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Set Up an Instant Home Office in 6 Easy Steps


Want (or these days, need) to work from home but don’t have a spare room in which you can set up the office you would really like? Well, it’s amazing how you can make even the most unlikely of spaces work if you put your mind to it. In many households, the dining table seems to have a magnetic attraction for everyone in the family. From eating meals to doing homework, it’s one of the most used pieces of furniture in our homes. But, if you’re organized, it can also work very well for you like a simple home office space.

Clear Away

At the end of your working day, you must be able to clear the table quickly and easily. The best way to do this is to streamline the amount of equipment you need, so it can all fit neatly into a storage box.

An Office in a Box

No, we’re not joking. With some stylish and innovative storage solutions, it’s easy – and it works like a dream. You thought the lack of a spare room would make your plans to work from home impossible, but our ‘instant office’ shows how easily it can be achieved. From stationery cupboards to filing systems and computer equipment, everything a modern office provides can be replicated. So, if you need to set up an impromptu workspace – this box of tricks is the answer. But remember: the golden rule for success is to keep a clear line between business and personal life, so make sure you pack up the box at the end of each day.

Old Trunk

You can use a rectangular basket with a lid, revamp an old toy box or search through second-hand shops for an old trunk – whatever suits the decor of your house better. A blanket box is another great option, especially if it is sturdy enough to double as a seat. Put a cushion on top of it at the end of the day and visitors will find it impossible to find your camouflaged home office.

Stationary Storage

You may not have an office with four walls, but you still need a stationery cupboard. Simple desk organizers with sections for all your paperclips and pens will make it easy to see everything at a glance. Small storage baskets are another pretty but practical alternative.

File Away

Sometimes the old-fashioned way is still the best. Receipts, bank statements, and paperwork can be filed away easily in a concertina file. Storage boxes in pretty colors are another essential, as it’s important to keep your table as clutter-free as possible. Use them to store computer discs and other things you don’t always need.

Design Motivation

A beautiful space always makes it easier for you to sit down and start work. Invest in one or two stylish desk accessories, such as a lovely glass paperweight, or simply arrange a bunch of fresh flowers in a vase. Colour is also important. Choose your favorite bright shades for notebooks and boxes – you’ll be surprised how much you achieve each day!

This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.

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