Floor Plans Matter: Rearranging Your Home Office

31 Days of Home Office Organizing TipsTip #7: Floor plan: design your home office around a plan you like and will use

(Part of the 31 Days of Home Office Organizing Tips)

Have you ever tripped over boxes or banged your knee on a heavy piece of furniture while trying to get your stapler?  Maybe you need a new floor plan in your home office (or more coffee!).

In my experience with clients, setting up a workspace can be daunting.  If it was previously a bedroom or common area (think living room), it can be one more thing you have to think about.  But, setting up your space doesn’t have to be hard.  Here’s a few things you can do…

Take a bird’s eye view.

Draw it, take a picture or build it with blocks, but get an idea of how your space is laid out.  Then, think about how you want it to be laid out.  If you want to use existing furniture, put them in the plan.  Windows or doors?  Consider those too.  Heating or cooling vent?  Probably not best to put your desk on top, or in front of one of those.

Set it up.

Think of your home office like a puzzle.  Moving furniture around is a lot easier with furniture slides, which are easily found at a local home improvement store.  Disconnect all your electronics and rearrange your space.  Don’t be too concerned if the first set up doesn’t work.  It can take a few trys before you get it right.  Keep at it and you’ll find the right combination.


Now that you have your office where you like it, put your desktop back together, plug in your electronics, grab a cup of java and get to work.  Mission complete.

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