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Making Space for Working from Home

Updated: Feb 5, 2022

One of the most significant changes to have come out of the Coronavirus crisis is the increase in the number of people working from home. While initially it looked like this was a temporary situation during lockdown, it now seems that working from home is becoming a permanent arrangement for many.

We can certainly see many potential benefits of working from home. Cost wise there can be savings on things like travel, “office” clothing and lunches out. Working from home may also bring other lifestyle benefits such as more free time, greater flexibility and reduced stress.

However, many people are finding that working from home on a longer term basis is actually not as enjoyable as they thought it would be. Isolation and lack of social contact can be a real issue. Sometimes the pressure to be seen to be “present” and working means that people end up working even longer hours than they did before.

And of course one of the biggest issues of all is the impact on the home environment.

Psychologically many people find it helpful to have some degree of separation between “work” and “home”. This can be difficult when there is no commute.

Then there is the physical and practical issue of finding a space to work. Balancing a laptop on your knee is fine for short periods, but if you are working at home full time this is not really a viable solution. And if there is more than one family member working at home at the same time, it can be even more of a challenge.

As professional declutterers and home stagers we have lots of experience in helping our clients sort out their home offices, paperwork and organisation systems. We are great believers in working with what you have - repurposing furniture and accessories and being creative in using space effectively.

So here are our top tips to get your home organised for work, making the most of the home and space that you have.

1. Rethink your Space