As someone who works from home almost full-time, I understand how important it is to have a dedicated home office space. After almost a year of working from home you may think it's time to take this seriously and finally create a small office space for the long haul. Even after the Pandemic seems like it's in the past, you may consider continuing working from home.
Before the great Pandemic of 2020, working from home was a dream. I longed to eliminate the one hour each way hell ride known as “commuting”. Suddenly, overnight with little warning I was working remotely.
Don't have a little dining area that can be commandeered for an office at home? A small area like a closet or even a dining room table can be made into a portable home office. In today’s work world, we are so lucky to have the tools to create a nearly paperless office. It’s all about function, remember “form follows function”.
However living in a one-bedroom condo with a husband and two cats not much space is available. As a blogger, luckily I already had claimed the dining areaas my office space. Though I have a space I still find myself working on the balcony or sofa when working on my blog. However, when working my day job, it’s all business.
You really don’t need a large space, my office is set up in the little dining area outside my small kitchen. It’s really perfect, I can see outside so I don’t feel claustrophobic and it’s got a good angle for Television! All the furniture and storage in my office was purchased for around $500 total.
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If you don’t have space for a desk then you need to be really good at organizing and prioritizing. You’ll need some type of portable set up to be your home office space. Rolling storage bins, tray tables, or a drop-leaf table can be really useful. If you don’t have space for a desk then you most likely are using a laptop as your main computer. The beauty of the portable option is you can take your office anywhere you want, work in the bedroom, living room, or even on the balcony, just roll in out.
I don’t have any space for a desk
If you don’t have space for a desk then you need to be really good at organizing and prioritizing. You’ll need some type of portable set up to be your home office space. Rolling storage bin, tray tables or a drop leaf table can be really useful. I’m guessing that if you don’t have space for a desk then you most likely are using a laptop as your main computer. The beauty of the portable option is you can take your office anywhere you want, work in the bedroom, living room or even on the balcony, just roll in out.
Maybe you have a little room and can squeeze in a small desk
I love my small desk, a black 24 x 36 hairpin leg desk that fits perfectly in my home office space. It's just the right depth to hold my desktop computer and I’m able to push the keyboard away and have room to get out the pen and paper, yay old school. My Bisley file cabinet works perfectly next to my desk and acts as a workspace extension to my desk.
You have a dedicated space to create your home office
Before you buy anything map it all out and make a list of everything you think you need and which activities you will perform in your new space. No not sex, I’m talking about paying bills, working your day job, maybe blogging, or writing letters. Designate areas for all the items you need, files, notepads, pens, etc. These are the things will help make your desk purchase easier Nothing is worse than spending some dollars on a desk and then realizing that you really do need drawers!
You absolutely need a good chair and proper lighting. Once you have the basics in place now you can start filing it in with a few extras.
Tips to set up an office at home
A clean functional home office space that is aesthetically pleasing can make work so much more productive.
Define the office space to fit what your needs are and remember "form follows function".
This is the part where you need to think about how you need to use your space. Spend a little time and designate what goes where. Don’t just put furniture in and start filling it up with your supplies.
As an example when I was looking for a bookshelf for my cookbooks I went through and tossed the ones that I really did not use, then looked for a bookcase to fit the number of cookbooks so everything would have an organization place to live. I don’t like having like items scattered around.
The beauty about closet offices is that they are out of the way, so when you’re not working you can close the door and leave the office behind. Another plus is if you not very neat, no one knows.