These days, what’s more important than a Man Cave or a She Shed? How about a Home Office Hideout?
With so many people working from home, people are in need of “a room of one’s own” where they won’t be interrupted during a critical negotiation or annual review – especially if those are conducted on Zoom.
If you’re looking to sell, here’s some ideas on how to “stage” a home office – or if you’re staying put, these tips can help you create the space that’s right for you:
1. Block Out Distractions
There are two important questions to ask when creating a home office: Will you actually work in this space? (Steer clear of bedrooms which our minds associate with rest.) And will there be few distractions? (Laundry hampers, kitchen sinks and anything else that might compete for your attention should be out of sight.) Choose a place for your home office that is comfortable year-round.
2. Make Room for Essentials
Be sure you have room for everything that is essential to the work that you do. If your work area is small, take advantage of vertical space by installing shelves above your desk or using tall bookcases. Opt for furniture that can serve double duty – an ottoman that opens for extra storage, for example. An all-in-one machine – with printer, copier, scanner, fax – can also be a great space-saver.
3. Natural Light and View
Good lighting is critical for any home office space. Choose a location with some natural light and a view if possible. Position your desk to face the windows or in a location where your computer screen will not be affected. Translucent window shades or blinds can help reduce any glare without darkening your room.
An overhead ceiling light will provide good general lighting. A pair of open-top floor lamps placed in the corners of your room will do the same. Include a desk light to provide shadow-free task lighting and extra light in the evenings.
No view? Position your desk to face the door or place a pleasing piece of artwork or an inspirational pin board above your desk. You need to give your eyes a rest and something to focus on when you look up from your work.
4. Clear the Clutter
Limit what you keep on your desk to the items you use most often. Decorative or sentimental objects are fine in a home office, but it’s usually best to place them on a shelf that’s out of the way.
5. Get Comfy
Never underestimate the importance of a good chair: Proper seating can mean the difference between productive work and an unproductive trip to your chiropractor! Ergonomic design doesn’t have to be expensive; shop around for a quality chair that suits your budget. And consider purchasing a seat cushion, like any of the Mellobe posture cushions created here in San Antonio, for extra padding.
Need some help? I’m here to help you every step of the way.
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Lots of storage and an oversized two-car garage with epoxy flooring. Exclusive gated back entry off Canyon Drive into complex ensures extra security. Only 2 families have owned this home! Walk to The Quarry with its numerous shops and restaurants. Quick and easy access to 281 and downtown. Olmos Basin Park is around the corner, filled with jogging, biking and hiking trails.