Working from home is challenging even when you have things set up perfectly. When you have a limited amount of space, then the challenges are even greater. There are problems with productivity, and distractions are very common.
When your space is limited, you end up with a home office that is not ideal for the work that needs to get done. The idea is that working from home needs to be as effective and efficient as it would be if you were in an office setting.
If you can’t do that, then your home office is to blame. If you have limited space, then it is really important to get things right. In this article, we will go over how to set up the perfect home office even when space is limited.
Go To Ikea First
The designers at Ikea are some of the best at maximizing space for home and office. Before you buy anything or start setting thighs up, head over to one of their stores, they have many showrooms set up that will give you some great ideas about how to organize a small office.
Not only do they have all the right products, but you will see how they use them in the most efficient and effective way possible. Once you see the showroom that best represents the space that you have, you will see how the furniture and other products are to be used the best way.
Some of the furniture you are thinking about buying may be full-sized, but the way to be able to use them in small spaces is to utilize the rest of the space available in the best way. For instance, standing desks are very popular these days, and you can read what I think of Ikea standing desks here. It’s very important when you have a big desk like those to supplement the space with space-saving products like shelves and containers.
Then when you have some ideas, you can go back to your home and lay things out. Once you see what the possibilities are, you’ll have a better idea of what kind of furniture will work best and what the storage solutions are that they have for you.
Use Smaller Devices
You may find out that you need a much smaller desk than you had been planning on and think this is going to be a problem. However, you can always use smaller devices and save space that way, so the size of your desk won’t matter much. Using a laptop instead of a full-sized PC will allow you to use a small desk and not feel like you are missing space.
The same can go for a scanner and printer as well. There are portable versions that are designed to fit into a backpack that you can use instead of a large office-sized version. For most of the jobs you need to do at a home office, this option is usually plenty big enough.
Get Yourself Organized
Before you go buy anything, you should definitely come up with a system in which everything is organized and labeled. Everything that you need to get your work done should have its own special place. The first step is to categorize everything so that you can decide on a place for them.
Make a list of everything that you need, and then label each of the items according to what category it fits within. If it is something that you’ll need access to every day, then this is a useful category so you can put it where you will have it close at hand all the time.
File cabinets take up a lot of space. When they get full, then you need another one, and this takes up even more space on top of it. The best thing to do is to get rid of the papers that you have by making digital copies of everything and then making sure to only accept digital documents going forward.
Since so many documents don’t need to be hard copies these days, you can make sure to never need to store paper going forward. Even documents that need signatures can be signed digitally, eliminating the need to deal with paper. Scan everything you have and then store them in the cloud. You can then shred the documents.