We recently moved into a new home. While searching for this home Chris and I agreed that we didn’t want so large a home office as we’ve had in the past but a few points were still of necessity to our family. Here are some small and large changes that made our decision for the current home office we have (pictured above) a great fit.
- Have a favorite pen? Great! Buy 1 or 2 of them and get rid of the rest. You don’t need 10 pens, 4 hi-lighters, and 3 erasers. (I put our extras in the kids’ art supplies.)
- Do establish an inbox/outbox process for your paperwork and mail.
- Do you really use that stapler?
- I prefer not to face a door or window to avoid distractions and focus better. This layout in our home works best so that we are able to keep an eye on what our children are viewing online.
- Hide that laptop! When we’re not using the laptop, it can be stored in a drawer to keep the tabletop clear.
- Bypass a desk phone.
- Knick-knacks aren’t necessary. I have a fantastic piece of blown glass art Chris bought me and a few of my kids’ works of art that take center stage on our memo board and shelves, otherwise we keep the area free of the framed photos, wall hangings, and desktop toys that are common.
- Invest in a comfortable chair.
- Add lighting to the area that doesn’t cause your eyes to be strained as you write or use the computer.
- Don’t go for big. The bigger the space, the more can be gathered into it.
- Function counts. We own a printer/scanner but it’s tucked away under a cabinet since it’s not used often. It’s there if we need it but out of sight 99% of the time.
Which part of your home office makes it work well for you?