This article was co-authored by Taya Wright, NAPO, RESA. Taya Wright is a Professional Home Stager & Organizer and the Founder of Just Organized by Taya, a BBB Accredited Home Styling Company based in Houston, Texas. Taya has over eight years of home staging and decorating experience. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and a member of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA). Within RESA, she is the current RESA Houston chapter president. She is a graduate of the Home Staging Diva® Business program.
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To be successful, a home office needs to be both functional and efficient. You are going to be working in this environment for several hours each day so it is important that you make it as comfortable as possible. You can design a practical and comfortable home office by taking a few steps towards finding the right space, furnishing it, and making it attractive and efficient.
Method 1Method 1 of 4:Finding the Right Space Download Article
- 1Separate your workspace from the rest of your home. Create a barrier between yourself and the rest of your household. Store everything you need for your work in your office so you can be efficient in your space. Keep everything work related out of the rest of your home to help you maintain a work-life balance.XResearch source
- Even if you live alone, you need a space that can help you create a work-life balance.
- In a busy home, find a quiet area away from household noise and distractions.
- If you will meet with clients, work out of a room with a separate entry or that is very close to an outside door.
- If you do work that creates a lot of noise or dust and debris, work far away from the rest of your house in a garage, an outside structure, or a place you can easily clean, like a utility room.XResearch source
- 2Make the most of your space. If you live in an apartment or small home without an extra room, you can still set up an efficient home office. Designate any separate space you can exclusively for work. This is better than working from your couch or bed.XResearch source
- Carve out a workspace in your closet by removing the doors and installing a small table, chair, shelves, and good lighting.
- Put a desk, chair, shelving, and light sources in a corner of your kitchen or another room in the house.
- Avoid working from your bedroom to maintain the best sense of work-life balance.
- 3Choose surroundings that are conducive to your work. Find a space with a window if natural light is important to you. Put your office in an area of your home where the temperature will be comfortable for you all day. Find an office space with a door if you need it in order to shut yourself off from the rest of your home.XResearch source
Method 2Method 2 of 4:Furnishing Your Home Office Download Article
- 1Set up your desk. When you choose your desk, focus on your posture. Your back should be straight or slightly reclined and your shoulders should be relaxed. Find a desk that lets you sit with your thighs and forearms at right angles to the floor. Your head should be level and you should look slightly down at your monitor or reading material.XResearch source
- Consider a stand-sit desk if you like the freedom to both stand and sit while you work.
- 2Get a chair that supports you properly. Find a chair that is about 17-19 inches or about 43-48 centimeters deep with good lower back support. You might consider a chair with height-adjustable lumbar support. Position your chair so that your feet are on the floor or get a footrest to keep your knees parallel to the floor.XResearch source
- Your chair should let you line up your wrists with your forearms.
- Make sure you can comfortably shift your position in your chair throughout your workday to help with circulation.
- 3Install bookshelves and other storage containers. To keep all of your supplies, references, and work materials in your home office, you will need bookshelves and other storage. Start by grouping the same types of work materials together. Next find the shelves and other types of storage that will fit the materials you need for your work.XResearch source
- You can use bookshelves or you can hang shelving.
- Use your space wisely by hanging filing and storage systems on your walls or the backs of doors.
- Create a filing system that makes sense so you can retrieve papers easily.
Method 3Method 3 of 4:Equipping Your Home Office Download Article
- 1Invest in the right computer equipment for your needs. At a minimum you will need a computer with sufficient memory and processor speed to ensure you can work efficiently. Make sure to run and update your antivirus software regularly. Schedule regular system and file back-ups.
- Organize your cords and peripheral equipment to keep your space clutter-free. For this get tables with built-in cable management. These tables come with holes or desktop openable lids to wires the cables. There are ones that come with a socket. Another way of doing it is by purchasing fun cord managers that will wrap around the cord bunch to keep it together, though it may not hide the cords as well tables with cord management.
- Consider a multifunction scanner, printer, copier, fax device if you have a small space or do not need this equipment frequently.
- 2Set up a reliable, fast internet connection. Your home office will need reliable high-speed internet. Multiple devices in your home accessing the internet at the same time require a higher speed. Set up a home network to accommodate multiple devices, including printers.XResearch source
- For your home network, get a cable modem, network cables, and a wireless router that can support more than one connection.
- If you will connect with Ethernet, you will need Ethernet ports on your modem and router.
- 3Position your monitor correctly. The right monitor position will help you avoid eye and neck strain. You should be able to look directly at your computer screen without turning your neck. Keep your monitor centered and about 20 inches or about 51 centimeters from your eyes. Your monitor is at the right height when your eyes align with the address bar in your internet browser.XResearch source
- Avoid glare by tilting the monitor down slightly.
Method 4Method 4 of 4:Organizing an Efficient and Inspiring Work Space Download Article
- 1Try to work where there’s a window. To be productive and efficient, you will need good lighting. Design your space around a window. Daylight makes your workspace more positive, and exposure to sunlight improves the overall quality of your life.XResearch source
- Align your workstation facing north or south to avoid shadows at any time of day.
- Position yourself adjacent to the window to enjoy the view while preventing glare on your screen.
- Get good window treatments that will prevent glare and keep the room from overheating on very sunny days.
- 2Add artificial light sources. You need other light sources to supplement natural lighting. Light your entire workspace with pleasant overhead or ambient light. Task lights are essential for reading and other close work.XResearch source
- A good combination of artificial light sources can compensate if your workspace does not have a window, or at night and on overcast days.
- Find task lights with dimmers so they can suit any task.
- 3Keep the clutter to a minimum. You want a productive workspace. Cut down on clutter by only having the items you will need in your space. Make sure you have easy access to everything you need to get your work done.XResearch source
- Invest in good desk organizers that you like.
- Make sure your desk is proportionate to your workspace. An extra large desk can make you feel cramped.
- Incorporate some empty space so you do not feel overwhelmed by clutter in your space.
- 4Decorate your space to inspire you. Include personal touches that will inspire you without overwhelming your space or distracting you from your work. Use colors that help keep you calm and happy. Balance these with more neutral colors to prevent distraction.
- Bring in some artwork or photos that you enjoy and that inspire you.
- Make the space cozy with a throw blanket.
- Have custom-built shelves that reflect your style.
- Decorate with plants.
- QuestionHow can I make my home office look professional?Taya Wright, NAPO, RESATaya Wright is a Professional Home Stager & Organizer and the Founder of Just Organized by Taya, a BBB Accredited Home Styling Company based in Houston, Texas. Taya has over eight years of home staging and decorating experience. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and a member of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA). Within RESA, she is the current RESA Houston chapter president. She is a graduate of the Home Staging Diva® Business program.
Professional Home Stager & OrganizerProfessional Home Stager & OrganizerExpert AnswerKeep your mail organized. Mail is a big source of clutter for a lot of people, because it's constantly coming in. One thing you can do to help avoid that is to stop by your recycling bin as soon as you go to the mailbox, and toss out any junk mail before you ever bring in into the house.