These days, space is just as precious as time. There's a shortage of available housing, and the housing that is being built is often smaller, either by necessity or choice. This can make finding a space to do work at home a challenge, whether it’s work for your full-time job or a side project. The luxury of a home office is not something all of us have (or want), but what we all do have is the opportunity to transform our available space into a multi-purpose arena. All you need is a little ingenuity and guidance. Thanks to this article, you're going to have them both.
3 Steps to Transform Your Dining Table into a Workspace
Raise your hand if your dining table is basically a dumping ground for odds and ends. Yeah, thought so. It happens. Life is messy and as a result, so are our homes. This said, de-cluttering is a vital step to clearing your mind and the actual space so you can have the mental and physical room to work. All those things that keep finding their way onto your dining table need to find another place to live. An inspired solution? A hanging shoe rack! Hang it on the back of a door or on the wall and store your bills, pens, papers, chargers and other necessary clutter in the pockets. This will free up some serious horizontal space by using the underutilized vertical space in your home.
You don't want your work clutter to simply take the place of your home clutter, so keep it contained. Invest in a laptop bag that can safely transport all your devices, chargers and necessary paperwork. When it's time to work at home, take it out. But when the workday is done, pack it up and put it away. This will not only help keep your dining table clean and clear for its actual purpose (i.e. eating), but it will keep you organized.
3. Protect Your Table
Imagine this: you've just bought the table of your dreams from an amazing designer. (Picture a beautiful, rustic dining table from 1825 Interiors.) You get home, spread out your work on it, and within an hour, you've spilled some varnish on it and the finish is compromised. Not cool, right? Of course, this tip isn't going to apply to everyone, but if your work involves using sharp objects (like scissors or knives) or hazardous substances (like chemicals), be sure to lay down a protective pad on your table before you begin work. If what you're working with is so intense it can eat through the pad...well, you probably shouldn't be working with that on the place you're going to eat, anyway.
Now you have the know-how, you know the way! Use these tips to being your home life and work life together in an agreeable, if not completely perfect, harmony.