Working from home is not easy to begin with: figuring out how to be the most productive, how to have virtual meetings, all while keeping yourself from the ever looming refrigerator. Now we are not only having to learn how we best work from home, but also adjust to the work schedules of everyone around us. Learning to live with weird work habits, crazy meeting schedules, and people eating your coveted leftovers is not an easy feat. One way to make this adjustment a little less stressful is to set yourself up for success with a great flexible work space.
I have worked remotely from home for over 2 years now so I have learned a few things about having a home office. The one thing that makes the biggest difference is a separate work space. I am a firm believer that I am more productive and happier when I have different spaces of my home assigned to different things. For instance, my husband and I used to use our very small kitchen counter as a catch all for mail, packages, my purse, or anything else that came with us from the car. Unfortunately this meant that every time we wanted to cook, we had to clear off the counter. So as you might have expected, we cooked less, ate out more, spent more money, and gained more weight. This ripple effect can happen all over the home.
Most likely you have had to create a makeshift home office because no one really had time to plan for everyone in the country working from home all at once. This does not mean you cannot still create a designated work space to maximize productivity and sanity. If you don’t already have a home office room, turning a spare room into a flex office is your best option. These are rooms that are used for single use activities and can be converted with a little work and creativity. Here are a few ways you can transform the existing spaces of your house into flex offices:
1. Convert a guest room or other one use room into a temporary office space.
A guest room is a great place to start. Disassemble the bed taking up all that space and move it to an attic, wrap it up and store it in the garage, or even just lean it up against the wall. Purchase an inexpensive desk or even a folding table online, bring in an extra dining chair and boom: home office. The goal here is to create a space that is clutter free and distraction free. Even if you can’t move everything out, make sure your work space is just for your work. This can also be accomplished with other rooms that are only used occasionally.
2. Use a portion of a shared space as a temporary office space.
Again, it is all about creating a designated space. Rearrange your living room so that there is a space off by itself where you can put a desk. Up against a wall or window is ideal so that you are not distracted by the other things happening in the room behind you. Stay away from working at the dining table if at all possible. Working somewhere that is already a designated space invites so many distractions and potential food spills on your laptop.
3. Work with Transparent Interiors to create a custom office for your space!
Looking for a more personalized solution or office upgrade? I would love to help you create a space where you can have personal time and increase your productivity! Check out my office design package here or schedule a free design consultation to talk about your project.