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Setting Up a Small Home Office

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Whether you are setting up a new business or work from home by necessity, it’s important to create an area set aside just for work. Even if it’s a repurposed closet or the corner of the dining room, having a place to do your work is essential.

Desk

First things first: Start with an actual desk to get the work mood right. Having a mix of new and used office furniture along with some creative pieces will make you feel like you have an actual office from which to conduct business. If you just use a folding table and chair, you may feel as transitory as your furniture. Even if the only space available in your home is an odd-shaped niche, a custom floating desk is still a dedicated desk.

Divider

If possible, place a divider between your work area and the rest of the house. A curtain or accordion screen works fine if you can’t have an actual room with a door. A fold-up or roll-top desk will also work. The point is to create a partition between work time and home time. You don’t have to squeeze behind the screen during the workday, but blocking out the papers on your desk will help you separate your home life at the end of the day.

Storage

Every home office needs some storage. You may need to get creative if your desk is in the hallway or living room. Storage ottomans can hide files and books as can attractive square baskets that can be pushed under the desk on the weekend. Wheeled file carts can be rolled into a closet when not in use.

Utilizing creative thinking is a must when setting up a tiny home office. An unused corner or a dusty alcove often makes the perfect spot for your work-from-home desk.

Clare Louise

The author Clare Louise