Choosing the Best Location for Your Home Office
The first thing you need to do is consider your living space and pick the ideal location. The ideal location will be somewhere that is separated or can be separated from your living, sleeping, and eating spaces and has adequate light and space at least for a computer desk, chair, and book shelf. You may also want to leave space for a filing cabinet, reading chair, or television stand depending on your work.
If you are having trouble locating a space in your home that would be suitable, consider reworking space that is currently misused or not maximized: a spare bedroom, a basement, a formal parlor that is rarely used, the kid’s old play room, the attic. Do you have a shed in your yard that is filled with junk? Consider cleaning it out and using it as your home office.
Whenever possible, you also want to make sure you separate your living space from your work space so you can leave it at the end of the day. Just as you find release from stress when you walk in the door from your office job, you want to have the same kind of feeling when you leave your home work space as well.
Consider the space as it is now: is there anything you need to change about it before you begin furnishing? Think about what colors make you feel relaxed, motivated, and powerful. These are the colors you should surround yourself with in the home office space. Don’t be afraid to paint the space, add a new carpet, or fix up the wood work. You will be expected to be professional in this room, and you want it to reflect your commitment to quality. Perfom all maintenance tasks on the room before adding furniture, such as adding a heating vent or repairing the leaking air conditioner duct. Don’t sweep minor issues like these under the rug at the start, or you will find yourself frustrated and unable to work later.