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Putting Your Home to Work

With so many people taking their work home with them these days there is a definite need for most of us to have a space dedicated as a home office. Not only does it help with productivity and getting the most out of your time spent working but it also helps to cut out the inevitable distractions and keeps your work and home life separate enough for you to be able to switch on an off as an when required.

The first thing you will need to do in creating your home office is take a good hard look at your living environment. Take stock of each room and try to picture a part of these rooms as your office space. It may be something that will jump right out at you or you may need to really work at it to see the potential.

Once you have decided on the room you feel will work best to you will need to completely clear the area so you are starting with a completely blank canvas and can therefore get a better understanding of the space you have to work with.

If you plan to do any painting, wall papering or other decorating of this sort, now is the time to take care of that. It’s perfectly acceptable to paint or wall paper one wall in a room as long as it blends in with the rest of the room’s décor. Depending on the type of work you do, you will want to choose a colour that inspires and excites or one that relaxes and helps with concentration. Choose a colour that makes you feel good when you look at it. Take inspiration from magazines and shop displays.
Choosing an area with a window for your home office can be nice, too. Simply set up your desk so that the window is centred and use the wall space to the sides of the window as places to put shelves. Choose a non fussy window dressing that allows you to have complete and quick control over the amount of direct light allowed to enter the space. Oak Venetian blinds will lend a mature and businesslike feel to the room whereas aluminium Venetians will bring a more industrial and artistic vibe. Both allow you to direct sunlight and, should you need it, offer complete blackout.

Once your space is ready to inhabit, you will need a small computer desk with at least one drawer that can be used for filing. Buy a good comfortable chair. This is the one thing you should splurge on if money is tight. You will most likely be spending a lot of time in that chair and you probably already know the value of being comfortable.
Build up rather than out and around. Get some shelves that can be mounted on the wall or can stand at the back of your desk using the wall to hold it there. The less space you take up around you, the more room you will have to work in and the more books and office tools you will be able to fit in.

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