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February 26th, 2018   Category: Organizing -

Working from home isn’t easy. You have to be motivated and disciplined enough to avoid all of the distractions around you. That can be difficult at times, especially if you don’t have a dedicated home office or workspace that meets all of your needs. Don’t try working from the couch—you’ll just end up watching TV or taking a nap. Instead, follow these six steps to creating an effective work area at home.

1. What Are Your Workspace Needs?

Before you can decide on what your workspace should consist of, think about what you’ll be doing there. If you’re going to be sketching designs, for example, your table needs are going to be different than if you’re writing.

This will also impact what type of storage solutions you need, what materials you’ll want to have close to your desk, and other factors. Once you have these needs written down, you can use them to make a shopping list of what equipment, furniture, and office supplies you’ll need to really get things done from home.

2. Create a Dedicated Work Area

You need to pick a room or area in your home that’s your home office. Otherwise, you’re likely to get distracted by clutter or other home tasks. This also helps put you in a better place mentally. When you’re in your home office, you know you’re there to work.

Where should your designated workspace be? It depends on you. Do you need a space that’s completely private? Would you get distracted if you worked in a space with large windows? Would it be convenient if your home office had its own bathroom?

Determine the things that are likely to distract you or derail your workflow, then pick a space to work that has as few of these distractions as possible. Don’t forget to make it comfortable, too. You’re more likely to want to work in a space you enjoy, so don’t put your home office in a dark, dank basement.

3. Be Creative

You might not have an extra room in your home that can serve as a home office. You might not even have a space to put in a new desk. That’s okay. You can find something that you can use as a work area. Maybe you have a small coffee table you can set aside, or perhaps you could use your breakfast nook or even a corner of the living room.

You can even create a mobile office using rolling carts. You can roll these storage solutions out of the way when you’re not working, creating a space that does double duty.

4. Have a Work Storage Area

While a good amount of work is now done electronically, you’re still going to have some paperwork to deal with. Tax returns, receipts, important letters, bills, and other paperwork will accumulate over time. You need to have a good filing system in place to keep this paperwork from getting disorganized and from taking up unnecessary space.

If you have space, bring in some filing boxes or baskets to help you keep things organized. A desktop sorter can keep the paperwork you need on a regular basis safe and contained, making it easier to find.

Climate-controlled storage can handle the items you do not use on a regular basis. Choose a facility that is close to home and accessible 24-hours a day.

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5. Comfort Is Important

As mentioned earlier, your workspace needs to be comfortable. You need to love being there.

This is more than just making sure you have an ergonomic chair. If you enjoy the area you’re in, it will motivate you to get in there and do more work. Look at the lighting, the paint colors, the height of your desk… everything is important.

There are a few things you can do to make your work area more inviting. Add plants, decorate the walls with your favorite art, add speakers to play your favorite music, or get a small fan or heater to make the temperature more to your liking.

6. Be Organized

Working in a cluttered area can be stressful, plus it’s easy to lose things. Keep your workspace organized and dedicated to work – there’s no need for a lot of photos or little knickknacks since you’re working from home.

Your desk space should be used for things you need on a daily basis—your calendar, some pens, a stapler, and other supplies you often need. Use shelves to display decorations so your desk is clear.

It also helps to have a space dedicated to holding paperwork until you can file it and a box that holds all of your extra cables, memory cards, and other technology. Keep it all tucked out of the way until you need it so that it doesn’t get in your way.

Home workspaces can be small, if you need to store away files or other items you do not use all the time, we can help. Give us a call (662) 840-5300 or schedule a visit to check out our storage facilities in Tupelo.


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