How do we solve the clutter conundrum when working from home?

The rise of the clutter conundrum  

The impact of the last two years splintered the glass panes of people’s professional and personal lives. Suddenly, hybrid working blurred the boundaries between work and play. For the majority of employees across sectors, they have found the flexibility of choosing where and when they work hugely freeing. However, a lesser discussed impact is that this abrupt shift has also created more clutter in our homes.   

This shift to hybrid working meant a large proportion of the population went on buying tech, home appliances, and leisure devices to help themselves and their families stay entertained whilst stuck inside. They collected even more than normal and the clutter conundrum took their homes hostage.   

Startlingly, over half (56%) of UK adults have rooms in their homes that are unusable because they are engulfed in clutter. The spare bedroom, which often doubles as a home office, was found to be the room that was most cluttered, almost a third (30%) of UK adults said. One of the key benefits of working from home is the lack of commuter time, which massively boosts productivity and efficiency whilst doing away with the stress of traffic jams and tube delays. The benefits of arriving at a home office after a pleasant plod from a bedroom are wasted if peaks of clutter and tangled wires from unneeded amounts of tech are swamping a space that requires a calm, tidy and quiet atmosphere to focus. 

Tech that helps you stay tidy and save space  

Despite the UK opening up, lack of space continues to be a problem in this hybrid working age. Consumers are seeking to improve their home office, but this can be a challenge as it is often spare bedroom turned study, which accumulates the things that families don’t need every day but cannot bring themselves to throw away. People are spending more time at home than ever before and this has put a huge premium on space – how it can be saved, maximised and enjoyed as much as possible. The domestic discipline of constant clutter culls and regular rubbish dump trips often disappears during term time and busy weeks at work. This has created a need amongst consumers for seamless all-in-one tech like smart monitors which act as hub devices that can do it all, whilst improving ergonomics and boosting user productivity.  

Smart monitors offer a sophisticated flat-back design and are designed for modern-day users who demand a space-saving solution that offers functionality, work efficiency and entertainment at home. The best smart monitors work as hub devices, making them perfect for a home office environment. The innovation of integrating work and entertainment capabilities into a single monitor serves as the optimal way to streamline home tech (whilst doing away with tangled wires).  

Our monitors also offer different colour options to suit different interiors to help create more harmonious spaces, wherever people choose to work or study from home.  

How to do your best work, and play  

Maintaining high productivity levels can be a challenge when working from home, either permanently or on a hybrid basis. Work-life balance is something all adults strive for, but few realise that having the latest tech can greatly support this effort not simply in terms of speed, connectivity, ease of use or great camera and microphone capabilities but in terms of design innovation. Ergonomic design that is optimised by adaptive technology to help improve eye strain, optical fatigue and posture during extended periods of looking at a screen is key to maintaining wellbeing and these have all been front-of-mind considerations in the development of smart monitors.  

Smart monitors double as entertainment systems, the best of which allow users to enjoy a variety of OTT services without having to connect to a PC or TV. By designing revolutionary tech that is capable of matching the lifestyles of all kinds of people and preferences, brands have listened to consumer needs for space-saving tech that is multi-purpose but doesn’t compromise on capability.  

IoT is a huge growth area in home tech and smart monitors satisfy consumer expectations for seamlessly integrated devices and services to ensure continuity and simplicity in their ever-hectic lives. By acting as an intuitive hub for all connected home tech such as heating, lighting, sound system, security and kitchen appliance control, coupled with the capability of virtual assistant technology, smart monitors serve as do-it-all devices that simplify and enrich every aspect of consumer’s lives. The future of tech is creating fully connected ecosystems that know the user better and fit into everyday lives without thought or worry, where everything from new device set-up to day-to-day smooth running is as uncomplicated and clutter-free as possible. 

How tech has evolved to address changing lifestyles  

One of the impacts of the last few years was how it forced everyone to examine how they perceive and use space in their homes. In this era of hybrid and permanent home working, consumers have had to create fully functioning home office spaces that allow them to work as efficiently and productively as they would in their workplaces. The need for seamless, versatile and space saving technology has never been greater.   

Tech brands are switching on to this call from consumers and creating smart monitors which combine the capability to work and play on the same system, in stylish packages that reflect the need for simplicity and integration into consumers’ current tech ecosystems, and their lives.   

Great tech that helps boost productivity and support wellbeing is key for what consumers want now as they look to tech which is designed to solve problems, like modern space challenges, more than ever. 

About the Author

Damon Crowhurst is Head of Display at Samsung UK and Ireland. or over 70 years, Samsung has been dedicated to making a better world through diverse businesses that today span advanced technology, semiconductors, skyscraper and plant construction, petrochemicals, fashion, medicine, finance, hotels and more. Our flagship company, Samsung Electronics, leads the global market in high-tech electronics manufacturing and digital media.