3 creative ways to squeeze in a home office

By Paula Felps

More and more people are working from home, with that number expected to grow to a whopping 63 million by 2016, according to Forrester Research. If you happen to be one of those, you know the advantages. But you also know that it requires some careful organization.

Combining “home” with “office” can get tricky in small spaces, but even in the tiniest abodes, it’s not impossible. If you’re in a tight spot, make the most of your home office space with some of the following tips:

  1. Designate the work area. According to Gene Venuto, an organizational expert with Priority Management Associates Philadelphia, this is often overlooked. “Create a true partition so work doesn’t spill into other areas of the home,” he advises. “It’s too easy to let the entire house become an extended office. That’s not healthy, and it isn’t productive.”
  2. Let your furnishings serve double duty. For example, an ottoman with a removable top can be a great place to store portable files, and it’s much more attractive than a filing cabinet in the living room! You could also invest in a desk that folds and closes to look like a cabinet, so it doesn’t intrude on your living space when the workday ends.  Stores like Ikea and Tailored Living have lots of options for people looking for accessories and spaces that can serve a dual purpose.
  3. Create a closet “office.” Even a small hall closet can become an office with a foldout shelf that becomes a desk, and it can be folded back up at the end of the day, so work doesn’t continue “haunting” you.
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