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The best way to keep your professional life organised at home is to create a dedicated space where your work supplies won’t be disturbed. Ideally you can set aside a small portion of your home for this purpose. Many people find that even though their home has a dedicated home office, sharing that space with a family member just isn’t viable – they simply may need a quieter place to work. If that’s your situation (or if you don’t have a dedicated home office), perhaps you have a living, dining or guest room that could accommodate your needs instead.Once you’ve found a spot, the most painless and economical solution is to invest in a desk and chair. There are many attractive and functional desks available that won’t detract from your decor. If your job requires only a laptop and limited office supplies, a small desk with minimal storage might work well in the corner of a living room, dining room or bedroom.
How to maximise your wifiBlair says:Ensure you have the latest wifi modem that is designed to run multiple devices at once.Position your modem in a central location in your home. Ensure it has plenty of space around it – don’t put it in a cupboard or on the floor. For large or multi-storey homes, consider investing in a wifi mesh system, which will extend your wifi range. For a single room with a weak wifi signal, consider a powerline adaptor or a wifi extender. Minimise connected devices. Wright and Blair say: Avoid downloading movies on the hour and half-hour during the day as these are popular start times for video conference meetings. Download them overnight when the network is less used. If you’re working from home, consider starting a video conference at a quarter past the hour.
Just think: with email, Skype, mobile phone calling and texting, Facebook and Instagram we can be in constant touch with loved ones, friends and carers. We can buy our food and clothes online and have them delivered to our door. No more having to brave traffic jams, crowded public transport and supermarket queues. From the comfort of our lounge room we can research places to go, how to get there and, if it’s overseas, the language to speak when we arrive. We can access our news, find and share recipes we love, even look up old flames from school. Like with many changes, or the trying of something new, we make understanding and utilising technology out to be far more difficult than it ever actually turns out to be.The progress that the world’s scientists and computer boffins are making is mind-bending. In years to come, our technological options will have expanded and be much improved. Consider such innovations as driverless cars, which can take us out, starting, stopping, steering and following the road rules for us as we watch the scenery whiz by. There’ll be eHealth, enabling us to self-diagnose with computers and other equipment that monitor our heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol and the state of other vital organs, and provide us and our doctor with early knowledge of medical problems. There will be devices that assess our diet and advise the most suitable foods, then order those foods online and deliver them to our door.
3. Define adults’, kids’ and shared zonesMost homes are already ‘zoned’. On a large scale, this is done in the rather obvious form of rooms: your bedroom is an adults’ zone, kids’ rooms are clearly the zone of a younger generation and living areas, the kitchen and bathroom are normally shared zones. Defining these different domains as kids’, adults’ and shared spaces and laying down the law for each room is usually the first step to bringing some order to the chaos. Are toys and children’s equipment welcome in adults’ zones or just kids’ and shared zones? Are you happy with your living room being a toy haven by day as long as they’re packed up at night?Every family is different and you are the only one who knows what will and won’t work, so you be the judge with deciding what belongs where.Take Houzz’s Poll: Can You Have Your Perfect Home and Children Too?
Take talks over housework seriously“It’s not surprising that housework is one of the top four or five things that people argue about,” says Relationships Australia practice leader David Roberts. With two partners often both working and busy – and some juggling parenting responsibilities on top – Roberts says talking through housework expectations is vital for a harmonious household.“Couples with different backgrounds can often have very different expectations, and so the ability to communicate well and without judgement in the discussion is really important,” he says. “Poor communication, along with finances and infidelity, are among the top reasons for divorce, so open discussion and exploration are vital.”