In a society filled with jam-packed schedules, it is important to optimize your home to make a work-friendly space.
Not sure where to start? We have five easy to follow steps to help you create the perfect home office space!
• Clean Out Your Clutter
A home office can often turn into a storage unit for all of your home’s miscellaneous items. The first step in creating a functional workspace is cleaning out the clutter!
Toni Hammersley, author of The Complete Book of Home Organization, suggests that you begin creating the perfect office space by clearing out the clutter. Her system – gather six large bins and label them: shred, file, trash, donate, keep, and other room.
Sort through all of your paperwork, adding them to the appropriate bin: shred, file, or trash.
Next, sort through all items that will be added to the “other rooms,” “keep,” and “donate” bins. Once you complete this important step, all of your items should be sorted.
Be sure that you give everything a thorough cleaning – wipe down everything, sweep, vacuum, and dust!
• Designate Your Workspace
Now that you have a clean space to work with, it is time to designate your workplace.
Whether it be a kitchen nook or the guest bedroom, pick one area of your home to be “work-friendly.” Some homeowners like to work from the comfort of their bedroom while others prefer to work in a quiet, secluded space.
Wanting a space of your own? Here at Regent Homes, we offer a number of plans that include an office or flex room. Many of our homeowners also choose to use their formal dining room as an office, for added space!
Our Rose Hill floor plan, in the Sherwood Green Estates community, offers a spacious study accented with a large window to allow for natural light, and a coffered ceiling for a touch of elegance. It’s located right off the foyer and offers beautiful French doors for added privacy.
Located just off the breakfast room, our Daphne model in the Sherwood Green Estates community offers a flex room perfect for families looking for a multi-purpose space with a more open feel.
Our Berry Farms community also offers two models, the Lorain and the Brennan, for those looking for a townhome with a flex room that can be used as an office. The flex room is located on the first level and ideal for those looking for a separation between office space and living space.
• Find pieces that work
No room is complete without the proper furniture to compliment the space, style, and home.
For smaller spaces like a bedroom or kitchen, choose a functional piece to accommodate your files, technology, and organizational needs. One of our favorite pieces is the Graham Secretary with Smart Technology from Pottery Barn. This piece also works great in an extra bedroom, where decorations and personal items can be kept to a minimum when guests use the room.
A small corner desk also works great for limited space! Add a few floating shelves or wall racks in the kitchen or an unused corner of the home to minimize the footprint.
For larger offices or flex spaces, pick pieces that work with your needs and accent your office. Choose a style, wood, and finish that suits you best. Many companies even offer complimentary consultations to assist you in selecting the best option for your home.
Organization is key when working from home. To make your space work, consider adding a few key items: storage bins, drawer organizers, and a mail station. We love this fun metal mailbox from Magnolia for outgoing office mail.
Using your formal dining room as an office space? Be sure to utilize items that keep your office organized and clutter-free. Ikea offers a number of low-cost, simplistic storage bins that look great on a bookshelf or stacked on wall shelves.
Finally, after all of the furniture is in place, and everything has a home, finish off your room with a few personal touches.
Add a few family photos in coordinating frames to create a gallery wall. You may also choose creative ways to arrange and display awards and plaques.
No two offices are the same. Find a style that works best for you –traditional, modern, bright, neutral – anything goes in your office space.
Get to work to create your best office space yet!