Trial & Error: Finding the Best Home Office Layout

Trial & Error: Finding the Best Home Office Layout

Range Govindan
Sep 27, 2011

It's easy to get into a routine in your home office. And while we'd always like to believe we get things right the first time (like Mike's setup above), it's often the case optimizing a room like a home office takes a bit of trial and error. Which is why it's paramount you fiddle around with the elements in your home office to discover the best possible layout. Here's how...

It's rare for people to take the time to switch around their home office. Most of the time, you end up being too busy or just using the room too much to just shift it around on a whim. While people do thing about how to organize their rooms as best as possible, it's not always easy to get things right on the first go. This is why it's important to switch around your room layout periodically to see if you can find a better configuration.

1. Switch it Every Trimester: It's a good idea to shuffle things every few months or so. Otherwise, you'll get set in your ways (with piles of paper, clutter, or just your daily routine), and it won't be that easy to change.

2. Move Your Desk: Most times, you're stuck putting your desk near the power outlets, but with good power strips and discreet cabling, you might be able to put your desk where you'd never thought. Alternatively, if you've got a smaller desk, you'll have a lot more options available.

3. Home Office/Bedroom: If your home office doubles as your bedroom, then it's going to get more complicated, depending on how much stuff is inside of it. Moving your desk usually entrains moving your bed and dresser around. As with before, if your desk is too big, you could consider using a smaller one to see how it fits.

4. Hacks: Once you've found optimal solution for your desk, don't be afraid to try out some hacks to get it just right. Floating shelves, standing desks, interesting lighting modifications, there are a bunch of different things that will allow you to customize your workstation to your own personal tastes.

5. Purge: If you don't have any room to spare to shuffle things around, then you should consider purging as much as possible. There are a lot of things that can be thrown out and are useless, especially if you have limited space. The trick is to purge periodically as well. That way, you don't get overwhelmed with clutter.

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