduce stress. If you’re not sure what kind of plants to choose, there are plenty of guides online that can help you pick the perfect plant for your workspace.

Add Artwork

Hanging artwork is another affordable update that can help make your workspace feel more inviting. Choose artwork that inspires you or has a calming effect. You can also choose pieces that match the color scheme of your workspace. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on artwork, either. You can find affordable prints and posters online or at your local thrift store.

Tweak the Lighting

Updating the lighting in your workspace is another affordable update that can make a big difference. Consider using natural light as much as possible by positioning your desk near a window. If you need additional lighting, consider investing in a desk lamp or floor lamp. You can also switch out your light bulbs for LED bulbs, which last longer and use less energy.

Go for Tech Upgrades

If you have the budget, consider upgrading your technology. A new computer or printer can make a huge difference in your productivity. If you don’t have the budget for a new computer, consider upgrading your keyboard or mouse. These small updates can make a big difference in how comfortable you feel while working.

Consider a New Living Space

Finally, if you’re struggling to make your current workspace work for you, consider upsizing. If you’re looking to buy, check the housing market and search for the perfect property in your area. There are plenty of options out there, too. For instance, in Kansas City, the median sale price is $280K, with nearly 700 homes to choose from!

Writers need time and space to work – luckily, there are plenty of affordable updates you can make to your home workspace to make it more comfortable and productive. From cleaning and organizing to updating the lighting to upgrading your technology, there are plenty of ways to make your workspace work for you. And if all else fails, consider upsizing your living space to find the perfect workspace that fits your needs.

Published by J. S. Allen

J. S. Allen is a writer, linguist, historian, and nature-lover from Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of the young adult series Sauragia and Knights of Aralia, as well as the 'Woodland Tales' anthology for children. Several of his shorter works have also appeared in various print and online periodicals over the years. In between writing and publishing, he likes to draw, spend long hours outdoors, and read. His favorite authors include M. I. McAllister, Brian Jacques, and Alexandre Dumas.

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