With more and more of us working from home you've probably moved your home office from the bedroom into a more feasible area but still, it's not exactly what you want. If you'd like to make the most of a small space but still have a practical home office, here are some tips for creating that perfect location.
Separate yourself from the rest of the family.
This might be difficult depending on the size of your home but the last thing you want in the middle of a conference call our kids yelling, screaming, and loud distractions. But this also means setting boundaries with the rest of your household. You need a space that is separate from the rest of the family so that they can do school or be by themselves and you have the privacy you need.
Use a desk that maximizes space.
If you don't currently have a desk you'll need to invest in a standalone, sturdy desk that can fit everything you'll need and is compact as well. If it has separate shelves for your computer, printer, laptop, keyboard, mouse, and other necessities, you'll find that you'll be able to use everything you have in front of you rather than moving from place to place within the house. An L-shaped desk fits great in a corner or even a floating desk that opens up floor space is ideal.
Focus on vertical storage.
If you don't have the space to branch out, consider branching up. If you don't have a lot of floor space, consider installing shelves above the desk to hold files, pens, and other office necessities. If you don't want to ruin the wall, you might consider purchasing a freestanding ladder desk that includes virtual shelves and can just lean up against the wall.
Being un-organized not only messes with your space physically but mentally as well. You'll want to prioritize organization to increase your productivity so that you can spend the least amount of time actually at your desk.
Ditch the bulky office chair.
If you have a small space you don't want half of that space being taken up by a large, bulky office chair. Choosing a desk chair that doubles as a dining room chair or ergonomic sitting chair will work best in a small space.
Keep it de-cluttered.
Working in a small space means that it will get messy fast, which can relate to an unproductive workday. Try to keep your workspace simple and tidy limiting personal items to just your computer, keyboard, mouse, and lamp. Too many personal items in an office… That's already in your home, will simply distract you from working.
Minimize electrical cords.
The last thing you want is to trip over tangled up electrical cords so minimize chargers and cords using a power strip that keeps cords neat and tidy.
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