Why The Home Office Is Always Messy

Why The Home Office Is Always Messy

If you work from home, you’re probably familiar with the concept of home office, a.k.a. the process of creating a work-dedicated space within your home.

Home offices can be hugely inspiring rooms. In fact, for anyone who follows influential freelancers or home-based professionals on social media platforms, you’ve probably already come across  shots of their desks at home. The current trends focus on showing a mug of steaming brew with a laptop and an open window in the background, along with the hashtags #FreelancerLifestyle, #Freelancing, #MyHomeOffice, and so on. Are these staged? I hope so because my home office space is often messy! Organised chaos as I like to call it. If your home office is always messy too, this might help…

When You Eat & Drink at Your Desl

There’s nothing that is more appealing than a large cup of coffee or tea – depending on your poison – on your desk. Not only does it bring immediate comfort – especially in winter when your hands are cold –, but it also helps your brain to wake up. Drinking at your desk is a potentially harmful habit that can lead to taking your lunch breaks in front of your laptop too. In the end, you’re likely to find stains of cold coffee and salad sauce all over the carpet, turning your home office into a large leftovers collection. If you don’t have time to take regular breaks to drink and eat in the kitchen, you should at least consider practical flooring solutions such as carrcrete.co.uk. Micro-concrete floors are both attractive and easy to maintain, making sure your lunch stains will be soon forgotten. 

As well as leftovers and wrappers not being great for productivity taking a break to eat and drink somewhere else encourages you to get up and move which is a healthy happy in itself.

 

You Didn’t Plan Your Home Office Storage

Is your desk drowning under piles of documents, books and electronic gadgets? Take a deep breath. You have too much stuff, and that distracts you from your work. Here’s one magical word for you: storage. Indeed, you need a little bit more than a desk and a chair to make your home office work for you. You need to invest in dedicated storage solutions, from sideboards to filing cabinets. You can’t afford to lose invoices and precious documents in the mess. Thankfully, you often don’t need more than a quick trip to your local IKEA or similar to get yourself sorted. Drawer-dividers can be a life-saver to keep small items and stationery, while you can use their fitted shelf boxes for everything else.

Your Home Office is Your Home Office

A common mistake, for new freelancers, is to believe they can work from anywhere at home. I made the same mistake way back when. The truth is that you can’t be quite as productive on the corner of the kitchen table or the sofa in front of the TV. If you want to work, you need a space that is entirely dedicated to your professional career. This will avoid confusion and distractions. Additionally, you should keep your home office decor focused on its core purpose. It’s not a good idea to bring disruptive elements such as a TV – unless you need it in your job, see apartmenttherapy.com (I love this site!) for more about it – into the room. A productive office doesn’t pursue more than one function.

Is it Messy Because You Don’t Use it?

If you’re one of those independent professionals who love working from coffee shops – there’s nothing wrong about that, Harry Potter was written in a coffee shop after all. You might end up using your home office as a storage room. It’s the place where you keep your laptop and other equipment, paperwork and more when you don’t need them. I remote work a lot and used my desk as a dumping ground between working sessions. It took forming new habits to stop using the office as a glorified storage locker.

Is Your Home Office Messy Because You Don’t Like it?

You can’t help it. The room feels cold and unappealing. You dread every morning when you have to get in and start working. The walls are blank. The desk is old and shabby. Even the chair is uncomfortable. In a word, you hate your home office and don’t look after it. Here’s some advice for you: you’re in charge; change the decor. There’s plenty of fun and inspiring styles around – quick research on pinterest.co.uk is a  great way to start. Pick something you like and make it happen.  This is very good advice and can be done on a tight budget.

Your home office is a vital element of your success as an independent worker. If you don’t make it work for you, what is the point of having one?

 

Home Office Space Organisation

Home Office Space Organisation

I have been a freelance copywriter for over twelve years now and while running your own business is wonderful and flexible and offers you a lot of freedom, it does come with a lot of stuff! By stuff I’m talking bank records, invoices, receipts, books and magazine, your printer and so much more. Home office space organisation has never been so important to me and I’ve finally managed to get the balance right, halfway between functional and attractive. Similarly, home office design is also important for those using the space for personal finances, studying and more. Here are some top tips to help you with your home office space organisation.

Storage Needs

There are various types of storage required when it comes to your home office. You do of course need to be able to store items safely and securely but also need to be able to access everything easily. An organised system that works well for your space is essential, as is storage that is both fit for purpose and has room for future needs. It’s great to be able to store all of your home office items perfectly but remember that there is more than likely more paper and more items likely to come into the office, despite the fact that we are all trying to go paperless where we can.

Sideboards

The first item of furniture I always bought when it came to home office storage organisation was a bookcase (or two). I liked the flexibility that bookcases offer and to be honest still do. The problem with open storage such as this is that it is hardly aesthetically pleasing! An attractive sideboard offers contained storage for a multitude of home office items and keeps everything hidden away. This is particularly important if you have converted part of another room, i.e. your bedroom, into a home office area. In addition to enclosed storage, a sideboard also allows for creative use on the top, either for a monitor, plants, picture frames or anything else.

Filing Cabinets

Filing cabinets are a must when it comes to home office storage organisation. To ensure your information and client information is safe and secure, ensure that your filing cabinet is lockable. A filing cabinet can come in all shapes and sizes, not just the easily battered grey metal variety, allowing it to blend in brilliantly with your other furniture.

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Go High

Use attractive shelving options in order to store items up high, maximising your home office space organisation efforts and adding an additional design aspect. Floating shelves offer flexible shelving however do be aware of the maximum weight limit shelves like these can comfortably hold.

Home Office Space Organisation: In Summary

Being organised, having systems in places, streamlined processes and excellent storage are all essential whether you own a business, work from home or use a home office to keep on top of home admin, paying bills and so on. While effective storage is a must, don’t automatically choose functional and boring when you have the option to choose practical and attractive. This adds to the overall feel of your home and no doubt helps to boost your productivity and sense of wellbeing.

 

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