Stay-at-home parents who wish to work from home will need to organize a suitable and practical home office.
Working from home is an ideal option for many stay-at-home parents. It gives parents the flexibility to watch their kids, run the household and make some extra income all from the comfort of the home. Plus, a home office is the ideal spot to do the never-ending list of household paperwork.
A home office certainly is convenient. Here are some practical ideas to set up a workplace in the house.
Pick the Right Location at Home
The right location makes a big difference when it comes to productivity. Dont organize a home office in one particular room just because its the only spare room left. Check the other rooms to see if one of them is more appropriate. For instance, the guest room may have better lighting or is warmer factors that boost productivity. Consider swapping the guest room with the last spare room as the home office.
If the right location is a corner or a spot in the living area, try re-arranging the furniture to create the office space. Always pick the location that is the most likely to enhance productivity as the set-up zone for the home office.
Separate Home Office from the Home
The point of having a home office is to allow the user to feel that he or she is using a proper office while working there. That means there should be minimal interruptions. A room on its own is ideal as a home office because there are set boundaries a door and walls around it.
However, if the home office is a corner or part of a bigger room, then there should be some kind of barrier to establish the boundaries. For instance, a big show case, screen or curtain can be used to separate the home office from the rest of the home.
Choose Suitable Home Office Furniture
The most frequently used piece of home office furniture is undoubtedly the desk. The desk has many functions for writing, spreading out paperwork as well as putting the computer, telephone, printer and fax machine. It certainly has to be big enough to fit all these items. A good home office desk is the L-shaped desk. Also, consider using a pull-out keyboard tray. This not only makes writing more comfortable, it also saves space.
As well as the desk and obvious office iemms, you miay want to add a bed if you have the space. I like to sometimes catch a nap between jobs, and prefer not to leave the office as I would get distracted by 101 other things needing my attention in the home.In my opinion upholstered furnishings give that special touch, so I chose a blue pattern which works really well to give a contrast from the rather bland office furniture in the room.
Have Ample Storage in the Home Office
When organizing a home office, think also about how much storage or what kind of storage solutions are needed in there. If there are going to be lots of reference books taking up residence there, look for book cases or install bookshelves above the writing desk. Desk trays are useful to keep stationery and writing tools organized too. If working from home involving lots of paperwork, filing cabinets will be required. As a rule, buy more than half of what is currently needed to accommodate future growth.
Parents who work from home should organize their home office properly to work productively. When setting up a home office, try to pick the right location, separate the home office from the rest of the home, have ample storage and choose suitable home office furniture.