You may not normally work from home. Your kids would normally be in school. So the kitchen and dining room table may not be enough – you can’t just hog your children’s homework desk, especially as we could be in this for a long while.
Plus, you may have all brought more stuff into your home… files and documents, workbooks and schoolbooks, computers, cables and chargers. It all needs putting somewhere. It all needs sorting so you don’t get swamped and can’t think.
Create a new workspace. It’s great if you’ve got room for a new desk by converting a bedroom into a home office – with Lockdown, you probably won’t have need to have a spare room for guests. But what if you don’t have a spare room? Don’t worry: there are still many clever options such as Compact Desks or Folding Desks which save space.
Keeping everything tidy. Tidy desk, tidy mind – well it certainly leads to calmness rather than frustration with everything everywhere, plus it’s easier to clean and de-dust.
Any place will do. You may want to create a new workspace in an alcove, or under the stairs, or convert a bedroom or your garage, shed, workshop or even in your loft, into a temporary or permanent home office.
Try hotdesking: You may want to embrace hotdesking: where you share the space and put all your things into a portable box to take to and from the desk, so when you’re finished it’s free for the next person: see Clearing the Clutter below.
You’ll find everything you need to keep your workspace organised. File and Magazine Boxes, In-drawer Organisers, Desk Top Stackers for pens, pads, papers, plus Cable Tidies and Tags.
For more substantial home office solutions, try Stackable Office Drawers, plus Space-saving Workstations: desks with a small footprint, Foldable Desk Trays that can stack flat against a wall after use. Or Wall-mounted Desks that fold up flat against the wall afterwards. Plus, there are even Trays for Laptops and Tablets, that double up for your TV dinner too.
Modular Shelving: Elfa make super strong interchangeable solutions for every room, including your home office, that are guaranteed for 10 years. You’d have one horizontal rail and everything hangs down from it, so your wall isn’t peppered with holes. Add to it, adapt it or even take it with you into another room. Elfa has special home office solutions, bookcases and over the door racks too that all maximise your vertical space whilst minimising the floor space they take up.