Working from home is becoming increasingly popular with many of us trying to escape exhausting commutes whilst balancing family and work lives. Setting up a home office seems like a dream but you need to get it organised to keep the right distance between what is work and what is personal. What ideas do you have for brightening your work space and what sort of budget do you have in mind? Here are top tips for getting that first home office working well for you and your family.
We don’t all have huge houses but ideally if you have a room that can just be used as an office, that is perfect. If not, look proactively at your home and work out what space can be allocated to your work. I once worked on a large landing effectively. Box rooms can be perfect too. If all else fails, perhaps you can screen off an area of your lounge purely for your office equipment. If you will have clients visiting you, you probably don’t want them seeing every area of your house so perhaps put your office near an external door.
Set a firm budget
As with any aspect of interior design, it is easy to get carried away and spend too much. So before you start browsing the Internet or visiting stores, work out how much you can spend. You will probably need a desk, computer, printer and telephone. Remember you can find office furniture in charity shops and via sites like Freegle. You do not have to spend a fortune.
Let there be light
Ensure your home office has plenty of natural light. It helps you see things but also enhances your mood. Again, check out lighting available in good charity furniture stores to save on direct lighting costs. Depending on the type of work you do, you may need specific areas where the lighting in particularly strong.
Establish Office Hours
Flexible working is why you have chosen a home office but you still need to have a degree of structure. Arrange blocks of time for specific working tasks. Let your clients know when you are available to communicate with them. Office hours are vital too so that your family members know when they can and cannot expect you to jump up to make a meal or to play with them.
The personal touch
You are an individual and the lovely thing about a home office is that you can inject your personality into it with abandon. You get to choose a colour scheme that means you are surrounded by your favourite shades. You can have photographs of family, friends or pets. Check out charity shops and flea markets for quirky artwork that reflects your interests. Don’t forget plants can enhance a working space too.
What would you like to have in your home office?