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Back to the office: Make your workspace a little more homey

Getting back in the office is going to feel a little overwhelming. Betsy Kling spoke with one expert about how you can bring some peace back into your workspace.

CLEVELAND — After a year of working from home, many companies are starting to bring employees back into their offices. Since so many Americans have gotten used to working in comfy clothes and in their own space, we decided to help workers revamp their office workspaces.

Christina Hidek is a professional organizer in the Cleveland area. She said workers are more productive when they are comfortable.

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Hidek says that any good remodel starts by re-organizing the space, simply by getting rid of things you don’t need anymore.

“First, tackle the flat spaces then go through each drawer individually. Break it up so it’s not too much, just do one space a day,” Hidek said. 

She also said to add décor that keeps you motivated to work.

“It would be fun to add a picture of some place you want to go to your space, so that way you could look at it and go ‘ah! Yes, that’s why I’m working, that’s why I’m back here.'"

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Sometimes, office spaces can feel formal and uncomfortable. Hidek recommends adding décor to match your personality.

After asking her boss for permission, 3News’ Betsy Kling gave her work cubicle a little sprucing up. After cleaning (and she does mean CLEANING with a good purge), she added a decorative rug, pictures, and a small lamp. The lamp doubles as a functional element.

The best part? Betsy says, "All of this can be done without breaking the bank AND everything stays mine." 

Here are links to Betsy’s favorite finds:

Rug:  Amazon - Safavieh Evoke Abstract Burst Area Rug 4x4 

Officemate Verticalmate Cork Bar - If you have fabric cubicle walls these are AWESOME  

Fabric Panel Wall Clips — These are fantastic small clips for photos or papers on fabric cubicle walls

Threshold Geometric Wood Figural Accent Lamp Brown: Target (you'll also need to get a LED bulb - I had a GE Reveal 2850K, 350 lumens)  

Picture Frames: Espresso Salvage Chic Frame Expressions by Studio Décor - Michaels (Be sure to wait for sales or use coupons for picture frames, which happens frequently.  Never pay full price for them.)

Tall planter (back corner) is from Marshalls.  I think it was $16.

Plant:  Pothos (great for low light).  I got this from Rocky River Plant Company.

I'd also suggest a monitor stand of some kind.  This opens up some wonderful space to stash tape, stapler, paper, notebooks, etc.

Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a story published on Feb. 1, 2021.