Q: How Can You Utilize Your Home Space for Work?
Here’s how you can better utilize your space if you’re working from home.
The world around us has changed so much this year, and many people have found themselves spending much more time at home than usual. Since so many people are working from home, the need for a home office has skyrocketed. In light of this, today I’ll share a few choice tips about how to make better use of your existing space.
The house we currently live in used to have a piano room, but after we bought it and cleared out that room, we immediately turned it into an office space. Some homes, however, are a bit more challenging. We used to live in a house that just had bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. When I needed a home office there, we ended up cleaning out a storage closet in the back of the garage, putting down carpet squares, and utilizing the space as an office until the summertime (when it got a bit too hot).
Don’t discount using a particular space as an office just because it seems out of the way. Also, if you decide to sell the home, be sure to showcase the area you’ve turned into an office so that buyers are aware of what they can use should they need an office space themselves.
Try to keep your work time strictly for work, and don’t mix it with personal time.
Another tip to help you work from home: buy headphones. When you’re at home, it’s easy to get distracted by all the surrounding noises from the neighborhood, laundry, kids, etc. Noise-canceling headphones can be a great way to help you shut out all the environmental distractions and focus on your work. Speaking of distractions, stay away from personal projects while you’re working. Try to keep your work time strictly for work, and don’t mix it with personal time.
I’d love to hear what you’re doing to help yourself work from home, so feel free to reach out to us and share what tips have helped you. And as always, if you have any questions about home offices or real estate in general, we’re here for you.