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How To Set Up Your Home Office
In Three Easy Steps

Organizing an office for working at home

Working from home has a tons of advantages – from not having to dress in a formalwear every single day to organizing your responsibilities in accordance with your own personal schedule – but it’s not all fun and games. What many people don’t seem to understand is that working from home is still working and you are paid to perform your duties just as if you were in an office. Since working from home gives you freedom to set up your home office in the most personal way possible, you can make your work a lot less hard and stressful, and do something good for yourself. Here’s how you can organize your home office.

An office set up at home
Subject to your available space and budget, you can set up a great home
office that will be easy on eye and functional.

Utilize Everything

The issue of space often proves to be quite hard to resolve, but it’s certainly not impossible. What you need to do is use all the space you have – not many houses and apartments are designed with the idea of having a home office, so you’ll have to come up with a practical solution using the capacities you already have. Most home offices originate from spare bedrooms, unused closet spaces or renovated attics, and are thus usually small and practically useless at first.

Utilize available space
Even an available wall panel can be a great place to set up a home office

If you want to maximize the potential of your home office, you must think in advance. For instance, don’t purchase a big expensive desk that will take too much room, but make one on your own, or refurbish an older one you find on a flea market. This way, you will have reliable and suitable desk that will leave you enough space for other things.

Large office at home
If you have a large room available at home, it will provide you with more home
office options and of course involve a more generous budget.

Desk Organization

Once you obtain the perfect home office desk, you will be able to organize your necessities around it. What you can do is equip it with a desk organizer that will keep your stationery tidy and organized, and still prove irreplaceable when it comes to big files and folders. A great desk organizer will essentially substitute a bunch of oversized drawers, which is more than necessary in small spaces.

Organize your office desk
A small, narrow room space can be smartly utilized for an office

In order to minimize the clutter in your office, be sure to look into cord organizers that will make your life so much easier. They will collect all your cords at one place and keep them ordered, so you won’t have to waste time looking for them. You can even create these nifty little solutions on your own, personalize them and make them fun and professional.

Large office desk
Your home office desk can be both impressive and authoritative

Shelves and Cabinets

Probably the hardest part of organizing a home office is finding a solution for all the things you need on a daily basis – from folders and binders to boxes and books. Fitting a large number of items into a small space is tough, but not if you have a good plan and some shelving solutions at your disposal.

Home office shelves and cabinets
A well organized, soothing design for a home office with plenty of shelving space.

While many people think that cabinets and shelves are just too huge and impractical for a small home office, this could not be further from the truth. Having a proper wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling shelf will solve all your storage problems and prove to be quite enough for any type of an office. Furthermore, you can custom order it so that it fits your walls perfectly and, ultimately, repaint and redecorate it so that it reflects your personality and your attitude towards work.

Small home office space
Another example of how a small room can be made into an effective
and functional home office design.

Other Ideas and Solutions

Maximize your space

Of course, a home office is more than a suitable desk, small organizers and practical shelves, but these really are the essentials.

Some of the other ideas you can explore include the equipment you use in your work – the possibilities for setting up your computers, scanners and printers are virtually limitless – as well as the lighting and sitting solutions.

Again, what most people who work from their home rarely understand is that you have to spend a substantial amount of time in your home office, so make sure your chair is capable of enduring long hours and provides good ergonomic support for your back. If you manage to incorporate all of these in your home office design, you will certainly have a better working experience, produce better results and become a more successful employee – all in the comfort of your own home!

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Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys writing about home and family, pets and gardening.

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