Home Office Organization Guide & Desk Cable Management
So, you’re ready to work from home and you think you’ve got everything covered, right? Well, you would be surprised, but many key factors to being successful in your home office are in the organization. With numerous key factors that we’ll mention below. Let’s make the home office for you more pleasant then, shall we?
Checklist for Your Home Office
When setting up your home office, you need to fully understand what type of work you need to be doing in it, what you would actually be doing in your home office (artwork, computer work, clerical work, etc.), whether your office will be visible by other people, will you have colleagues see your office, do you need telephones, keyboards, computer equipment, etc., the time you will be working the most in your space, whether you will be making phone calls and business meetings by telecommute, and the final question – “How can you maximize the space so you can achieve what work you want to do with the minimal effort?”
Make a checklist of things you’ll need to make your home office look, feel, and BE professional so you can walk the walk instead of talking the talk.
Light and Background Noise
Lighting and noise are killers in a home office when there is not enough light and too much background noise. Your office needs to be in a well-lit environment, and be sure you are near a window because even if you don’t like the view outside, it’s still better than looking at a wall. Plus, it lets a lot of light into your office space and looks professional. Noise is also a killer because all excess noise is usually too much noise when it comes to working at home (depending on what type of work you do). If you have children, you have to make sacrifices to ensure that your home office is open at times when the noise level is the quietest. Customers, clients, and home-based businesses HATE background noise. This can even include noise outside of your home (cars, trucks, ambulances, and more).
Best Locations for a Home Office
It is crucial to have the location of your home office be in a secluded spot that not only eliminates noise and is well lit but has space to accommodate you. Use a spare room if you have one, or pick the most solitary corner of a room facing away from commotion that can cause problems with your work or your appearance. Clients don’t need to see the stains on your carpet from your children.
Comfort & Safety is Key
Set up your home office to be comfortable and tidy (furniture, color, paint, and other factors). Be sure to utilize proper cord management to not only make your home office look tidy, but also keep a trip hazard away from you. You want to put cords just behind your desk, or in your scope of view (or your bosses/clients). Not only does it look unprofessional, but in general, it can create a messy environment that can take away the feeling of professionalism in most cases. Also, if you don’t utilize cord management (which you can do with something as minimal as using tie straps you buy from a discount store), you will continuously have problems with your equipment. Once a cord begins to tangle, it just gets worse over time. Avoid this by utilizing fixtures to make operating your electrical equipment easier (this includes computer equipment and accessories).
Desk Cable Management
One of the most overlooked organizational tasks is cord management. This is because most of the time it is under the desk and out of sight. However, you can see it more than you think plus you can kick it and get your feet tangled in the web when you stretch your legs out. So, our top recommendation is to check out Tek Dek cable management products to help with the organization under your desk.