Finding balance within your home is challenging especially in times of COVID. As a real estate agent in the Los Angeles area I have witnessed how drastically the idea of a house has changed over time. In early years the home has been a safe haven, a warm place of comfort to decompress coming back home from a long day at work.
For young couples it becomes a place to start a new family within a new chapter of their life. Often, my clients when seeking for a new home put emphasis on location, their home must be close to work and schools. The price of the homes often are reflected by these desires.
Classic American homes commonly have two living rooms, a formal and a den type area. However, I noticed that formal living rooms are antique and have become less desirable for buyers. Buyers are now in need for an extra room to call their home office. With the internet easily available, working from home is now a part of normal work life and is widely acceptable.
The traditional functionality of a house is changing. With work life in the same space as your safe haven, there is no distinction between your profession work life and home life.
At the end of an 8 hour work day people would leave their work stress behind while commuting back home. However, now it is with you 24/7 from the home office to the kitchen. Many people working from home now are in danger of burning themselves out. They tend to work more than their usual 8 hour office job. It is important to keep your work and home life separate when working at home. Creating a physical barrier with a home office for example is a good way to keep these lives separate. However if this is not an option, take charge of the hours you are working. Make sure to turn off your work life. Then, you will be able to take the normal time to decompress at home as one usually would from a commuting job.
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