One of the most popular projects I am asked to complete for domestic clients is to either set up or sort out a home office. Most of the people I have completed this service for, haven't really intended to have a home office but have ended up with a space within their home (usually a spare bedroom) that has morphed into just that because that's where they end up piling up their paperwork.
Because they hadn't planned ahead for a home office, I usually need to start from scratch to get things into some kind of order but once everything is up and running, it's a doddle to keep on top of all your paperwork and correspondence if you can dedicate a few minutes every day.
So, whether you are planning to work from home or just need a space to keep your personal affairs in order, there are some basic things that you will need to make your home office a useful space:
Space to Work: it doesn’t need to be a huge space, just somewhere that you can use a computer if required or simply view, sign and deal with your paperwork. If you’re going to spend a lot of time in your home office, an ergonomic chair is a good investment. If you’re only an ‘occasional’ user or if you’re short of space, grabbing a chair from elsewhere in the house will probably suffice
Computer Equipment: love them or hate them, computers are part of most people’s everyday life now so having use of a computer with internet access is sure to make life quicker and easier. It also means that the use of online accounts and storing your documentation on your computer, should mean that we have less paperwork to deal with. Whether you have a desktop computer, a laptop or a tablet, a printer will also be a really valuable piece of equipment
Filing: a stack of papers ready to fall over at any time doesn’t really constitute ‘filing’ so you’ll need somewhere that you can keep your paperwork in some kind of order. Depending on how much paperwork you accumulate may mean that you can go from something as small as a folder which can be divided, or something as large as a filing cabinet
Mailing Supplies: in order to deal with correspondence, a basic supply of paper, envelopes and stamps is a must-have.
Desk Supplies: a selection of pens, paper clips, stapler etc are always handy to keep on hand
If you’re looking to set up a home office, or if you need to get your existing office in to some kind of order, making this space as organised as possible will mean saving time and effort in the future.
And if all that sounds like too much trouble, it’s time that you just don’t have to spare or you just don’t know where to start, give Girl Friday Harrow a call. She will be happy to sort out your home office for you and make your paperwork nightmares a thing of the past.