A lot of people have decided to work from home because of this Coronavirus pandemic. Having a home office has become an important task for many. But not all have big funds for furnishing a home office, and only a few folks can pay a professional space designer to have an efficient home office space.
Regardless if you’re planning to work from home full-time or just using the home office temporarily, be certain to include enough light and a comfortable chair. You can add a few small plants and inspirational pictures to keep you productive. We never know how long we will be in quarantine so you may need to make sure that you enjoy your home office setup.
Eye Your Workspace
Find a space or a corner in your home that can be assigned to be a home office area. If you have your own room, this task won’t be so hard. Otherwise, make use of whatever space is available within your home. Whether it’s a large space under the stairs, right beside the closet, or an unused corner of the living room.
Plan Your Floor Plan
Think about how you want your home office space to look like first. It will save you a lot of time than moving furnitures right away and then eventually deciding later on that it’s not a good fit.
DIY Your Stuff
Before you buy that expensive chair, check if you can make use of what’s already available within your home. Most likely there’s a chair that everyone doesn’t like using because it doesn’t have that soft back support. Grab it and create a make shift office chair. This is save you a lot of budget.
Go for Cheap but Quality Bargains
You’d be surprised by what you can find at clearance sales and garage sales, neighborhood markets, and DIY stores— You can even check out online stores and marketplaces that are on sale! A lot of people want to sell their used table and shelf, so better grab those.
Be Open for Swapping
Surely you have that friend who’s eyeing on your old-school lamp but you can’t find the right reason to let it go, now is the time. Ask your friends if they have anything that will help you with your project. An unused curtain, drawer, or even a frame decor will be a great help to save!
Haggle With Your Phone or Internet Service If Possible
Internet Service Providers normally offer a bunch of service package plans for each type of customer. They may have something for big companies and business, but surely they have a cheaper package just for work from home users such as you.
Get Your Client To Contribute
If you’re working for a client or a company who allowed you to work from home during this crisis, let them know that you need help with the equipment and supplies. Most of the time, they will either provide you with with the equipment or reimburse you with the cost.
Go For Energy-Efficient Equipment
If there’s really no other way but to buy a brand new equipment, you still can practice being on a budget by going for equipment that will lessen your electricity bill or anything that will save you money. A smaller laptop consumes lesser power and costs less than an expensive heavy-duty desktop computer.
Wait For It To Be On Sale
There are times that you can’t decide whether you’ll get that foot rest or not. Wait if that seller to launch a sale if you don’t need it for your office right away. It could turn out that you may not need it at all after a couple of days.
Transform Your Closet
Another alternative choice is to set up a workdesk or workstation in a closet small enough to fit a table with a laptop. When your shift is done, you can just shutdown your laptop and close the closet door. Pretty efficient!
Establishing a budget and adhering to it can help you keep your spending margin as you create your DIY home office. Concentrate on the things you actually need and can help you do your job efficiently instead of making it look Instagram-able.
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