Working From Home Office Space
If you have children, then you know that slowly but gradually every room in the house is permeated by their
presence. There is, of course, the noise, which never seems to stop unless they are asleep. Secondly, all manner of
things such as socks, shoes, toys, books, crayons, pens, and all sorts of dolls and blocks just seem to turn up in
the oddest places. However, did you know that work, especially when you are working from home, seems to do exactly
the same thing? Maybe you do not have crayons and dolls lying around, but there are files, pencils, reference
books, calendars, appointments books, and sticky notes everywhere. Although they may have started out in your home
office, before you know it, they have migrated to your kitchen, living room, and even the bedroom. No area is safe,
and you are beginning to wonder what you could do to work efficiently but also leave the work behind when you are
done. The answer is creating a proper working from home office space.
Creating Space for a Home Office
If you have a spare bedroom, an attic or basement that you could turn into a home office, you are
in luck. If you do not have the extra room, consider moving out of your own bedroom to make the space. Sure,
this sounds harsh, but depending on how serious, you are about your work and how much work there is to do, you
will need to have a separate office space to work from. Considering that most folks do not use the bedroom for
anything other than sleeping, you might be better served, if you are working from home fulltime, to move out
of your bedroom and buy one of those wardrobes that allow you to pull down the bed when you are ready.
Must Have Home Office Essentials
While your needs may vary, it is always a good idea to have a separate telephone line for your business. Your
working from home office is also the location where the answering machine, fax, computer, assorted peripherals, and
supplies are kept. Your copier toner has no business staying in your linen closet, just as you would not keep your
socks in your filing cabinet. You will also need a space for your business related files. If you are an artisan,
you will need adequate space for your art supplies, as well as a working surface and good light. A corkboard for
posting reminder rounds out the must-haves for your essential home business office.
Of course, much of the furniture and absolute must-haves for your home office depend on you. Make sure you know
your work habits well enough to know what is important to you and what you can do without. If you are by nature a
neat freak, then make sure you have ample filing spaces. If, on the other hand, you thrive in a controlled chaos,
set up your office so you can have some space to work with.
Home Office Computers are for Work Only
While your children may love using your work computer, you really should buy another one for the family room.
You do not want your children playing computer games on your work computer and accidentally download a bunch of
files that will corrupt your hard drive. Similarly, you do want to try to keep home records and business records
separate, and so separate filing systems should be maintained.
Shut the Door on Work
If your home office does not already have a door, go ahead and install one. This will allow you, at the end of
the business day, to actually close the door to your work, any unfinished projects, and will provide you with that
physical barrier that will permit you to keep your work from spilling out into your family room and by extension
your family life.
As you can see, there are no hard and fast rules to setting up your working from home office workspace. The
great thing about being able to work from home is the fact that you can tailor your space to your own personality
and to your own needs, yet too many times, folks forget to take advantage of this new freedom and instead find
themselves in home offices that are entirely unsuitable to them. Do not let this happen to you!