Over the last few months, many of us have had a taste of working from home, and it seems a large portion of us would like to carry on. Researchers say that the majority of us want to continue working from home more often than we were before lockdown, with the option of combining a part week in the office.
The current crisis has meant many of us creating temporary home working spaces. However, if you were planning on making it a more permanent state of your working life, it would be a good idea to create a dedicated office space.
Working from home has its own stresses. The pile of paperwork on the kitchen table can make it hard to switch off and maintain a clear work and home balance. Having to constantly clear your work away makes it easier to lose important documents – and if you don’t keep things tidy, you’ll soon end up with cereal and crayon drawings on your notes.
So – how do you make a good home office space?
Clear out the spare bedroom
If you have a room that isn’t being used very often, you already have a head start. What you need is a space that you can designate as the office, and keep it entirely separate from your home life.
If you don’t have a spare bedroom or space in the garage, consider selecting a corner of the dining room or the space under the stairs. The key is that it’s a space you can separate from home life, and walk away from at the end of the day.
What do you need in your home office?
The first question is how much space do you actually need to get your home office set up? If you mainly use a laptop, the answer will be very little. A desk, a comfortable chair and power.
When you do have a lot of paperwork, then you’ll probably also need a printer and drawers or storage to keep your paper and stationery in order.
Take time to make your home office pleasant
Consider the things you like or dislike about being in work. When you share a workspace, particularly in open-plan offices, there is always a level of background noise. While you might think peace and quiet would be a benefit, in fact working in total silence may make your home office feel lifeless and dull. A radio or background music can actually help you concentrate.
Another thing to consider is your view. If you have placed a desk under the stairs, you could end up looking at the wall all day, so hang a nice picture where you can see it. We’d add a view of the beach to give us some inspiration, looking ahead to traveling again.
If you are looking out across your living room or kitchen, you could well end up distracted by clutter or the household chores that need doing. It would be better to get up slightly earlier to do the dishwasher than spend all day looking at dirty plates.
Finally, make sure the space you choose to set up your desk gets good internet and phone signals. Constantly struggling to get connected will end up leaving you frustrated and impact on your work.
Once you have worked out where your home office will go, you’ll need to declutter and move furniture about to make some space. There’s no point clearing a space for your home office if you just end of stuffing everything into another part of the house you use. So, if you need a little extra storage space to save tripping over your spare furniture every day, give us a call on 020 3637 0850. We have plenty of unit options to suit your needs.