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Simple Tips for Fitting a Workspace into a Small Living Area

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.


Make 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.


Strategize every aspect.


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 space together.


Check your closets.


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 solutions.


Consider 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.


Find a 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!

Suzie Wilson

Happier Home

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Posted by Margaret Michelle Williamson on May 29th, 2020 2:39 PM


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