The Home Office "Door Code"

The Home Office "Door Code"

Taryn Williford
Sep 10, 2010

We know a couple that is lucky enough to both be able work from home. Wait, did we say "lucky?" Oops. We mean that they're miserable. Well, they were miserable, until they created this home office "door code." It's a relationship- and life-saver that you can practice yourself, whether or not you or your S.O. work from home.

If you're struggling to separate the "home" from the "office," you can use this door code to communicate with friends, family or roommates about your, um, availability. We'll call it availability because it sounds better than "likelihood of cursing you out when you walk through the doorway."

By just taking a glance at your home office door, any would-be distractors can figure out whether or not you're open to interruption. Here's how our friends do it:

  • DOOR OPEN: It means that you can be interrupted at any time for any reason. Whether somebody needs help opening a jar or just wants to chat about dinner plans.
  • DOOR AJAR: It means that you're busy. But if there's something extremely pressing, you can be interrupted. You can set your own house rules to say what "extemely pressing" means.
  • DOOR CLOSED: Don't. Even. Breathe. In. This. Direction. Open this door only if there's a fire in the house.

What do you think? Is this something you might use at home?

Of course, this only works if you have a dedicated home office with a door separating it from the rest of the house. If your home office is a multi-purpose room, how do you communicate your availability to housemates? Tell us in the comments!

(Images: Rebecca's Loving Living Small Home Office, Room Architecture: The Blog)

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