How to avoid a space jam
EVERY home needs a functional workspace.
Here are some tips on finding the best solution to suit your situation.
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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.
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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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