Monday, December 30, 2013

How to set up a kid-friendly home office

In the past, raising a child while running a business was almost impossible. Parents who focused on their children saw that their businesses weren't growing as quickly as they'd have liked, just as those that focused their efforts on professional careers couldn't find much free time to be a parent. Today, many men and women are opting to work from home, giving them the opportunity to spend time with their children even as they build their at-home or online businesses. Work spaces that are toddler-friendly take some planning and organization, but building a custom office workstation in your own home is worth the effort. Here are some ideas you can use for your future home office.

Finding a space

Locate an area in your home that lets in a good amount of natural sunlight - near a window in the living room is ideal - as this is where you should place your work desk. If your child isn't old enough to roam around your home alone, make sure that there is space for a playpen in a place where you can keep an eye on him or her.

Setting up your custom office workstation

Now that you found a place to put your desk, you can start outfitting your office with all the essentials. An ergonomic chair and desktop computer should be a priority. Consider adding a filing cabinet to keep all your physical documents in one place. Look for an all-in-one office machine that has a printer, scanner, copier and fax machine. Place your ink and toner cartridges, stacks of paper, pens and pencils and other potentially hazardous office supplies in a drawer or on a shelf or out of reach.

Make an art/play station

If you are working with limited space, consider making the most of the area in your home by adding a small bench or table where your child can creatively express him or herself. The table or bench can double as a storage area for art supplies, books and toys.

Tailor the area to your ideal work setting

Although working at home can be fulfilling, there will be times when you get frustrated. Hang pictures that inspire and motivate you. Paint the walls of your home office with colors that are soothing and calming. Consider keeping plants in the area that will help circulate oxygen throughout the room. Your subconscious mind will pick up the calming cues you have set up in your office and keep you focused on your work but also aware of the reason you are working at home.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

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