Finding Space For Your Home Office
Would you like to become a home worker, but worry that you don’t have room in your house for a home office? You might be surprised to learn that with just a little bit of planning and organisation, even the smallest space can be transformed into a professional area for you to run your business start-up.
Rosalind Brookman has got out her tape measure to show all you freelancers out there how it's done!
Organise, Organise, Organise
A small space can still work as a home office as long as you are organised. Cluttering up the area with papers and equipment will make it feel even tinier, and make it harder for you to be as efficient as possible.
The first thing to do is choose your furniture carefully; ok, you want it to be stylish, but it also needs to be as functional as it can be as well. If you look for pieces that also include storage options then you can kill two birds with one stone. Seating with a lid that conceals storage gives you the option of hiding filing boxes, or spare office supplies.
Purpose built desks will generally offer you drawers and sometimes cupboards, or you can be clever and fit a piece of wood across the top of two shorter filing cabinets to give you a desk space as well as storage.
Sort out your home business papers: put anything you don't need to hand everyday out of sight and keep the rest in labelled boxes and trays close at hand.
If you are using just a small area of a room for your home office Emma Betsy from Emma Jane Interiors suggests that you try and locate your computer and files in an alcove.
Add doors so it can be shut away when you have guests. Paint it a bright vibrant colour so you feel you are in a different place. The insides of the doors can be used as notice boards or extra wall space.
Use Your Wall Space
If you’re struggling for space but your walls are still empty then you’re missing a trick! Have a look around a well-ordered garage to see how they use the walls for storing certain items. Shelving is the obvious option, saving on floor space and allowing you to store files, books and even equipment if they’re large enough.
If you’re short of drawer space for office supplies then use a peg board; sticky tape, scissors and much more can be kept on them within easy reach.
Keep It Tidy
Once your home office is fit for purpose you should ensure that you don't spoil it by allowing the clutter to creep back.
It will depend on how much room you have, but it goes without saying that the larger the desk the easier it will be for you to keep on top of your home business projects. Small desks become cluttered, allowing your paperwork to get muddled and confused.
Organised doesn't have to mean boring; be creative and use unusual or decorated recepticles to store items like your pens, stapler and notebooks. It's an old and worn phrase, but 'a place for everything, and everything in its place' really works, and will keep your home office clutter free!
Read our other Home Office Makeover guides for useful information on decorating your home office.