If your job has moved into your home, you’re going to need an office. To keep things tidy, a private room can help. Even if you can’t take over an entire room, you can define an office space that will work well if you use the tips below.
1) Use Color
For those who’ve left the office greige behind, color is key to enjoying a fun home office. Even if your desktop is an old door with cables run through the handle hole, you can paint it with something fun and bright. Use color to define your home office space.
2) Use Glass
Make sure you have a way to let light pass into your office space. Use some shelving of glass and put something pretty on it so your workspace has a bit of personality. Treat yourself to something charming, light a candle, make it a wonderful space to be in as well as work in.
3) Add Art
If you have papers you have to track, use a file cabinet. Save your bookcases for
- bins for loose items
- art or decorative objects
Don’t stack paper on a shelf. Use a bin to keep things in order. If you have the space and the resources, consider a computer armor that you can close up when you’re not working.
4) Customize for Reach and Lighting
It’s your office. If you have a shelf above your desk, set it at exactly the height you need to reach and stretch to get to the things that you use often. If you like to use inspiring signs, have photos of family, friends and pets, or use art items to show off your personal style on the shelf above your desk.
5) Your Chair
Go to an office supply store and test drive chairs until you find the one that suits you perfectly. You want to be comfy and your chair only needs to match your space, so make the investment to have an office chair that suits you and you alone.
6) Repurpose Existing Items
Carefully review the existing items in your home if budget is a concern, or if your home office will be temporary. For example, you may have a side table or a trunk that isn’t getting a lot of use in one room or your house that could be very useful in your office. A side table with bins on the shelves could serve as a paper management system. An old tin can easily be turned into an office supply bin. Once you’ve been through your existing items, go shopping for the remaining items.
7) Budget Ideas and Temporary Fixes
If you’re in an apartment and can’t paint your office, you can still customize your office for very little money. Hit a thrift store and find a pretty scarf or fleece blanket and hang it on the wall behind you or beside you to define the space. Use an old door as a slab desk and set it on top of two short bookcases so you have both a spot for your computer and storage. Mount a surge strip to the inside wall of one of your bookcases so you can create a charging station for all of your electronics.
8) Use a Screen
If your space is very small and you’re struggling to carve office space out of a shared room, invest in
- a folding screen that you can use when you’re working
- a good set of headphones that give you a break from the noise of your household
- a timer to help you focus
Unless you need a lot of deck space for multiple monitors or a paper work stand, you can get a lot done on a laptop on a very small desktop. However, distractions and poor definition can make it very hard to stay on task. Treat yourself to a screen that you can set up to create a visual barrier for yourself and your family to say that you are not available.
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