How to Create the Perfect Home Office
Whether youre working full-time from home, freelancing after hours, or writing a novel, a home office is an excellent space to have. Especially since Liv North Scottsdale has partnered with CenturyLink to bring our residents a dedicated fiber network with high-speed internetyoull be able to telecommute and work from the cloud with ease! But there is a big difference between setting up a genuine home office and simply having a computer on a desk. Heres a few tips to remember when youre putting together a work space in your apartment. Choose a good location. There are some important things to consider when youre deciding where in your apartment to place your home office. Firstlighting. If your back is to a window that will be getting a whole lot of sunlight, it could wash out your computer screen for large portions of your workday. Try to find a spot with pleasant lighting that wont interfere with your work. The second thing to consider is trafficif you have roommates or children, you dont want your office to be in a place that theyll be moving through frequently. Finally, its usually a good idea to keep your office away from sight of televisions or video game consolesyou might think you wont check out the game or just play one more level, but why give yourself the temptation? Get the right equipment. There are a lot of handy tools that are useful in an office beyond your basic desk/computer/printer setup. A big whiteboard can be useful for keeping track of your work and always having important information visible. If youve got a bit of spare cash, a second computer monitor is amazingly helpful no matter what work youre doing. Sticky notes, pens, a stapler, a pencil sharpener, stationery, and notepads are all handy. Plus, make sure youve got backups for all your consumablesprinter paper, ink cartridges, and what have you. The last thing you want is to run out of ink just as youre printing off a big report! Stay organized. Theres two major things to organize in most officespaperwork and computer cables. For paperwork, a small filing cabinet is usually the best way to go. Most of them can fit right beneath your desk, saving you space. With cables, theres a few useful tactics. First, label each cord with tags or just regular labels, so that youll always know what goes with what. Second, make sure that youve got plenty of slackif you need six feet of cord, consider getting ten feet, just in case. That way, even if you have to rearrange, youll have the cord you need. Loop up any slack and hold it together and out of the way with rubber bands or zip ties. You can also keep cords out of the way by running them through plastic tubing or by stapling them to the back of your desk with large staples. Make it look nice. This isnt a cubicle, its your home! There are no limits to what your workspace can look like. Choose a color scheme or theme that you love and just run with it. The more you like how your home office looks, the more pleasant it will be for you to work there. You can check out Pinterest for some great office decorating and space-saving ideas. And dont forget the Liv North Scottsdale business center! If you need to entertain clients or have a meeting, you have space to do so right here at home. The business center is open 24/7. If weve missed any useful home office tips, please let us know in the comments!