Whether you work from home, do out of office hours on the weekend or just want a space where you can keep all your home paperwork organised, a home office is essential. And the only way to make one fully functional and beneficial is to keep it organised. Below are some ideas to help you stay on track when creating a home office that looks great but also works well for its purpose. And if you are interested, follow the click for more home ideas.
Separate Your Space
To separate your home office from your personal space, make sure you give it a distinctive style. Keep the design far removed from the rest of your home’s style. This will guarantee that you turn into ‘work mode’ when you get into your office. For example, if your house is designed in soft, warm shades and carpet, perhaps choose a stylish monochrome office with wooden floorboards. Or if your home has a beachside or cottage feel, make sure your office is far more utilitarian in design. Separating these spaces ensures you’ll get more work done when you get out of the ‘home zone.’
Even the most disorganised person can get more organised with the help of the correct tools. Think first about what you are using your office space for. Are you and your partner sharing? If so you’ll need to invest in two lots of in/out trays and filing cupboards. Is it just for house utilities, the kid’s school stuff, and personal paperwork? Or will you be working at home and using this space most of the working day? Knowing what you will be using the space for means you can then work out what you need to buy. You can buy cheap notice boards, in/out trays, archive boxes, and desktop storage to create structure in the room. You may also want ring binders, document wallets, envelopes, stamps and extra ink cartridges too. Find a place to store everything in a methodical way. And if you are sharing the office space make sure to clearly label your own folders so that it doesn’t get confusing.
Seating And Lighting
These two are the most crucial to get right to ensure that you look after your back and your eyes. You want to make sure your office has as much natural daylight as possible, so always place the desk near or under the window. A task light is also essential for late evening work. And also include overhead lighting, preferably on a dimmer switch. Never put your overhead light directly above your computer screen as this can cause unwanted glare. For the best chair, choose an ergonomically designed one. And test it out before you buy, especially if you are going to be doing a lot of work in your home office. Ergonomic chairs are kind to your back, pelvis, spine, and neck. And they are certainly worth the investment. You may also want to invest in a foot rest and an ergonomically designed mouse if you are using a computer rather than a laptop.