Nowadays with many changing professions, there has been a growing trend of working from home, whether it’s for male or female member, hardly matters. Most of these professionals are related to either information technology or some are chartered accountants, lawyers or even writers.
In most families, the home office plays a wide variety of roles. If you work from home, it is your 9-to-5 place of business; for others, it’s a place to write a letter, go through mail on computers or store important documents. For kids, it’s a homework spot, or maybe the place to play hours and hours of computer games. It can be a library, a sitting room or just a quiet place for taking blissful naps, shhhh….don’t tell anyone!!!! If space is limited, it can be paired with a guest room or added into the nook of any bedroom, living room or kitchen. There are many options, so determine what’s best for your requirement.
If you’re planning on renovating and redecorating your office space at home, storage is your number one priority. With so many papers, books and office supplies to store, be sure to accommodate it all with shelves, drawers, and cabinets. Once you have that under control, find a desk that’s stocked with everything you need: plenty of surface space, deep drawers and a high-quality material. Finally, take the time to personalize your room with plenty of photographs of yourself, your kids, spouse etc. and interesting items which keeps you going.
How do I add storage to my Home Office?
Office space organization is key, especially with all the bills, mail and statements you receive and keep throughout the year. The best way to store your papers is by investing in a nice filing cabinet. A rolling file cabinet can help with convenience, or splurge on a more permanent, lockable one if you have a lot of sensitive documents. There are so many options available in the market offline or online where you may get to see the cabinets which are available in wood as well as steel.
Try to be meticulous in labelling and colour coding so that everything is easy to find. With shelves and cabinets, built-ins are your best options. Built-in shelves are an elegant way to store your vast book collection, while drawers with tray organizers keep track of staples like pens, pencils, highlighters, tape and calculators.
How about the Office Desk ..?
While selecting your desk (or desks, for a large family space), be sure to consider its overall function. If you work from home, pick an oversized, sturdy desk that can contain all your work documents in one space. It should look professional (think a dark wood professor’s desk) and be double sided so you can hold meetings. To prevent any work/home mix-ups, have a separate desk for the rest of the family to use, and ensure your workspace is off limits. If your kids use the room as a homework spot, try a two-person desk or even an extended built-in counter where several can sit at one time. If you primarily use the space for odds and ends, a smaller, fashionable side desk might be a good addition, as long as you have additional storage options.
How do I Decorate my Home Office?
Traditionally, an office is formal and laden with woodwork, but that doesn’t mean you can’t branch out on your decor. Globes, maps and clocks are always go-to decorations, as are table lamps and vases. Well it’s more appropriate that the decoration depends on the type of profession you are in. If you are a lawyer then something related to your profession would make more appropriate. But to add a personalized touch, bring in framed family photographs and little travel souvenirs you’ve picked up along the way. For those must-have accessories, like pencil cups, paper trays and magazine holders, try to find bright, vibrant patterns to add a touch of color. Keep track of key tasks with a bulletin board, chalkboard or white board; they’re great for reminders and can also be used to hang funky pictures or cool drawings.