How to avoid a space jam

The Western Star - - HOME - MEG MA­SON

EV­ERY home needs a func­tional works­pace.

Here are some tips on finding the best so­lu­tion to suit your sit­u­a­tion.


When a space has to ac­com­mo­date the chil­dren’s home­work, a part­ner’s per­sonal ad­min and your day job, there’s one rule: ev­ery­one clears away when they’re done.

Des­ig­nate a drawer for each user, and a line-up of per­sonal pen­hold­ers or sta­tionery trays.

If space al­lows, con­sider in­stalling a built-in work top that runs the length of one wall, and in­clude a chair for each per­son. Tres­tle ta­bles serve when you’re rent­ing.


If your desk has to be lo­cated in a high-traf­fic space or bed­room cor­ner, it is still pos­si­ble to cre­ate an ef­fi­cient, aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing nook of your own.

In bed­rooms, the key is to clear the desk­top at day’s end, since there’s no greater im­ped­i­ment to deep REM than glimps­ing to­mor­row’s to-do list.

Con­sider a desk with deep draw­ers or flat-bot­tomed bas­kets for stor­ing pro­jects.

Beloved prints, a favourite lamp and un-of­ficey plants will dis­guise the pro­saic func­tion.

And if you’re not putting in 12-hour stints, a sim­ple stool can be tucked away in­stead of an im­mense chair.


Prone to a lit­tle day­dream­ing? Cre­ate a home of­fice that works with you, not against you. Think min­i­mal clut­ter and non-es­sen­tial ac­cou­trements.

Same goes for a pin­board lay­ered with Post-it Notes and work briefs. They work for some, but lo­cate yours out of view so you’re not tempted to jump be­tween the mil­lion tasks there.


There’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween a do­mes­tic dab­bler and some­one who earns their liv­ing from home. An ef­fi­cient works­pace is a ne­ces­sity when your liveli­hood de­pends on it.

A whole room is prefer­able, but if nec­es­sary, screen off part of the liv­ing room or have the chil­dren bunk in to­gether – you pay the bills, af­ter all. Inside Out’s June is­sue is avail­able now.

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