What do you do when your home office is perfectly organized, but it’s still not quite working out as efficiently or as effectively as you had hoped? Well, you might just have a location problem. Real Estate is all about location, location, location – the same goes for your home office space.
Location, location, location.
The last 5 years, in our old house, I had a whole room dedicated to my office. It was a nicely separated place where I could have my desk and do my work. What I noticed, however, was that there were many times when I would move my laptop out to the kitchen or the family room in order to be closer to my littles and get my work done.
After we moved, I didn’t think I’d be able to have a designated office space due to how much smaller our house is. I even almost gave my desk to my sister to borrow, because I didn’t think I’d be using it. However, once we had lived in our new house for a few months and had gotten used to how we used the space, my husband recognized my need for that designated office space before I was even able to fully admit it. Office things, mail, and files need a home; when they didn’t have a home, we were constantly losing or looking for important documents that we needed for the many different transactions that happen during multiple moves.
Needing To Reconfigure
My husband decided to reconfigure our main floor set-up so that the desk would fit. We are now using basically every inch of wall space available on the main floor, but it works really well. Now that I have a desk in the family room, I really love having easy access to my desk while being able to keep tabs on all that goes on around me. Now to make a mental note for the next house: The desk needs to be in a central location for most efficient and effective use.
It’s Your Turn to Re-evaluate
It is now your turn to figure out what your needs are. Where do you automatically place your supplies? Are you constantly having to move them back to their “correct location”? Do you find yourself, like me, moving to other areas of the house to get your work done? Or, maybe, you’re already in a main area of the house and are constantly trying to find a quiet space in which to work?
Take a moment or set the timer for 15-20 minutes, and devote that time to answering those questions. Then, if possible, make the necessary changes so that you can use your home office more efficiently too!