If you’re an entrepreneur or freelancer, you know the value of having a comfortable and ergonomic home office. Apartment living requires a little innovation and patience; whether you’re expanding a new home business or starting to work from home for your employer, finding a way to fit a full home office into an apartment can be a little challenging. In today’s post, we’ll give you tips on how you can fit your work supplies and desk into your rental unit without taking up too much living space.
As with any business, the location of your home office is important to productivity and business success. While you don’t have to worry about finding a high-traffic street for your new location, you do need to find an area of your apartment that will allow you to work without distractions. If you’re not able to dedicate an entire room to office space, try finding an unused area of the unit (like near a living room window) to set up. However, if you have roommates, finding privacy in a public area of the apartment may be difficult.
Get (and Stay) Organized
Any office space should be well organized at all times, but when it comes to working from home, extra organization can make a huge difference. Because you’re working in a small space, consolidating your tools in an organized fashion should be a top priority. Try using things like wall file organizers, below-desk filing cabinets, and desk calendars to keep you on schedule without clutter.
Use Smaller Tools
As nice as it would be to have a full sized legal desk, multiple filing cabinets, and a stand-alone copy machine, working out of a home office rarely allows for a multitude of large office tools. Instead, working in an apartment home office will likely require you to find smaller sized office tools that take up less desk and floor space. An example of this would be choosing to purchase a thin laptop in place of a bulky desktop computer, or picking small desk-sized printer rather than a large stand-alone version. By choosing office supplies that complement the amount of space you are working in, you’ll have space to set up schedules and take notes.
Working for your employer (or launching a small business) out of a home office doesn’t have to be difficult; in fact, it can be a perfect way for you to stay focused and reach your goals, if done correctly. For the smoothest transition from a corporate to a home office, be sure to purchase supplies that are compact. Then, set up your home office in an ergonomical manner, and avoid using common areas like kitchens and living rooms as your workstation. If you’re limited on areas to place your desk, and absolutely have to work from a common area like the kitchen or living room, try using headphones to drown out the sound of other individuals.
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