Whether you live in a studio apartment or an expansive mansion, it’s important to make the most of the space you have. Anyone who purchases a StreetSide home will have plenty of space to work with, but you need to organize things to fit your lifestyle. This is especially true in your home office, where excess clutter and disorganization can have a negative impact on your work. Use our tips to maximize the space in your home office.
Finding Your Office Space
Home offices might seem like a luxury but you can find home office space in many of StreetSide’s affordable floor plan options. For instance the Rosewood18.o offers spacious townhome living and has an optional built-in desk in the living room area. This works well for those who just need a small place to put a laptop for the occasional work-from-home days.
Alternatively, the Birch model at Origins in Cranston is a two bedroom condo design perfect for young professionals. You can use the second bedroom as a home-office or there is a perfect location in the living area for a desk.
If having a home office is high on your priority list, be sure to talk to an Area Manager about the options that would work best for you.
Choosing the Right Desk
Speaking of desks, it's important to find one that matches your needs. An accountant or lawyer may need to file a variety of documents, so a traditional desk with deep drawers on either side might be a good choice. L-shaped desks work well for people who need a space for a computer and space to spread out paperwork. A writer may prefer something more clean and simple.
If you spend a lot of time at your desk, consider getting an adjustable version you can use sitting or standing. This change can stop you from feeling too sedentary.
Your desk – and any other items you need in the room – should properly fit the space. You don’t want the room to feel crowded. If you need a lot of shelving in the room, you may need to choose smaller furniture. If you plan on putting the desk in a “floating” position – in the centre of the room, away from the walls – you have to be sure there’s enough space around the sides to walk around.
One of the best ways to plan the balance of your home office before you buy furniture is to draw the layout of the room on graphing paper, then move scaled paper versions of the furniture you want around until you find the right layout.
Getting Rid of Clutter
The key to making any space look great is to avoid clutter. Home offices are magnets for books, papers, bills, writing utensils and a variety of other things.
Start by separating clutter into piles. Throw away the stuff you don’t need. Find “homes” for all of the other things, making sure the items you use often are close at hand. Small baskets, file folders and other containers will be a big help and be sure to dedicate a small amount of time to regularly put things in their proper place.
Using Your Vertical Space
The space on your walls can be used for more than hanging artwork. Floating shelves can give you additional storage space while maintaining a classy look with a minimal footprint. Bookshelves that reach the ceiling also make use of vertical storage space.
You can also get a bit more creative. Hanging a planning board, for example, gives you an easy look at where you stand on your current project and what you need to do in the upcoming week. A hanging organizer can give you a space for office supplies without using up the valuable real estate on your desk. If there’s something you need in your home office, think of ways you can use the wall to accomplish your goals.
Don’t rely on the overhead light to provide all the lighting you need. Consider a desk lamp or a tall standing lamp in the corner. Creative types might even enjoy fun elements like strings of lights or hanging lanterns to get the inspiration flowing. Don’t be afraid to experiment as you may surprise yourself by increasing productivity.
A well-designed home office is within your reach. By carefully considering your needs and planning the office design around them, you’ll have a delightful space for work.