In our hi-tech, dog-eat-dog world many people are opting to work at home. They can stay connected with the main office, especially for those who are looking for a small office space or work at home as an alternative to a storefront business. And there are some pretty nice benefits to working at home:
- No commute
- Flexible schedule
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Available to family members
- Every day can be Casual Friday
- Tax benefits
If you are one of the millions of people who work from home, what are the biggest challenges with your home office?
- Not enough work space?
- Not enough storage space?
- You can’t keep your seat in the chair long enough to get any work done?
Well, you’re not alone. These are very common problems with working at home and, unless resolved, can greatly impact your success.
Tailored Living® is dedicated to helping you get the absolute best out of all your space, and while we can’t do much about your work style, we can help you make your home office into the best work area ever with these three simple tips. And who knows…it may just change your work style so you can get more done!
Design for an Appropriate Work Space
Don’t be defeated by ineffective work space! How much work space you need depends on what you do. You may need a large worktable, a single desk, an L-shaped desktop, or multiple workstations. The idea of having enough space also works in relation to working in an office environment and attending work meetings. Just like you can solve the issue of not having enough space in your home office, by doing some research into something like meeting rooms reading would point you in the right direction of offering your team suitable options for meetings, therefore providing productivity within the team. There is a lot that can be done too when it comes to creating more space in your home office.
Tip One: Design your home office around exactly what you need in order to get the job done.
- If you need extensive desk space, a counter top can be placed over file cabinets to create a continuous work space.
- Have a dedicated work table if your home office is also a production hub.
- Keep desk and work surfaces at a comfortable height so you can work without physical stress.
- Capitalize on a window view to bring the outside in.
- Computer towers, printers, fax machines, phones or other equipment should be handy to use, but out of your work space. This includes underfoot, where towers can infringe on leg room.
- Install multiple workstations if more than one person uses the space.
- Have a small conference table for meetings and seating for clients. Scrambling to find chairs from around the house isn’t professional.
Plan for Enough Storage
An important part of any job is maintaining records. If you run a business from home, you know that means lots of “stuff” that needs a place to live so you can find and retrieve it. No client, vendor or IRS agent will be happy with, “Well…I know it’s here somewhere!” A neat, organized home office is also more conducive to working effectively and efficiently, letting you get more done in less time.
Tip Two: Find the best desk for you to make you feel like your in your own office inside of at home, you might even want to find something similar to an Executive Office Chair to help with this. Design for enough storage space to keep your home office organized.
- Eliminate piles by having files for your business paperwork; spending 10-15 minutes each day should keep your filing up to date.
- Custom cabinets and open shelves will maximize vertical space in your home office.
- Install electronics and equipment behind closed doors to keep your home office tidy.
- Locking drawers and file cabinets can protect sensitive documents and information.
- Adjustable shelves allow for customizing space to accommodate large binders, sample books, blueprints and plans, with space for art décor pieces or plants to feed your soul while you work.
- Have separate file drawers and overhead storage for each workstation to keep necessities close at hand (pens, stapler, tape, highlighters, paper clips…the tools of your trade).
- Clutter distracts and generates stress; have sufficient storage so everything can be put away.
Eliminate “Ants in the Pants” Syndrome
It does take discipline to work from home. You have to be able to focus on work when it’s time to work. If you’re the type of person who responds to every interruption or temptation that comes along (email or Facebook alerts, dog barking, ice cream truck serenade, ad pop ups) our third tip is especially for you.
Tip Three: Create an atmosphere that encourages working.
- Set a schedule and stick to it with regular start and stop times. Yes, there will always be exceptions, but you’ll get more done by keeping to a schedule.
- A “To Do” list for each day will help to focus on priority tasks.
- Incorporate regular breaks into your work day to check Facebook or answer personal email.
- Have a comfortable chair so physical fatigue or discomfort isn’t contributing to restlessness.
- Provide sufficient lighting so energy isn’t drained trying to see what you’re doing.
- Maintain a pleasant temperature in your home office; too hot or too cold will impact your ability to concentrate. Space heaters or desk fans can help.
- Play music or white noise (like ocean waves) to block out distracting outside sounds.
- Decorate your space to suit your personality; be surrounded by things that make you feel good.
- Take a lunch break to refresh and refuel. Walk the dog, read an entertaining book, or start that load of laundry that keeps calling your name.
Tailored Living Can Maximize Your Home Office
Tailored Living’s professional designers can maximize both work space and storage space in your home office. By custom designing for your specific needs, you’ll be able to work more efficiently. And if your home office is a dual-purpose room, we can master that too.
- Custom cabinets configured to hold whatever you need to store
- Ergonomic work spaces, including desks, workstations and pull-out keyboards
- File cabinets, drawers, pull-out trash bins, integrated lighting and open shelves
- Many styles, finishes and colors to match your home’s décor
- Personalize with decorative hardware, glass-inset cabinet doors and crown molding
- Include a media center in your home office design or install a Murphy Bed to convert the space to a guest room
If your home office is more frustrating than functional, we can revolutionize your space and help you get more accomplished. Call 866-641-8958 (US) or 866-973-8221 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find an organization specialist near you. We’re also the experts with custom closet design, garage cabinets and flooring, entryways, laundry rooms and pantries—organization for your whole home.