When it comes to your home it’s good to think about the life you lead and how best to utilise your rooms. If you’re limited on space it’s great to take advantage of what you have. For example, it would be a shame to have an unused dining room when you’re relaxing, eating and working in the living room.
I always recommend balancing out the spaces and activities to suit your lifestyle. For example, in my previous home, I knocked down a wall removing a large downstairs bathroom and creating an office and toilet room. So, I’m all for switching things around and enjoying every inch of your home!
RETHINKING HOW TO USE YOUR SPACE
Before I left my job to work freelance I gave my working set up a good deal of consideration. My desk was formerly in the living room because I liked to update my blog in the evenings while sharing the space with my man. I realised that when blogging became my job I probably wouldn’t want to see my work when I was relaxing. After trying a few ideas, I decided to turn the second bedroom into a home office. And here are a few things I considered before taking the plunge.
1. Think about the possible uses of the room and how many days of the year these activities take place. When I counted how many times we had visitors to stay during a calendar year I realised it made no sense to keep the second bedroom solely as a guest room.
2. Is it possible for the room to have more than one use? For example, could your dining room double up as a children’s playroom? Or could your guest room also become a home office? Multi-use rooms work well and there are lots of clever storage ideas available to enable you to make the best use of the space.
3. Plan how the room will look. A useful tip is to use string or masking tape to mark where the furniture will go. I did this when selecting a desk to ensure there was enough space for the bed.
4. Look at what you have and what you need and try to let go of any unused or unloved items. I sold a large cabinet to make space for the desks and in doing so I realised I only needed to keep roughly 25% of what was inside! It’s amazing how little we need when we take the time to evaluate. Further reading: my decluttering tips.
CREATING A CALM PLACE TO WORK
To create my home office, I removed the floral curtains, added some sheer blinds, repainted the walls and bought two desks and a shelf. It’s an unusual room because my apartment is part of a crescent and so the room is narrow at one end and wide at the other. Hence my photographs looking a little distorted!
I like to work in calm uncluttered spaces because it helps me to focus. When I was at art college I was one of the few people without a mood board styled workspace and things are very much the same today!