Ways to Make Your Home Office Smell Better

Let’s face it: our home offices and workshops tend to smell a bit stale at times. A lot of hardcore geeks don’t spend as much time on personal grooming as polite society deems… polite. We have better things to do with our time than to worry about how pleasing our surroundings smell, right? Wrong! Imagine how much happier you would be at work if your surroundings didn’t smell quite so rank!

What happens if you meet someone who could turn out to be your significant other were it not for the odd stench that clings to you from spending so much time in a sanctuary of stink? Even if you’ve succeeded in shedding the telltale wake of foul odors, maybe you’d like to invite this possible romantic interest over. Do you really want your office to smell like an old shoe — or worse? It only takes a few minutes to help freshen things up, beyond opening up the windows, that is. Here are a few quick ways to make your home office (or workshop) smell better…

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What Does Your Home Office Look Like?


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You asked for it! And, even if you didn’t ask for it, you’re getting it, anyway. I did the first real home office tour at the beginning of 2009 (and didn’t think much of it at the time). Well, I didn’t do one in 2010 – and some of y’all really got pissy about it. This oughta tide you over until 2012.

What would your office look like if you could do anything you wanted when it comes to decor? Would you go crazy geeking things out, or would you keep things simple?

If you already have the office or space of your dreams, why not show us a photo?

Home Office Tour in Google SketchUp

Jack has been a busy little bee. He’s been playing around with Google SketchUp, and managed to create a fairly decent sketch of my home office.

According to McCall and Associates, “SketchUp is the finest (and most innovative) tool available for anyone designing anything from coffee pots to skyscrapers.” Use it to redecorate a room in your home before spending money on things that end up looking horrible. Create a model of your city for Google Earth. The only limit to what you can create with SketchUp is your own imagination.

You can build models from scratch or download what you need to get started. People all over the world share what they’ve made on the Google 3D Warehouse, and the hope is that you’ll share your creations, as well.

If you’ve made something cool using SketchUp, why not share it with the rest of the community?

Livin' La Vida LEGO


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Are you a LEGO maniac, too? I was pleasantly surprised when community member Zane Harnish built my home office with the free LEGO Digital Designer. Even though you can buy this kit to build for yourself, I wouldn’t recommend it – based on price, as I mentioned in the video. Can someone build a model of my home office that is substantially cheaper?

Download the LXF if you wish!

Oh, and… I know I slaughtered the meme – and realized it after I uploaded the video, so I’m not going to reupload. I leave it to you to give us a better “yo dawg.” 🙂

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LEGO Home Office

Many of you have asked over the years where you can buy the various pieces of furniture and equipment that I have here in my home office. Sadly, some of the items are no longer sold. My chair, for instance, stopped being manufactured quite awhile ago. This makes it difficult for you to create a replica of your own – unless you want to build one with LEGO bricks. Thanks to Zane Harnish, you can do just that!

The office looks pretty dang close to being perfect, don’t you think? You’ll see my little Mini-Fig me sitting next to my Dell monitors and the iMac. If you look closely, you’ll even see Wicket and Pixie hanging around… just like they usually are in my real office. The Macbook Pro is sitting in the middle of my desk, and the “curtains” are red. Heck, Zane even managed to get the Tix clocks in there!

Have you ever created a LEGO set of your own? You can design your own and have it for sale in their stores. Using the LEGO Digital Designer 3 software you can design and build any model you can imagine. Simply download the free software, start building or choose one of the starter models, then design your own unique packaging! Once you upload your creation, you’ll be able to buy the kit… or open it up for others to grab such as with my home office.

If you happen to create my office (or anything unique of your own), be sure to send us pictures!