I own a little duplex. I live on one side and I rent out the other. It’s a cozy home and I love it. I love living in a smaller space because it really forces me to focus on needs rather than wants. And it means every decision has to be thought out in terms of our the space is used to maximize living space.
I mention this today, because as you know, with the launch of our turnkey office space (available to rent!), we have been working there more and at home less frequently. It’s a change I’m enjoying, as I get to spend time out of the house each day, while working from home at least a couple of hours, usually in the afternoon. With that change in working habits, I can now rethink my home office and the amount of space it takes up in my home. Something I haven’t done since moving in almost four years ago!
Basically, it’s time to convert working space into more living space!
The main floor of my home is made up of a the kitchen/dining area and then a large space of which about 2/3 is my living room and the remaining third is my home office. The room lends itself well to this layout. In the office I had:
Two large desks, in an “L” configuration.
An old cabinet joining the desks, which held my printer.
Two sets of three shelves on the wall, both overloaded with stuff.
A small rolling workstation desk, with my stereo on it, under one set of shelves.
Rolling file/desk drawer unit, packed full of stuff.
Might not sound like much, but I was using pretty much every square inch of space there for my office. This was going to take some effort!
I started by emptying all six shelves. I evaluated what was garbage and what needed to be kept. As a result I was able to consolidate everything on one set of shelves, with room to spare for new documents. That meant the shelves in the left corner could go. I emptied the file/drawer unit and gutted it of old documents and garbage, again freeing up much needed storage space. Then I pulled out the stereo and the printer.
After that, it was time to decide what to do with the desks. That was an easy decision. I never, or rarely, used both desks, so I tossed one out. I kept the one I had used the least so it would last me a while. That opened up a whole bunch of room. The rolling workstation shifted over beside the cabinet. I then reinstalled the stereo (on the cabinet) and the printer (on the rolling workstation).
All of a sudden 1/2 of my home office was liberated! Now I have this wonderful space, by a window that I can make into a reading nook, a meditation space, or another seating area. It’s lovely! It opens up that larger living are in a way I’ve not experienced before because it’s been mostly the same way since I moved in. The last piece of the puzzle will be to acquire a large, tall cabinet with doors one it, in which I can consolidate everything currently on the remaining shelves, the rolling desk and the small cabinet. This will liberate a little bit more room!
I’m pretty excited! It’s fun to transform something you’ve lived with for so long and refresh both yourself and an environment you spend so much time in. Now, I just have to find the perfect reading chair.