When you work from home, there are definite do's and don’ts, according to DIY expert Lauren Conrad. Having a landline, for example, is a must, because cell phone signals are often unreliable. Natural lighting is also important, along with interesting artwork and decor.

“When you don't even have to leave your house to get to your office, you definitely don't want to feel cooped up all day,” explains Conrad. “Especially if you're in a creative profession, your surroundings are everything.”

Neatness counts

To maximize a tight space: “Keep it tidy. Not only will your space look larger, but you'll be much more productive if you're not working in clutter. Also, invest in good filing cabinets and shelving from the beginning.”

"'Also, as tempting as it may be, don't just roll out of bed and into your desk chair.'"

Purchase a notepad for to-do lists. Select accessories featuring gold or acrylic, such as staplers, scissors and paper trays. “Keeping flowers around is a great way to brighten up your workspace,” adds Conrad.

Have a routine

Conrad, whose new book, “Celebrate,” comes out in March, suggests sticking to a schedule, with the occasional in-person meeting.

“Also, as tempting as it may be, don't just roll out of bed and into your desk chair. It's important to still have a morning ritual, whether that means going on a coffee run, squeezing in a morning workout or just getting showered and dressed right away,” she says. “After a couple of weeks, working in your pajamas will start to make you feel crazy.”