Like many of you, I work from home. My home is a tiny 800 square foot cottage in Venice, California. My office is the larger of two bedrooms – about 120 square feet – in the front of the house.
The room evolved from a guest room into a home office when I left my executive corporate job and started working from home. At first I worked in sales for a technology company in northern California. The technology company paid for a high quality filing cabinet and desk chair. The rest I bought or repurposed.
Now that I work for myself and specialize in home offices as a professional organizer, it was time to take a hard look at my set up.
- Light: The room has a southeast exposure with good natural light from two large windows
- Furniture: the computer desk, writing table, and file cabinet worked well and didn’t need replacing
- Equipment: I had a new computer, printer and scanner
- Files: my files were easily accessible from my primary work station
What Didn’t Work
- Space: The bed was placed in front of the door, creating a barrier to entrance. My computer desk faced the far wall which exposed my back to the room. When working, I could not see the door. Both placements were bad feng shui.
- Storage: The Ikea bookshelf had outgrown its usefulness. Even with regular purges it was overflowing. I had odd-shaped equipment – a light box, two paper cutters, a tripod – that didn’t fit on the shelves and were stored in a hard to access corner. The vertical space was under-utilized.
- Make the office seem more spacious and inviting
- Increase storage space without increasing square footage
- Create a visually pleasing, calm work environment
- The room had to continue to function as an occasional guest room
- The closet could not be used for office items
- Entrance door, closet doors and two windows limited where furniture could be placed
Next: Making a Plan