By: Alice Robertson
Moving is not just about transporting all your stuff safely from one house to the next — or at least it shouldn’t be. It should be about maximizing your new home’s potential to meet the needs of your family. Of course, that can be easier said than done. So, before you call the movers to load up your belongings, it’s important to think about how to best utilize the spaces in your new home – starting with a workspace.
No matter the size of your home, if you’re in need of a home office, it is possible to have one. Creating a home office doesn’t mean you have to have a lot of square footage or a designated room just for the office. The rules are simple: use the space you have and create a work area that inspires you. Below you will find some budget-friendly tips on how to create a workspace in your small home that inspires imagination and productivity.
Planning and Budgeting
Whether you’re looking to run a business from your home, occasionally work from home, or require an office to organize your life, you will want to design an office that fits your needs, your budget, and your home design. Start by putting together a game plan:
- Where is the best place in the home to set up an office that has limited distractions, allows for seating, and provides enough space that you don’t feel like sardines in a can?
- Can you reorganize the arrangement of your rooms or use a closet to fit an office?
- How much do you have to spend on creating a space?
- What do you need to do your work?
- What do you want?
- What inspires you?
As with any office, there are some essentials you’ll need to consider.
All offices can benefit from technology. You may want to add a desktop computer, a laptop, speakers, a printer, or an automated office assistant (Alexa or Google) to make your life easier. You can stock up on all the office equipment you need at stores like Best Buy, and a Best Buy coupon can help you bring these purchases in under budget.
You don’t need a lot of furniture, but for the office furniture you do get, make sure it’s quality. Investing in a good office chair can save you from backaches and the dread of sitting at your desk. The best offices have desks that meet all your needs. Consider desks where the legs double as filing cabinets or bookshelves. If you only need room for a laptop and/or are limited on space, consider installing a desk that folds up into the wall when not in use. Thrift stores, consignment shops, and discounted stores often have wonderful low-priced furniture options.
Clutter creates stress and can make work daunting. If you utilize file organizers, dry erase boards, chalkboard walls for notes, storage and drawer organizers, you will find your time at your desk more enjoyable and efficient. Try to build your space with multiple uses in mind.
The décor in your home doesn’t need to be radically different. It shouldn’t be the sole cold area in your home, but it should still be separate enough to keep you motivated to work. The home office should define you and be accessible. To create an inviting space, embrace natural light in your home/office (it’s free!) and bring in some color through beautiful plants. If you need a blank space, paint the area neutral tones; if you need to evoke energy, add fun colors to the walls.
A home office can be the perfect place for you to be creative, manage your household, and get work done. Design your office based on your needs, wants, limitations, and the aesthetic of your home. It should be an extension of your home and a place to feel inspired. Use what you have, invest in quality pieces that meet your needs, repurpose older items, aim to have multi-purposes for most pieces you bring in, save by using coupons, and make the space distinctly you.
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