[Guest Post] Creating a Home Office in the Smallest of Spaces


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Creating a Home Office in the Smallest of Spaces

People are increasingly looking to incorporate an office space within their homes. It may be because their job calls for it or as a way to get the kids to knuckle down to do their homework. Whatever your reason may be, here are some ideas if you’re looking to do the same but only have a small space to work with.

Is It a Shelf, or Is It a Desk?

It can be both. If you have limited space, placing a shelf, preferably streamlined and curved for aesthetic value, under a window is an excellent way of creating a workspace. Add some paint on the wall the width of your desk/shelf to define your workspace, and as it’s by the window, you can place an indoor plant on it, such as a jade plant that thrives in the San Fernando sunshine.

Utilize Every Inch of Space

When creating a home office in a small space, your wall is your best friend. You can make your walls pull double duty by attaching a storage unit with fold-down compartments to save space and provide ample room for a desk and storage. Best of all, when you’ve finished your work, you can fold the unit against the wall.

Hidden Office Space

When is an office not an office? When you can’t see it. Concealing your desk inside a cupboard is an excellent way to help maintain a healthy home/work-life balance. Transform an old or unused cabinet by putting in shelving for storage and a board on runners for a keyboard if you use a PC. Being able to close the door on your place of work at the end of the day makes it easier to switch off. 

Planning and Budgeting for Your Home Office

Make the best use of your space by creating a floor plan. As your home office plans come together, determine which jobs you can do yourself and which require professional services. You can save money by using things you already have around the house. Maybe you have some old pictures in the basement that may look great above your desk, or perhaps you can repurpose an old comfortable chair for use as your desk chair.

Sprucing Up Home Furniture 

If you have clients visiting your home office, you want to impress them, so if any of your furniture has stains that don’t respond to conventional cleaning products, contact an upholstery cleaner. Consult online reviews using sites like Angi before getting a quote and discussing your needs. Once you’ve narrowed the options down to a few companies, insist on several referrals from satisfied customers, and avoid working with cleaners who use all-in-one cleaning tools. In addition, when creating a home office, keep receipts and take before-and-after photos to help quantify your home’s increase in value, particularly important if you’re planning on selling anytime soon.

No Matter How Small

With the right ideas, planning, and budgeting, you can make a space for an office in any room, no matter how small. All you need is a work surface, a comfortable place to sit, and somewhere to store your office supplies.

Guest Author: Alice Robertson

Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.

[Guest Post] How to Make a New House into a Home and Save Money Doing So

Did you just move into a new home? Moving from one place to another can be pretty exciting, but it can also be unnerving and expensive. Thinking about the maintenance, improvements, and decor you need to complete, you may not know where to start. If you are looking to settle into your home while saving some money, then you need to look through these tips.

Make Home Improvements Budget-Friendly

Moving into a new home usually means investing some time into home improvement and maintenance tasks. However, you shouldn’t have to invest your entire savings too. You can make your house feel more like a home for less, and you don’t even need to clip coupons to do so. Look online for online savings and get cash back for home improvement stores like Lowe’s. If you want even more ways to save, try choosing home improvement projects that are budget-friendly to begin with. You can add a new coat of paint, more storage to your kitchen, or some style to your entryway, and each project will cost you less than $150. If you are a homeowner, you should also think about picking up a basic tool set and taking care of smaller maintenance tasks on your own. If you need to hire a contractor, look online to get your work done for the best price, and always ask about discounts and specials they may be offering.  

Save More Dollars, and Style, with Your Home Decor

You can use some helpful decorating tips to help set the mood in your living room, as well as other areas of your home. Small details, such as adding artwork to your walls or using the right lighting, can make your home feel warm, inviting and relaxing for you, and your guests. Of course, you may want to pick up some new decor to help make your new space feel fresh. Popular stores such as Pier 1 and Bed, Bath, and Beyond often offer coupons that you can use online or in-store. You can also look for ways to save by signing up for email and free rewards accounts. For example, World Market offers new customers who enroll in their Market Rewards program a 15 percent coupon, but other stores have similar rewards programs as well.

Throw a Housewarming Party Without Throwing Off Your Budget

Once you are all unpacked and have your home in order, why not celebrate with a housewarming party? Having friends and family over is a perfect way to feel more at home in your new place. Best of all, it’s pretty easy to host your housewarming on a budget. Set a budget first so you can plan your party accordingly. You can have just a few friends over and get creative with inexpensive (but delicious) drinks, snacks, and desserts. Be sure to check local grocery stores and retailers, as well as apps like Ibotta, for in-store sales and savings before you shop for your party needs. You may need to sign up with your email or phone number if you’ve never used your local grocery store’s discount program before, so take care of that step before you leave the house.  If you want to skip buying food, you can also have friends bring their favorite dishes over for a potluck, or make a main course and have them bring some sides.

Getting comfortable in your new home shouldn’t mean completely draining your savings. With online rebates, promo codes, and in-store sales, however, you can pick up all you need to create a warm atmosphere in your new home. That way, you can spend less time stressing about your budget and more time enjoying your new place with all your family and friends.

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Guest Author: Alice Robertson

Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.