We’ve all seen or heard the claims – “you can work at home in your pajamas,” or “work while watching TV!” Unless you are actually getting paid to watch television then you will quickly discover that working from home requires a dedicated space in order to get work done in quick and efficient manner- without distraction.

It can be next to impossible to meet that deadline when you have children climbing on you, a television blaring in your ears, the dog barking, the neighbor mowing his grass and your spouse talking a mile a minute. You need that space to go to during working hours and also when your work day is done, to be able to shut that door and be “home.”

The problem is not everyone can afford to walk into an office supply store and purchase an office suite and be done with it. The good news is a home office can be set up quickly on the cheap with items you may already have on hand or can easily find at resale shops for less than you’d think.

Where Will Your Office Be?

If you already have a spare or unused room then your battle is half over. You have the space with a door! If you don’t have an empty room, look around at the other rooms in your home – starting with a finished basement (if you have one) or if you have a large bedroom – corner off a section there. If neither of those work, look for available spaces in other rooms in your home. You’re looking for an open area just big enough for a desk or at least a small table. If you are able, try to get your hands on a corner desk to save on more space.

It’s preferable to have your space in a well-lit room, with lots of natural lighting. It will help you feel a bit more energized and alert and less cooped up.

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The Basics You Will Need

Once you have staked out your space you can start putting your office together. If you don’t have these things already – check discount stores, resale shops, ask family and friends to keep their eyes and ears open if they see any good deals on office furniture and supplies.

At the very least you should have:

  • your desk or table
  • a comfortable desk chair
  • your computer/work equipment
  • Pens/pencils
  • Paper/post-its
  • Small trash can
  • Desk lamp
  • Other misc office supplies

Extras You May Find Useful

  • Filing cabinet
  • Book shelves
  • Extra chairs or furniture- especially if you will have visits in your office. Oftentimes you may already have a comfy chair or two in the house that isn’t being used.

Making Your Office Your Own

One of the best things about having a home office is- it’s yours. You get to decorate however you like. It’s not a cubicle that looks the same as everyone else’s. It’s all yours – so it should be inviting and comfortable for you when you go to work everyday. Once you have your basics, make it your own. This is where a quick Internet search will benefit your office makeover endeavors, put Google and Pinterest to work to work for you – you will come up with more inspiration than you could ever possibly put to use.

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You can refinish or paint the furniture to suit your style, paint the walls, hang pictures of your loved ones or the things that make you happy. If you are the crafty type, you can make desk accessories from jars and cans. If you aren’t the crafty type you can often find many different designs at any given time on sale at any discount store.

Just remember to have fun with it and because it’s yours – you can change things up whenever you like!

Sophie My name is Sophie, I decided to write this article as I do actually work from home, I am a filer for an element smart roofing company. I used to do this from my living room but everything was just all over the place and it was just not viable. Creating your own space to file everything away in it’s place is so much easier, you can always then take breaks in the living or dining area for lunch! Separating work from home is very important.