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Making The Most Out Of Your Small Home Office
Your home office is a sacred space. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t little obstacles you will face when you work from your small home office or within your apartment. However, you can better utilize the real estate you have with the right methods. Here are some tips to make a small workspace work for you:
The Right Spot
Start by finding a room that is sequestered off from the rest of the house. You need a space that is in your control — a room that your family or housemates won’t go into. Once you’ve determined where you can work, measure the length and width of the room and create a plan of where you can place your desk, chair, and any other furniture.
If you live in an apartment, make sure you choose a complex that has a work-friendly layout. Many large metropolises, like Los Angeles and New York, are full of small apartments for rent that offer an opportunity for you to be creative with the space. Find a corner or a section of the room where you can set up your office. Take into account where the power outlets are, your seating arrangement and the potential visual distractions that you may encounter. For example, if you live on a busy street with a view of pedestrian traffic, don’t set up your workspace by the window.
Organizing Your Home Office
Create a designated box or bin for any technology accessories you use. In the box, store your chargers, USB drives, external hard drives and any other small tech tools. Label your cords with a one-inch piece of masking tape folded around the cords so they don’t become an indiscernible jumble. If you typically have a lot of paperwork, invest in a filing cabinet that organizes and protects your important documents. The more organized you are, the less time you will waste sorting through jumbled paperwork.
Your home office should be adequately outfitted with furniture and decor that you enjoy. The more comfortable your office is, the more time you will spend working in it. Choose a desk that is comfortable and meets your physical needs. Standing desks are a trend that help many workers remain productive and prevent pain from long hours in a chair. An adjustable desk is a great option that helps you stay comfortable and focused throughout your workday.
The room should also be equipped with good lighting sources, too. Lack of lighting causes eyestrain and makes you more susceptible to fatigue. Set up table or standing lamps around the room, so the light illuminates your work and keeps you energized.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.