With September fast approaching, and many students starting school online rather than in person, now is the time to optimize the available space that you have for a work-from-home office. Kids from as early as elementary school all the way through college are going to have to receive their education via Zoom and other similar softwares. While the heads of the household may be used to the work-from-home environment by now, it will be a new challenge to share the space with their kids.
How to make your work-from-home space friendly for multiple family members
Making room for two or more to work-from-home can be quite the undertaking. Here are a few tips on how to optimize your space to make it as conducive as possible to working and/or learning.
Set Aside A Few Different Areas to Work In: As fun as it sounds to have your whole family working side by side, it isn’t ideal to be in too close of proximity all of the time. An important meeting for a parent may disrupt an online class for a college student, or vice versa. For this reason, if possible try to section off your household to provide some needed space.
Set up Your Workspaces to be Comfortable: If you are going to be spending 8 or more hours working from home per day, plus more for leisure time once you are off the clock, then it is paramount to make your setup as comfortable as possible. An ergonomic chair with lumbar support is a sound investment to prevent cumulative back problems from cropping up in the future.
Organize the Surrounding Area: The negative effects of a cluttered workspace have been studied and proven quite detrimental to both our mental health and effectiveness. To minimize this, effective use of home storage such as cabinets or drawers will have a tangible effect on your work-from-home wellbeing.
Focus on Lighting: With the rest of your work from home space changed for the better, it is crucial not to forget about how the area is lit as well. Lighting has been found to directly affect concentration, mood, even appetite. Having a dimmable light source is ideal for maximizing productivity during the day without disrupting your circadian rhythm once nighttime comes.
What to do when you have used up all available space in your home?
Despite our best efforts, it is practically impossible to be perfectly clean and organized all of the time, especially during this time of our lives. Most of us are living in closer proximity to our families than ever before, and with more people living under the same roof, there inevitably comes more stuff to keep safe. Rather than resorting to selling off or throwing away precious items, why not store them in a storage unit. Finding the right sized storage unit for you and your family means that you can both optimize your household for a work-from-home environment as well as keep your things safe.