If you work from home, you know how easy it is to suddenly find yourself working around piles or digging through clutter. Especially if your office space also serves another purpose like a TV room, guest bedroom or workout area. Not only are you dealing with all the paraphernalia of work, you’re contending with all the “other purpose” items that sneak into the space.
Maybe the problem is that you’ve never taken the time to think through your work needs and design a real home office. A simple chair and tabletop do not an office make. A designated space with carefully thought out amenities is the best way to create a home office that will enable you to work more efficiently, integrating comfort and convenience. Tailored Living® can help you design a personalized home office, maximizing the space that you have.
Tip One: Create designated office space
If you don’t have an entire room for a home office, you can isolate a portion of shared space for your office. Remove anything that is not work-related from this space to cut down on clutter. Corral all the implements of your job, including computers, printers, copiers, scanners, shredders, headphones, office supplies, etc., so you don’t have to interrupt your work flow to go use a machine or hunt down a stapler. If this equipment is shared by other family members, you can relegate non-work use (that is not an emergency) to specific times of the day or when you are not officially “on the clock.” Having a designated space makes it easier to focus on work with less distraction.
Tip Two: Have sufficient work space
Without sufficient work space, clutter is inevitable. The amount of desk or countertop space you need will depend on what you do and the equipment and tools you require. For instance, an architect that works with large blueprints will need more tabletop work space than a medical transcriber. If you run a cottage crafting business, you’ll need lots of physical workspace. Figure out how much tabletop real estate you need to work effectively and factor that into your office design along with regular office/desktop needs like computers and printers.
Tip Three: Customize storage for efficiency
Most jobs require day-to-day availability of equipment, manuals, papers and such, as well as some permanent, archival storage. For efficiency, create storage options that organize and facilitate both.
Overhead enclosed cabinets can provide storage for seldom-used-but-important items, while lower drawers and cabinets keep daily-use necessities close at hand. Use drawer dividers, hanging file folders and desktop helps to control all the clutter of your job. Pen holders, charging stations and file racks can keep your desk uncluttered and clean.
If you have a small home office with limited storage capability and have to keep files, projects or inventory indefinitely, your long-term storage can expand to the garage or the top of a closet with clearly-labeled file boxes. Be sure to keep all office storage together for easy access when needed. Purge records as you can to keep storage to a minimum. Check out IRS guidelines for business records: How long should I keep records?
Tip Four: Call Tailored Living for a custom home office design
If you’re excited to declutter and get organized, putting all your office ideas into action is as easy as calling your local Tailored Living. Our professional designers are whole home organization and storage specialists, including designing the perfect home office to fit your needs. They can help you maximize work and storage space so your home office will remain uncluttered, calm and highly efficient!
Call 866-641-8958 (US) or 866-973-8221 (CAN) to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you. We can also help with innovative storage solutions for closet storage systems, entertainment centers, pantries, laundry rooms, mudrooms, garage storage cabinets and custom garage flooring.