Has your business outgrown your home? Or perhaps you are working from home for the first time? Home office organization can reduce your stress level and make working from home more productive.
Organizing your home office for success may take some time, but it is worth it. Every person is different, but here are some common problems that suggest home office organization is needed.
The boundaries between home time and work time have disappeared.
Some people who work from home end up having a hard time switching off at the end of the day. When your home is your office, it’s easy to justify doing one more thing before signing off for the day… and then another. You may need to establish a specific area or room in the house that is all your own. This can help your spouse and children honor the fact that you are working.
Your house is starting to look like an office.
Are you and your family tripping over boxes or having to move papers around so you can watch television or eat dinner? Maybe the problem goes beyond home office organization. Maybe there’s a major change needed. There may be furniture or other items that could be stored until your need for a home office changes. Once you free up space, your boxes and papers will have a place to stay that isn’t in other people’s way.
You need a quiet place to conduct meetings.
Whether talking to the boss, coworkers, clients or customers, you need a quiet and professional place that looks presentable over video conferencing. Furthermore, you need to be able to have a phone call without being interrupted by a kid asking for a treat or a dog barking. The best way to get some privacy is by establishing a truly separate area for your office.
Your business requires that you maintain an inventory, a large amount of tools, and/or large displays.
To fully engage in a business, you may need to establish a separate place where all of these things are kept. Your garage is a poor choice because it isn’t climate controlled. You really need to have a central, safe place for all of these items.
If you are serious about working from home, consider renting a storage space. You can put away everything extra from your house, whether that’s the guest bedroom furniture or your product inventory. Your family won’t be tripping over boxes, and you will have a peaceful place to make phone calls and do video conferencing. Learn more about storage unit sizes.
Working from home can be stressful. A storage unit can help you stay organized and ensure there’s less chaos and more order in your business life at home.