Space with Grace: Creating an Ideal Home Office

Posted on November 2, 2012 by Clever Quarters

The great thing about working at home is that your daily commute time is about 30 seconds — the time it takes you to travel from your bed to your desk.

The bad part about working from home is finding a place to work.  If you work from home, you need work space in your home office.

Ideally, you can use or convert an entire room in your house into a home office.  But, even a lot of highly-paid executives don’t have entire rooms to call their own.  So, don’t let lack of space cramp your office style. But do make whatever space you have count.

Let’s say, for example, that your bedroom has to double as a home office.  Create a distinguishable space for your office –don’t let your dresser double as a desk or use your filing cabinets to store your sweaters.  It’s better to make a tiny corner of your room your “office cubicle” than to mingle work and home areas.

If you’re creating a home office on a budget, there are a lot of ways in which you can economize — buying used rather than new office furniture, for example — and some luxuries that you can skip altogether until your income rises to the level of your good taste.

But don’t give this vital area of a successful home office short shrift:  organization.

If you’re not naturally organized — if you habitually lose pens under piles of paper and haven’t met a cord you couldn’t tangle — seek a free custom home office design consultation to help to get your home office organized.

Because it’s one thing to keep a messy desk in a downtown office — you can shut off the lights, shut the door and ignore the mess until the next morning.  But, if you’re making a mess in a space that you also eat or sleep in, you’ll never achieve separation from your work.  You will — in spirit, at least — be working around the clock.

Even if you’re normally pretty organized, you may also want to seek help from a professional office organizer.  You might keep a tidy desk, but how do you keep electrical cords out a teething puppy’s reach or make certain that your toddler can’t pull heavy objects down on him?  A visit with a professional design consultant can help you create the space you need and the safety you demand in your home office.

Here are 5 things you will gain by working with a professional office organizer:

  1. Expert advice on how to get the most out of your space.
  2. A plan to meet your furniture, equipment, lighting, storage, organization and teleconferencing needs.
  3. A home office that provides for your privacy, safety and security.
  4. An uncluttered environment that fuels efficiency and productivity.
  5. A unique working environment that matches your professional standards.

And, if you choose to let us complete the home office installation for you, you’ll get a lifetime guarantee on our work.

Want to keep your home office organized?  Kristin Long, a professional organizer and guest on HGTV’s Mission: Organization offers these tips:

 Label everything and put everything back in its place at the end of your work day.

  • Remove all furniture that isn’t being used.
  • Create a computer closet to reduce sound, keep cords organized and your work and “close the door” on your office at the end of the day.
  • Include an “inspiration station” — a place to keep notes and photos to inspire and motivate you.

Because we know how much our business means to us, we respect how much your business means to you — and will strive to create a home office for you that meets your high standards as well as our own.

Contact us today to schedule a free custom office design consultation.