Would reimagining your space for work and school help you feel less crammed and cluttered at home?
It’s something most of us are being forced to do. We’re all carving out spots for virtual conference calls and quiet work time, while many are helping kids stay focused on virtual classrooms, or finding room to spread out for projects without feeling overwhelmed by clutter.
You may be tempted to consider remodeling, but that’s costly, time consuming, and may hurt your home’s resale value if not well planned. Instead, maybe some creative reimagining could help ease your predicament.
Since reimagining your space is one of the things we do best, here are a few ideas to get you started.
First, consider what’s not working and what needs to be fixed or created.
- What do you need to be able to do, and what features and ambience are needed to help you do those things best?
- Is quiet a necessity? Flat work surfaces? More light—or less? Less cutter or more storage/organization? Room for two to work side-by-side?
Once you know your needs, select your spaces.
- Are there any rooms that are barely used? Or are there any corners or spaces within existing rooms that could be sectioned off?
- For those of you with fully open floorplans, take a fresh look at furniture positions. Could a new arrangement create areas more conducive to focused or project work?
Next step in reimagining your space is to consider your furniture.
- In this case, function should be your first priority, then traffic flow, and finally decorative elements to make the area beautiful (or to hide or disguise it!).
- When reimagining your space based on its new function, don’t confine yourself to the furniture currently in that room. Instead, look for pieces in other rooms that might fit your purposes better.
- If your space is fully open, with no walls or partial walls, folding screen dividers are a good temporary solution. Look for multi-purpose styles. One side might have a white or chalk board or a bulletin board. Or you can convert a standard one by adding paint, cork sheets or white board panels from a local home supply company. Here’s a review of 10 screens that have become popular in 2020.
Storing all those work and school supplies is often the biggest challenge of all.
- Can you move less-frequently used items like serving ware, reference books or holiday items into other spaces, making room in cupboards or cabinets for school or office supplies to be stored closer to work areas? This will cut down on clutter and make it easier to transition from one type of use to another.
If your home has a more traditional layout, you might want to look at ways to make certain rooms, or portions of rooms, feel larger—or cozier.
- A rarely-used dining room makes a great study or work space, because there’s typically plenty of room to spread out, and often good lighting for video calls.
- Use rolling storage units to neatly organize books, files, printers and other work paraphernalia; then roll them away to another room if you need to reclaim the space for its original use.
- Sometimes closets are a hidden multi-purpose gem. Guest rooms, under-stairs closets, generously-sized master bedroom closets are all good candidates for conversion to private, quiet workspaces (with some of the best sound quality for web calls). You might need to rearrange your seasonal storage needs or rent a storage unit, but the gift of a peaceful space to you and your family could be well worth it!
And if you’re still feeling stuck, or need a hand reimagining your space for work and school, we invite you to schedule a consultation. We love to help people get the most enjoyment from their home!