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.

 

Something Special Upstairs

As most of you will already know, I work from home full-time. Our three-bed house is beautiful, it is old, it is big and yet I really could do with a much better space for my home office. Somewhere bright, airy, with lots of natural light and somewhere that no-one else uses, visits or invades with their stuff. Our house is a terraced house and a very good sized one however what our property lacks that many down the terrace don’t is a converted space up top with special roof windows to let in enough light/air.

I need lots of natural light to work.

My dream is to renovate the attic (currently, we have a big skylight high up in the landing which shows the potential light and space-wise but offers neither. In an ideal world, we would most definitely build up!

My interior design (dream) plan of action would be to:

  • Open the space up with stairs or a groovy (sturdy) ladder solution that could be pulled up or a door that could be closed off so that I really could close myself off to the world.
  • I would install Solstro roof windows for light/shade, air and warmth (I had an attic room growing up which was fab but tended to veer between baking hot or blooming freezing and so having great windows is a must).
  • I would decorate in grey and white and yellow (touches of grey) and it would be all for me.
  • Despite it being chic and new and shiny I would have soft furnishings up there to soften things up and a sofa that I could curl up on and read (when not working).
  • I’d love an old desk, something vintage.
  • I would find oxygen boosting plants that I won’t kill (I kill all our plants).
  • I’d love a chair like this one from Pinterest! It says a lot that I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to my fantasy new office…..

Basically, I want to build my own den-house!

Now all I need to do is save many thousands of pounds, educate myself on converting attic spaces and all the regulations and planning permissions that go with them, save some more money and then spend blissful days buying preloved furnishings and making it my own.

In the meantime, (back in the real world), it’s back to Pinterest for me to research more attic conversion designs and furnishings!

 

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