If you have a home business and you work from home you may not have a dedicated office space you can call your own. Even if you do it may not meet up to your ideal requirements. Unless you are lucky enough to have a separate room for your office and enough cash to fit it out just as you want it, you are likely to have to make do to a certain extent.
Take this opportunity to have a look round at the space where you work. Does it satisfy you? Are there things about it that just don’t seem to really work that well? Are you constantly tripping over things cluttered on the floor? Do you struggle to make the most of the space you have?
Wherever you happen to work, the best way to get the most out your home office space is to take some time to arrange it properly. You could do this over a weekend if you have the time. Alternatively block out an afternoon of your work time a couple of weeks from now and don’t book anything else into that time beforehand. Make a list of the things you want to do and keep that list handy so you can jot things on it over time.
One of the most important things in any home office space is the desk. This is where the majority of your business will be done of course, so it needs to feel right for you and fulfil your needs. If it is messy it will not be the most pleasant space to work in.
When you start your office overhaul, clear off your desk and give it a good clean. You might want to buy some filing trays to have on one side in order to keep your business paperwork organised. This makes things easier to find and keeps the clutter down.
Sometimes just giving your office space a good spring clean is enough to make you feel motivated about it again. But if you still feel unhappy about some aspect of it you can often find out where the problem lies by clearing items and rearranging things carefully.
Keeping whatever area you have tidied is the key to feeling better about your workspace. Buy storage cabinets or filing cabinets if you need them. They will look good and keep paperwork off the floor; you won’t have the problem of tripping over files constantly either. Health and safety applies just as much in your own home office as it does everywhere else. A lot of it is common sense though so make sure you take a look round and identify any potential areas where problems could occur. Make sure there are no wires or leads from computers or printers you could trip over for example.
The point is that there are always things you can do to make your office space more pleasant. Add some plants and keep it clean all the time too. You will find it makes the world of difference to how organised your home business feels.
St Catharines Ontario ~ Canada ~ Mansion House ~ Heritage ~ Original Mural 1820
Image by Onasill ~ Bill Badzo OFF/ON ~ Broken Ankle ~OUCH
The Mansion House is a historical landmark, a restaurant, pub and venue for live music. It was originally constructed in the early 1800s to be a home and store for
William Hamilton Merritt, the main promoter of the original Welland Canal.
In the 1820s the building was turned into a hotel with the addition of a large dining room and office. Life carried on in the hotel, with travelers and sailors boarding in the rooms, and Merritt conducting his business.
In 1859 a fire raged through downtown St. Catharines, and caused significant damage to the Mansion House. During the rebuilding the name changed a number of times, until 1868 when it was re-named The Mansion House.