Whether you permanently work from home or occasionally top up your hours outside the office, it is essential to have a dedicated space to work in. However, setting up this space in the first place can be a bit of a challenge.
The ideas and suggestions here will put some of those dilemmas to rest and help you to have a clearer picture of how to create your perfect home office.
The area of your house that will become your home office depends on the space you have available and what you need your office for. If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room that can become a study or, if you’re pushed for space and have to have an office in a cupboard, it should be away from the distractions of the rest of the house and the street outside. This will allow you to separate your work and home life a tad more.
If you have an office in your bedroom or a room that you use a lot, make sure you are able to hide as much of your work as possible when you’re done; this is important and will help you switch off after a long day. Good storage units and boxes that can be covered will make this easier to do.
Two important things to remember when creating your home office are that the space you use should be dedicated to being a home office, and that it should be a space that you want to spend time in.
The design of your office can affect how you work from home. Try to keep your office clutter free and use it only for things associated with work as this will help separate work and home. A good tip to make your office look streamlined is to use cable tidies. A good desk and an adjustable chair will help your office look smart and be a place conducive for work.
If you’re working in a small space, one option to consider is painting your office. It doesn’t have to stand out from the rest of the room but it does help define where your work space is.
To make your office functional it is imperative to have a sound filing system and space for long and short term storage. Keeping on top of the paperwork is critical when running an office, but this task takes on a more important role when working from home.
Having pigeonholes on your desk will help you sort things from day to day and complementing these with ring binders or folders will ensure you keep order and control.
For long term storage, cabinets or boxes on wheels that can be hidden away can solve many problems. They give you all the benefits of style and ease of use but you can also wheel them out the way to create more room. Another helpful tip to stay on top of the paperwork is to have regular clear outs, even if you’re not naturally tidy!
Having the right technology and equipment from the start can make setting up your office a lot simpler. You will also be able to work better as a result. Having suitable software installed on your computer will ensure that you can produce high quality work – after all, there’s no point in having a state of the art graphics card if you deal with spreadsheets!
If you’ve got the space you can have a separate printer, photocopier and scanner, that way if one leaves you stranded you’ll still have the other two, but if space is at a premium then there are some excellent three-in-one units out there. It’s worth remembering that these things can be shut away in a cupboard when they’re not in use.
Two things every home worker should check are to ensure that you are getting a good deal from your internet provider, and that your office equipment is insured (either on your household insurance or separately).
Using these ideas and suggestions will help you on your way to creating your perfect home office, so now’s the time to pick up a paint brush and sort out some drawers and make a space you’re proud to work in.
Have you got any other suggestions for creating your own home office? Share in the comments.
Doug Walton is a keen blogger who has interests in sport, books, films, culture and has written book reviews. He is looking to expand his blogging into other interesting areas and search out new horizons. He is a keen Continua customer.
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