So many across the nation are recreating their traditional office spaces. COVID-19 has forced many of us to work from our home’s kitchen tables or a corner in the living room or even just the couch and coffee table.
If you find yourself needing to work from home long-term, a Cook Portable Warehouse can be easily converted into a home office. Then, you can have a dedicated space for productivity sitting right outside your back door! Check out these 15 other inventive ways to use a Cook building!
No matter where your office is, here are a couple tips to get your space ready for a productive day.
Go paperless, if possible
Go through the papers you have on top of your desk, in drawers and filing cabinets. First, recycle those things you don’t need and covert what you can into electronic versions. Date documents and files with labels, so after a few years you can shred them.
Then, consider what you really need to have at your fingertips and what papers, folders, etc. can be put away neatly into shelves and drawers.
Be smart with space
Because your home office most likely won’t be one of the larger rooms in your home, use the space you have on tabletops and inside cabinets wisely. Shelf organizers are great places to keep books that you need, place vertical file folders, paper and other things inside colorful bins.
Use bulletin boards, dry erase boards, magnetic strips and other vertical space to keep notes, to-do lists and other important scheduling reminders. Place these things right above your desk, so you never miss another appointment.
Reuse what you have
Repurpose a Rolodex as a place to keep all your passwords, login information or even recipes in one place! Use an adjustable desk organizer to keep your paperwork organized in different categories, such as mail to open, bills to pay, items to file, etc.
You can also paint and repurpose extra ice-cube trays for those small items that need to be kept close. Cover shoeboxes with pretty contact or scrapbook paper for an easy way to keep your stuff together on top of a desk or inside cabinets.
Add personality and inspiration
Don’t forget to add a little personality to your space. What do you enjoy looking at? Does your window need a curtain? Do your walls need a few pictures or inspirational quotes? It’s your space in your home, transform it into a space that invites your best work.
More than any other room, it’s important to keep your home office free of distractions. Try to move things such as televisions, reading materials and games out into the living room or bedrooms. Then, you can get your work done quickly and get back to enjoying time with family and friends.
If you need additional space for all your family’s stuff, think about adding a Cook shed to your yard. It makes a great blank canvas for storage or to create your own backyard home office.