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Has working from home become your new normal? Traded happy hours at your local watering hole for virtual drinks with friends and family from around the country? Trying to stay in touch with your loved ones, while practicing safe and healthy social distancing?
If any of this sounds familiar, then you’ve probably used a video conferencing app in the last few weeks. Around the country, millions of people from all walks of life are learning how to stay connected using apps like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, and FaceTime. In fact, back in March, video conferencing apps saw a record 62 million downloads in one week — up 90% year over year, and 45% over just the previous week.
During this unique time, it’s easy to see why video conferencing apps are so popular. Video calls allow us to stay connected while remaining apart; they’re convenient, easy, and even a little fun! Of course, video apps can also have some downsides. By and large, these apps allow people to get a glimpse into your home. If you’ve been putting off some of your routine cleaning chores, you might not be excited to show off your home to your friends and co-workers.
Fortunately, there are all sorts of little things you can do to show off your place in the best possible light! Here’s how to clean and prep for a perfect video call, in no time at all:
Let There Be Light
There’s a reason why there’s a lighting crew on every major movie set! Lighting is one of the secrets to looking your best on camera. Take a few seconds to optimize your lighting before each video call.
Try to position yourself so that the light source in the room isn’t directly behind or above you, as this can make you appear dark and shadowy. Instead, try to use natural light from windows or a steady lamp, positioned to reduce shadows on your face. Need to let in a little more light? You can find our guides to cleaning windows and blinds here.
Set Up a Workstation
As many people transition to working from home, setting up a workstation is an absolute must. Whether you’re stepping up your home office or simply clearing out some space on your dining room table, set up a tablescape that is clean, open, and easy to work with.
When picking a place to have a video call, look for an area that is out of the way, so you won’t constantly have family members or pets poking into the background. Look for an area with good acoustics — that means try to avoid rooms with high ceilings. You can also throw down rugs, tablecloths, and placemats to help cut down on the potential for echoes from hard surfaces.
Finally, pick the perfect seat. Try to find a seating option that lets you improve your posture and stay attentive. If you don’t have an office chair at home, a bar stool or kitchen chair may be suitable.
Elevate Your Camera
Try to keep your camera at eye-level. As Curbed explains, “this provides a more flattering video angle.” It also encourages you to maintain a proper posture and avoid hunching over your device, while also minimizing the urge to get too close to the camera. (People want a clear view of your whole face, after all, and not just one giant eye!)
If you don’t have a stand to hold your laptop or tablet, try to rig up a DIY solution; this could be as simple as stacking up some books or boxes to lift your device a few inches off the table.
Unclutter Your Background
This may be the most important way you can get your home ready for hours of video conferencing. When you set up your workstation, spend a good amount of time figuring out what will be behind you onscreen. If there’s a lot of clutter or a few personal objects you’d prefer to keep private, take some time to get them out of sight and into storage. Look for dust bunnies, scuff marks, cobwebs, and any other messes that you’d rather not show off to your friends and colleagues. Getting rid of bulky objects and messes won’t only help show off your home in the best light, it will also get rid of potential distractions and make it easier for the people on your video call to focus on you.
Using Zoom? Take Advantage of Its Unique Features
Zoom has been everywhere in the last few months, and it’s easy to see why! On top of its other features, Zoom has some handy tools that you can use to put your best (virtual) foot forward. For example, if you don’t want to show off your space, you can swap in a digital background. Zoom also has filters that can help improve your lighting and appearance, automatically.
Have Any Questions? We’re Here to Help
Whatever challenges life brings, you can rest assured that Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service will always be here to help. Our cleaning experts can tackle the little things, so you and your loved ones can remain safe and secure, no matter what.
Our teams of professionally trained cleaners offer flexible time windows, unparalleled attention to detail, and can bring all of the cleaning supplies necessary to sanitize your home or office. We can help take some of the pressure off, giving you back time to focus on caring for your family and enjoying what matters most.
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