May 29th, 2020 2:39 PM by MARGARET MICHELLE WILLIAMSON
When it comes to working from home, having a
dedicated workspace is essential to success. This is especially the case if you
plan on doing it long-term, whether it’s at a part-time telecommuting or
full-time freelancing capacity.
The problem that many people run into,
however, is that they have limited space in their homes. While this presents
challenges, it’s possible to create a sufficient workspace that fosters
productivity—no matter how small the living space. If this describes your
situation, consider the tips below for fitting in a home workspace.
sure you have the money.
Before you start on your workspace, be certain
that you have the funds you need; otherwise, you might get halfway into your
project and realize that you can’t finish.
If you can’t make your office updates work
with your current budget, consider refinancing your mortgage, which could
provide you with the cash necessary for your home office project. Before you
dive into a refinance, make sure you have a clear understanding of what’s
involved. With a PennyMac refi, for example, your
existing mortgage is replaced with a new one, likely with better terms, and you
can receive the difference in cash to put toward home improvements.
When you’re planning out your workspace,
strategize it from the ground up. Try to visualize all the equipment that you will need to fit
into the space (e.g., desk, chair, pegboard, etc.), as well as what storage solutions you will need to
use. Think of how the natural light will flow in from the window. Consider the colors of the walls and the decor
you might add.
Taking these factors into account will help
you determine what location is best and what materials you will need for your
workspace, and it can help the process go more smoothly once you’re putting the
One of the best places to set up a home office
is in an unused (or underused) closet. This is because they are
usually the most compact areas and they allow for great privacy. Closets are
also the least intrusive on the surrounding living areas, and if there’s a
door, then you can easily hide your workspace when you’re not using it. Keep in
mind, however, that you may need to put a little extra thought into storage
the spare bedroom.
If you need more space than a closet or other
compact area can provide, and you have a spare bedroom, then going with it
might be your best bet. Like a closet, a bedroom can also give you much-needed
privacy so that you can minimize distractions and maximize productivity. Plus,
having more space where you can spread out is a perk.
corner or nook.
If you don’t have any closets or spare
bedrooms available, consider setting up your workspace in the corner or nook of a room—whether
it’s in the living room, your bedroom, the kitchen, or any other area where you
can spare a few feet of space during your work hours. This option might make it
more difficult to cut out distractions, but if you set boundaries with your
family/roommates, you can work out a solution.
Moreover, if you keep the setup simple, you
can just bring out your equipment and other essential items when you work and
put them away when you’re done.
Sure, you have limited space in your home, but
that doesn’t mean you can’t have an awesome work area. Remember to look over
your budget, and consider refinancing your home if you need funds for creating
your workspace. Be sure to strategize your workspace from the ground up before
you start creating it, and determine where in your home will best allow you to
focus and be productive. And of course, if you realize that your current home
is not going to work for you, talk to a great
realtor to find a home that does!
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