Your Corner of the Home: What to Do When a Home Office Is Out of the Question
I’ve written here before about ways to sort out your home office, but it is true that many people don’t have a spare room to convert to a study. In fact, the majority of homes don’t have rooms going spare here, there, and everywhere, so it’s important to know how you can integrate an office into your existing house without taking up too much space or clutter up the living areas of your home. These tips work for people who need to work from home often or occasionally, and also for those studying at home.
Choose an area that is reasonably quiet if you can. Obviously this isn’t always possible, and furthermore some people need a modicum of noise to be able to concentrate, but make sure you will be able to work in the space provided. It won’t do you any good to have an office corner in the living room if the sound of the television at night is both unavoidable and a dealbreaker in terms of your being able to get any work done. You’ll also want to be sure you’re close to a power socket if you need it. If you need a multitude of plugs, get a four-bar and put it on your work surface.
Many people are tempted to just work where they can and keep their supplies all over the house or in inappropriate areas. However, having a dedicated desk and a dedicated storage space will make it far easier for you to both get into the mindset to get to work and keep everything straight. A bureau is the ideal solution, allowing you to keep your work supplies in the drawers or shelves and also giving you the desk space you need to work on. You can find some nice ones at Ikea that allow you to maximise the space you have available to you.
Having a simple overview of your workload can help amazingly much. Get a page-a-day diary and leave it open on your desk on today at all times. If you fit work around your daily life you can walk past and see what you have on at a glance, which allows you to schedule accordingly.
It’s a shame when you don’t have a dedicated room for your office, but by no means does it mean your work has to suffer. Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to enjoy work and integrate it fully with your daily life despite a shortage in rooms.