More and more of us work from home than ever before. Self-employment’s on the increase and employers have woken up to the advantages of remote working. So if you’re one of the nation’s army of homeworkers, you need a home office where you can work undisturbed.
When you think about creating your office, the first things that come to mind are a decent desk for your PC and phone along with a comfortable chair. You will also have to decide which spare bedroom, bit of the garage or unused space you’re going to convert. What you might fail to consider is something that’s just as important, if not more so: storage and organisation.
Organisation is key
The key to a successful home office is organisation. And organisation means good storage. If you don’t have adequate storage solutions you’ll run out of room pretty fast, as the paperwork can pile up easily. Legally, you have to keep certain correspondence and receipts for a minimum number of years and you’ll need somewhere to store them. Storage unit providers, such as Shelfstore, offer a host of products and solutions to help you create an organised home office.
Typically, you’ll need to store a mix of files, books and boxes packed with all sorts of different bits of paper, stationery, and maybe a few CDs and DVDs, of all weights and sizes so you need shelving that’s strong and sturdy as well as practical and attractive. Pine shelves with adjustable supports are a good option as they tick all the boxes. Available as shallow shelves which are perfect for books, plastic wallets and files and deeper ones which are better for boxes, baskets and containers. Don’t forget you can add a cross brace or backboard for extra strength and stability too.
Mix and match
Your shelving also needs to suit the space you work in. Offices come in all shapes and sizes and now, so does shelving. If you’re a bit cramped and need something not too tall, go for wide shelving or shelving with a stepped effect if you need it to go under stairs. Mix and match sizes if you need to, and don’t be afraid to have floor-to-ceiling shelving where the space allows.
How you use your shelving needs to be considered. Keep things you need to lay your hands on regularly close to your desk and stow your older paperwork on shelving units further away. Stick labels on files or on the shelves so you know where everything is. A simple option is to group similar items together or file alphabetically.
Nerve centre of the home
Your home office is the nerve centre of your house. It’s where you’ll spend the most time during the day and it needs treating with care as you won’t get much done if you’re always having to wade through piles of clutter and mountains of mess. Keeping on top of things and having an organised home office can make all the difference to how your business performs, so make sure yours is organised as best you can.