If you are one of the millions of people who works from home you may find that organising it to suit your needs can sometimes be a challenge. Some may have a room dedicated to home working, while others may only have a corner of a room to work from. Either way the key is to create an environment that allows you work comfortably and remain motivated. Whether you’re thinking about working from home or whether you already do so, but need to sort out your space, there’s no time like the present, especially as ‘Organise Your Home Office’ day is on 14th March!
Consider what you need to work effectively. Do you just need a computer and a printer and somewhere to file paperwork away? Or do you need extra surface space, for example somewhere, if you are a designer or architect, to lay out designs or plans? Or, if your business has grown, perhaps you need extra storage space? Then consider how you might need to position the various items to create the best work flow.
Once you have an idea of what you need, how you need to lay things out and how much space you have available, you can then work out the furniture you need to accommodate your requirements. A desk and a shelving unit or bookcase might be enough to start with, but if you’re adding to your existing furniture do you have a modular system of shelving or cabinets that allows you to add to it easily? Whatever storage solution you choose make sure you have enough to cope with your initial needs as well as allowing some extra space for the future.
Even in today’s digital age, we still have a need to store business paperwork and other materials. Keeping the amount of paperwork generated under control can be a challenge, so creating a filing system that works for you is key. Try to set aside time on a regular basis to file stuff away so that you can maintain a clutter-free workspace as too much clutter can be a distraction.
Given the amount of time you spend in your home office, it’s only right that you add your own personal style to your environment so that you can feel completely comfortable. Incorporating lighting, books, plants and pictures into your design scheme allows you to create the right ambiance for you to work well and these can be both functional items and favourite items that you enjoy having around you.
If you are looking for more inspiration and ideas on how you can re-organise your home office why not take a look at our blog – you’ll find plenty of topics of interest. If you are planning to use any Shelfstore products we would love to hear from you and so please tweet us @Shelfstore and we would be happy to offer any practical advice you may need.
For more information about Shelfstore’s flexible and multipurpose system of shelving, doors, drawers and desks or for help planning and designing your new storage solution, please visit us at www.shelfstore.co.uk.