With more people working from home, according to a survey conducted by the Dieringer Research Group, the number of employed Americans who performed any kind of work from home, with a frequency range from as little as 1 day a year to full-time, grew from 41.3 million in 2003 to 44.4 million in 2004, a 7.5 percent growth rate.
With this becoming increasingly an important trend to note, putting thought behind designing a home office is important to increase productivity, efficiency, motivation, and organization.
A new client wants to organize office a home office. After listening to him, we sat down and developed a plan to make his home a place to entertain and relax and an office a place to work and host meetings.
Here are the steps I used to conceptualize our plan of action:
- Sit in the room(s) up for change. Let the space reveal itself to you by taking notice of its features. (windows, natural and artificial light, passage ways, etc)
- Decide what is the best use the room resources; walls, closets, windows, shelves, etc.
- Clean out unwanted, unnecessary and unused items in closets and organize remaining itesm. Localize office and work materials.
- Make a plan to put in place with priorities, possibilities, and a strategy to actualize the plan.
- Find the materials for the room and make a timeline.
Here is where I’ve found inspiration: