So you are ready to bring home an indoor plant!
Choose a good nursery that specializes in indoor plants. You will find there are many varieties to pick from so have some idea of the size and type you want and possible placement in your house. Before you even go to the nursery, write down where you plan to put these new plants and some general notes on the lighting, temperature and size required. For example if you are going to put it in an empty corner — is it one of the cooler or warmer spots in the house? does it get direct sunlight or indirect? does it get southern exposure to the sun or north, east, west? do you want to put the plant right on the floor or are you going to use a high planter? All this will help you narrow down your choices. Be prepared to ask many questions before you buy – use the nursery experts to make appropriate decisions.
Once you have selected the plant species, look at the specific plant very closely. You want to check the leaves, flowers and buds. You can easily check for disease or insect infestation by inspecting the undersides of leaves and the axil. The plant should look healthy to the eye with full, sturdy foliage. The shape should be balanced and evenly covered with leaves. The leaves should be clean but not shiny which is artificial polish applied to give it the healthy glow. It just means this plant already has problems and it is looking artificial while you wanted a real plant. If the leaves look yellow, have brown edges, spots, blotches or are wilted, it is clearly not the one to take home. If you are looking at flowering plants, select ones with new flowers and buds.
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If you are running a business from home, chances are you are likely to spend more time in your office than most other people and choosing the right furniture for your home office is of utmost importance for many reasons.
Your home office furniture speaks volumes about you. It reflects the way you are likely to do business and how seriously you take your business. A professional looking office that is spotlessness clean with everything in the right place would give your clients the impression that you are meticulous about the way you work and can be trusted to keep deadlines.
For the amount of time you are going to be spending in your home office, it is equally important that your furniture should also be very comfortable. Don’t forget your choice of furniture has a direct impact on your work productivity as well as earnings. It does not necessarily mean you have to go out and spend a fortune on buying brand new furniture, especially if you are just starting out. There are plenty of second-hand shops that sell almost-new furniture at a fraction of the cost.
The two most important pieces of furniture in your home office are your desk and your chair.
Buy the biggest desk that can fit into your home office. It’s amazing how much paper work can get accumulated and with a small-sized desk it would just get piled up and you could miss out on something important. Your desk should be wide and have sufficient space to hold your computer monitor and keyboard as well as adequate working space to spread out whatever documents and drafts you may be working on at the moment. Buying a desk with plenty of drawer space as well as temporary filing drawers will mean you do not have to leave your desk and go looking for the necessary paperwork.
Buy the best office chair that you can afford. You are going to be spending endless hours sitting on it and it is vital that your chair provides you adequate support and comfort. Make sure the chair has a solid upper and lower back support to provide your neck and back with much-needed support. Flimsy backrests can put unnecessary strain on your spine, causing avoidable back problems. Get a chair that has a backrest, which is slightly curved at the lower portion to follow the natural contours of your back. The chair should be broad enough to give you plenty of room while sitting and the seat should be firm and neither too hard nor too soft. Make sure the chair you buy is at the right height for your desk.