For those who have been in Australia for the past few years, it should come as no surprise that more and more people have taken up working from home. Businesses originally made the shift to stay open during lockdowns. It helped keep us safe and our economy running, but the change proved popular and many people have made it a more permanent part of their workweek.
All in all, two-thirds of Australians are now working from home at least some of the time. If that’s a familiar story, chances are you need to find a dedicated workspace around your apartment that can keep you productive and your work on track.
Work with what you have
Apartments offer lifestyle in spades, but they sometimes mean you have to get a bit creative when you want to add extra space. Working with the furniture you already have is a good bet, especially if you’re only going to be working at home some of the time. Even a humble dining table or kitchen counter can do the job. You might need to find a few extra cushions to pad the seat for long stretches of work, but it’s a good solution for people with limited space.
Upgrade to the right furniture
Working from home gets much easier when you’re in a space that’s dedicated to the task. The right chair and desk will be good for your work habits and even better for your posture. Just make sure you pick the right furniture for the job.
Figure out which area you want to dedicate to your office furniture and choose a desk that works on the spot. Avoid the temptation to push your desk right up against the wall if you can. Staring at the wall is rather uninspiring, and using your desk as the room’s centrepiece gives the space a sense of purpose and allows more opportunities for decorations that tie in with the rest of your apartment.
Repurpose an existing room
Working from home offers flexibility that many people love. But for those with families or children, the extra distractions can mean it’s much harder to concentrate and get through the day’s work. If you have enough space then it might be time to repurpose one of the rooms in your apartment and put it to work as your new home office.
Remember that this is a space where you will spend a large chunk of your time, so plan and decorate it accordingly. Introduce as much natural light and greenery as you can to keep the space feeling fresh, bring in those helpful organisational tools and don’t forget to prioritise your own comfort!
Keep it organised
When you’re working with limited space the need to keep your work areas clean becomes more important. Especially for people who need to set up and clear their workspaces away at the end of the day, developing a system for keeping your equipment and papers organised could mean a huge boost to productivity.
You’ll need to figure out what works best for you. It could be as simple as clearing out a drawer that can be dedicated to your work supplies, or you might get more use out of a small cart that can be rolled away when you don’t need it.
Need an Apartment with Room for a Home Office?
At Amazing Apartments, we specialise in helping our customers find apartments that deliver the lifestyle they want. If you’re ready for your next apartment, we can help you find a spot that has all the things you need, including room for your home office. Get in touch with us today if you need help selling your current apartment or finding the next one, we’d love to help!