According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 20 million people currently work from home at least once a week.
And thanks to computers, the Internet, and wireless technology, "homework" has become easier at a time when a struggling economy (not to mention a pandemic) has forced many people to spend more time there (at home, I mean).
Here are a few needed essentials:
A computer (with Internet or Intranet access)
A corner or closet that can be easily converted (OR a loft space, garage room, basement, spare bedroom, any spare room, or dining room)
A comfortable chair
A table or desk
Files or a file crate with wheels
Storage jars and trays or other similar items
Optional items: A shredder, paint, wallpaper, a curtain rod, and a portable bookshelf on wheels
1. Get A Room!-Many, if not most, newly-built homes now include an office.
But in older homes, the loft, basement, (or room within), a spare bedroom, a room over the garage, and of course, the dining area/breakfast nook can also be used for this purpose.
The kitchen, traditionally a home office standby, has fallen by the wayside (too much traffic, too noisy, too much food there, etc).
2. Short On Spare Rooms?-Look for any small unused spaces that can be fitted with shelves, cabinets, electrical power, and a chair.
For a closet office, remove the clothing rod(s), install shelves (many are already built-in or can be acquired by using portable ones), and if needed, a flip-down countertop.
3. The Closet Door Can Be Removed And Replaced By A Portable Bookshelf On Wheels (you can also acquire one that's connected to a ceiling track).
When you want to close your office, slide or move the bookshelf in front of it.
Other options include installing a curtain rod to hang a panel and of course, just leaving the closet "door" as is.
You can re-paint the closet's (or loft, etc.) interior walls and shelving or hang wallpaper to give your home office a distinctive look.
If you're considering converting your closet (or loft, basement, etc.), be sure there's a place for files, an adequate power supply, a lamp, and electrical outlets.
4. Trays And Jars Can Be Used To Hold Supplies.
Even old jewelry cases can be pressed into service!
You don't have to spend a lot on office essentials.
Basically, you'll need a desk, a comfortable chair, storage, pens/pencils/paper, and proper lighting.
5. Simple Colored Boxes-They're a good storage option, allowing you to tuck away.
You may also want to consider a file crate with wheels (holds letter and legal hanging files, is portable and inexpensive).
6. Make Maximum Use Of Vertical Space-Most people tend to automatically go horizontal, which uses a lot of space and can get junky.
Using vertical space gives an area a cleaner, neater, and less cluttered look.
Did You Know That.....
To help keep your home office humming along smoothly, go through and sort out your mail (online and paper) and filings ASAP.
For excessive paper mail (including junk), consider a shredder.
If it's not affordable, then YOU become the shredder!
According to interior decorator Jacqueline McGann, the color orange in the home office (it doesn't have to be totally orange walls; there can be accents, such as throw pillows, orange-colored pencils, one orange wall, or coffee mugs) brings inspired creativity and sharp concentration.
And according to Sarah Rossbach and Lin Yun, authors of Living Color: Master Lin Yun's Guide to Feng Shui and the Art of Color, a writer's home office or study can be in shades of green or white, with lots of accent colors (here's where the orange can come into play).