If you’re one of the millions of people working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, you’ll probably be in unfamiliar territory. Chances are you’ve never considered how your home could function effectively as an office – and if space is at a premium, you might be wondering if it’s possible at all, especially if you have the kids to contend with too.
Needless to say, this is where decluttering can come in handy. By tidying the space around you (however limited it might be) and making effective use of storage, you should find working from home that little bit easier. A good old declutter can also help your mental wellbeing, which is particularly important in the current climate.
With that in mind, here are some of our best storage and decluttering tips for making your home work-friendly.
Seek out the nooks
Are there any areas of your house that are currently underutilised, or could potentially be repurposed as workspace? If you currently hang coats and shoes under the stairs, consider moving them somewhere else, whether that’s a wardrobe or another area of the house where they won’t take up too much space.
Consider flat surfaces
Leaving too many items on the floor will only make your workspace feel more cluttered, so consider moving smaller items to any flat surfaces you have around the home – this might be a mantelpiece, windowsill or kitchen top. Alternatively, are there any drawers or cupboards that could serve as a temporary home for your clutter?
Keep it together
By keeping everything organised, it will relieve the stress of trying to find something when you need it most. A designated drawer for stationery, tools or paperwork is much better than storing it all in the same drawer. The better organised your stuff, the more organised you will feel when sitting down to work. As they say: a cluttered home creates a cluttered mind.
Make some money
This time at home is a good opportunity to take stock of all your belongings and identify anything that could be sold online. Whether it’s books, CDs or electrical equipment that’s still in decent working order, there are plenty of websites where you can flog unwanted items. Declutter and make a little money at the same time – it’s the best of both worlds.
Don’t forget the attic
Not all homes are blessed with an attic, but if you’re one of the lucky ones, it could be your saviour when it comes to lockdown decluttering. If there are any household items you’d like to keep, but which are currently impeding on your (temporary) workspace, what better place to store them than that space just below the roof?
Dig out those carrier bags
We all know that carrier bags can come in handy at the best of times – not least when you’re looking to free up some space in the house. Provided you have somewhere out of sight to store them, you can use your leftover carrier bags for all manner of household clutter, opening up space for an attractive home office.
Look at small box storage
If you’ve exhausted all the possible space in your house, our cost-effective small volume and box storage service could be the ideal solution to your home working conundrum.
Once you’ve told us what you need storing, we’ll deliver the appropriate number of boxes to your home, and can even take care of packing if required. Your belongings will then be transported to our secure storage facility and stored for as long as you need.