I realized that instead of resenting the unique coffee in the office and the loss of my particular workspace as a result of the pandemic, I accepted it as a personal challenge to create a beautiful and functional office space at home – in one corner of the guest room. As usual, everything related to the interior inspired me, and I started my new task. In the end, it turned out unique, and I shared it with friends who asked me for advice. I developed several options for them, according to their spaces and the available furniture, and decided to share some of my ideas and discoveries with you.
First and foremost, when making a small “home office,” do not disturb the balance in the rest of the room, unless it is in a separate room. You have no such different spaces, so organize the workplace in the room of your choice, near the closet. By arranging your things there, you will hide the work clutter. Your first goal in the home office is to organize your workspace so that you can hide the various items you use. Free up space in a nearby cupboard that holds items that have not been using for years.
“If you haven’t used something in a year, you don’t need it!” – Chinese proverb. I threw. I cleared and felt good.
Built-in cabinets offer enough space to organize and prevent clutter. For example, installing a shelf to download your keyboard or printer is an invaluable gadget as it hides bulky equipment while allowing optimal use. The ability to close the cabinet doors helps create a clean, rational aesthetic that prevents unnecessary distraction. Wall cubes or a container with drawers can also help improve your organization. I like open shelves on both sides of the desk. They create a kind of creative chaos. Well-organized chaos, however.
Second, I think it’s imperative to establish a better distribution of cables or install a desktop power supply. Whether you’re doing it for safety or you’re just uncomfortable watching wires and cables scattered on the floor, finding a solution to cover up cables is a big deal. Fortunately, there are many options for embedded systems that not only hide your lines but protect them from a tangled mess.
The third, simple thing you can do is to ensure proper file storage or use a magnetic board to reduce paperwork.
Documents are often the biggest culprit for office clutter. Whether you tend to put sticky notes everywhere or have piles of flying sheets on which to write your assignments, I recommend that you try to reduce the printed documents by scanning your files and storing them electronically whenever possible.
Another way to remove some of your documents is to use a magnetic board with a dry-erase marker for daily tasks and get rid of the piles of sheets you can never find when you need them.
Fourth, and basically, is the desk where you spend a big part of the day. The seating chair also – for upright posture and relief of the spine. Body comfort is essential for your ability to work. It is no coincidence that all orthopedic devices are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason. There is also an advantage of the home office. You choose how to organize your comfort, not your boss. Body posture throughout the working day is essential for maintaining a person’s productivity and energy levels. You can choose a desk with lowering or raising, changing levels to alternate the two, and changing the body’s position, giving your body a chance to stretch and recharge with energy while you continue to do the work.
I think this L-shaped desk is just excellent! Excellent use of a little nook!
Fifth, and no less important – invest in proper lighting.
With such a massive influx of virtual communication, the idea of a home office with appropriate lighting takes on a new meaning. Working in the dark is certainly not good for you, as well as for your colleagues and clients, as you make them strain to see you better at Zoom meetings. Cool, bright lighting is a must if you are looking for a professional, productive atmosphere. If possible, LED.
Where can you locate your home office?
- Functional desks and shelves add immediate organization to this small free corner—accessories such as plants or lighting help bring a little personalization to an otherwise dull area. Don’t forget the lighting! A hanging lamp is all you need if you work in the evening.
- Using the space under the stairs – a great idea that I think you all agree with me.
- Placing a board between two cabinets – A simple work area added between two bookshelves gives you an instant office atmosphere. Synchronizing colors with the rest of the space helps. Everything will be in tune. The shelves need to be deeper so that you can easily place the printer or other office equipment. A pull-out stand is a great idea to access the printer when required.
- Two for one – A long desk with a central storage divider helps divide a work area into two! It would be ideal for a work area with one wall or office space in a bedroom/living room.
- A separate mobile office desk on wheels, which you can position wherever you want.
You see, you don’t need a lot of space to make a working office! Sometimes even small shifts work.
The work-home area should be well organized and comfortable, offering peace of mind – in the corner of the room, under the stairs, or in some space of your house.
Remember that the trend is often to work at home, or full-time, or have to work in the evening to complete your tasks for the day after work, which I think is controversial, but it has become commonplace nowadays.
Which of these home offices is your favorite?
If you have any questions, write to me, please 😉