If you work from home even part of the time, you’ve likely discovered the importance of having a workable space that keeps distractions at bay. When you first started working from home, you probably chose the best place for your desk and set up camp there. But over time, it’s important to make the space your own.
Unfortunately, for many people budget restrictions don’t allow for a major redecorating project. But even on a small budget, you can make changes to your office that will make it not only more visually pleasing but more functional, as well.
DIY Office Supplies
You don’t have to spend a fortune in office supplies. Empty out and clean old jelly jars to hold all of your pens and pencils. You can also repurpose an old coffee mug or drink glass for the same purpose. If you want to refresh the look, you could cover your makeshift cup holder in a colorful fabric that matches your taste.
Do you need a desk but you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend? You can make a desk out of a variety of furniture types, which you can often find at yard sales or thrift shops. This article demonstrates different do-it-yourself desk projects that you can easily do with the inexpensive used furniture you find.
You can free up storage without spending a fortune by adding shelves on one wall of your office. Here you can store photos, boxes and binders with work files, and reference books related to your profession. You can even add a few decorative items to show off your own flair for fashion, making your office more visually appealing.
Use a Room Divider
If you don’t have an extra room in your house to devote solely to your office, you’ll probably have to share space with another room. Whether it’s an office/guest bedroom combination or you’re setting up in a corner of one of your more highly-trafficked rooms, you can use a room divider to mark off your office space. Even though this option isn’t soundproof, you’ll still have a small amount of privacy while you work.
Add a Pegboard
Bulletin boards are great for tacking reminders and photos within your view, but they limit you. A pegboard, usually reserved for tools in workshops, can be used to organize items like scissors, tape, and items you need on hand throughout the day. Best of all, you can often find pegboards in a wide range of colors and sizes, making them perfect if you need to match them to the existing colors in your office.
If you work from home, you likely want to make your office as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Feel free to occasionally improve the design with little changes. By using creativity and repurposing furniture and household items, you can create an office that rivals what you’d find in a business complex. All you’ll need is a way to keep distractions at bay so you can get work done.