How To Utilize Space In A Home Office

Written by Samantha Pointer

On August 20, 2013
This is a guest post by James Anderson who writes at SchoolLockers.com.

Home Office OrganizationStorage space can be hard to come by for those that spend significant amounts of time in a home office. If you’re someone that chooses to work from home, having a dedicated workspace is incredibly important. It not only allows you to focus on the task at hand, but also to keep your home life separate from your work life.

However, unlike most office environments, adequate space at home isn’t always in strong supply, and as time goes on, clutter in your home office begins to amass. Before you know it, your once sterling productivity is reduced to a series of distractions.

If you’re currently suffering a lapse in your work ethic, and are looking for ways to bolster efficiency once again, decluttering your home office is a great way to free up space and free your mind as well. By making some subtle adjustments, you can greatly increase leg room, overall storage space and even productivity.

Storage

Storage space is crucial in a home office setting. You may only have a limited amount of space, but there are certainly a limitless amount of storage techniques that can reduce clutter and stress. No matter how big your home office may be, lockers and filing cabinets are a must have for all those that need to free up a little space.

  • When assessing storage space, always think vertically rather than horizontally. If you store things overhead on shelves and in cabinets you can greatly increase desk and counter space.
  • Desk drawers are a breeding ground for clutter. Rather than letting them overflow, keep them organized. Use dividers to keep office supplies separated and designate certain drawers for specific things.
  • Don’t be afraid to get rid of excess stuff that you don’t immediately need.

Arrangement

How you arrange your home office can affect productivity in a variety of ways. You may not buy into the Feng Shui tradition, but organizing your office according to its principles can greatly improve your work ethic and workmanship. But, if you’re not into the Feng Shui thing, there are countless other tips and tricks on how to best maximize your available space.

  • Keep items that you frequently use readily available and within reach.
  • Lesser used items should be placed further away, but still grouped together and prioritized.
  • Items you use in conjunction with one another on a particular project, i.e. a stapler and a hole-punch, should be kept in the same place to save time and space.

Décor

Decor at times can be distracting when not utilized properly. However, if you’re the creative type, or just appreciate a good view, some additional flair is highly recommended in a home office. Whether it is paintings, posters or house plants, breathing a little life into your workspace can make you more productive and have a positive effect on your mood. .

  • When choosing décor, make sure it doesn’t distract you from the actual work you’re doing.
  • Pick a color and design scheme and stick with it so that your workspace stays consistent.
  • If you work alongside others, make sure your décor choices don’t hinder their productivity.
  • Use décor as a way to liven up the workplace and encourage more creative problem solving.

Storage space may not be overly abundant, but you don’t have to let a lack of room negatively affect workplace conditions and productivity. Instead of letting loose papers and items pile up, do your best to find a place for everything to go. Organization isn’t always easy, but when it comes to working from home, a little bit goes a long way.

If you’re one of the lucky few that isn’t confined to a traditional office, having the option to work from home is especially freeing. However, unlike most office environments, adequate space at home isn’t always in strong supply. Fortunately, by making some subtle adjustments, you can greatly increase leg room, overall storage space and even productivity.

 

James Anderson is a writer who blogs about home and workplace organization and management. When he isn't writing, he's a survivalist who enjoys the outdoors through hunting and camping. He currently writes for School Lockers, a provider of storage lockers.

photo credit: nkeppol via photopin cc

  • Dean Ashby says:

    I have found that the best way to work from home is having a place for everything and everything in its place. It’s not about being neat and having proper storage. It’s about having everything acimatised to just the way it needs to be when you need it.

  • Angela says:

    Good post.

  • Cindy says:

    Very helpful information and guidelines to make storage space in home office. We can definitely make the most of what we have in terms of the amount of the storage space that we have in our home office. Thanks for sharing this valuable guidelines.

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