I have worked from home for a while now and it can be really difficult to separate home life and work life. If you’re sitting at the kitchen table like me working while also having a huge pile of washing you know how distracting it can be. I lust over office space, desks and office chairs most working days and so have thought about how I can incorporate some working space into our home without it also feeling like it is taking over.
Choosing the right area in your home is key.
As we have little ones the living room is a no go. As soon as they see technology they want it and I not sure my MacBook and dribble mix. I am also risking them chucking it out of a window or balcony.
The next space we have is the kitchen. As this was renovated last year I do find this a lovely space to work in however we all know a kitchen chair or bar stool isn’t great for our backs, is it? I want a space that is tranquil to work in and won’t be distracted by washing up or the breakfast mess the kids leave!
Our bedroom is the last option. We currently have a desk we found from LionsHome can close up so it doesn’t look so intrusive. It is a good middle ground for now while we think about the future office space we will create next year. It also fits well into a corner of a room so doesn’t have an impact on the rest of the bedroom which can be a worry for some. The many draws mean we can hide things away once the working day is done and revert it to a more bedroom style with a funky cloth over it.
Choosing the right furniture for your working style.
I know next year the kids will be that little bit older and they won’t have the same play requirements as they do now. It means I can start planning a shared office area in the living room that the kids can use for homework and I can use during the day as well. Gav often works from home so ideally the furniture we choose with have to be multifunctional to ensure it can be used but the whole family.
As the working area is in a shared space we need to ensure it isn’t intrusive once the work day or homework is finished.This unit from Lionshome has some storage for everyone included and I like that it fits with some of our current home style too. It needs to house a laptop and other bits of tech we use as a family but ideal have a storage section each so everyone’s paperwork is separated too.
I also like to have motivational things up to get work done so a cork board or similar fixed to the back unit of this desk would be amazing as well as a calendar that we can all share and doodle on.
I would really love to know about your workspace and how it fits around your family? Please do share your office space inspiration with me over on my Facebook page!