I was featured in an article in the Guardian today about whether having a room of your own to work from is essential or a luxury when you work from home.
Until about 3 months ago, I worked in the 'study'. The study was also the laundry room, the general dumping ground for anything that didn't have a home, school sports bags, oversized dishes that didn't fit in the kitchen cupboard, a strange assortment of garden pesticides and boxes filled with string and screwdrivers. In short, it was a mess. And a messy room is not conducive to clear thinking.
It was also situated just off the kitchen and right next to the washing machine. This meant that every time I stood up to go to the loo or answer a knock on the door, I'd walk past a pile of laundry that had to be done or dishes that had to be put away. I was also perilously close to the fridge.....
As it was right next to where the rest of the family spent most of their time, I often ended up being on my computer instead of focusing on them. It was too easy to convince myself that I was 'with' my kids while still working, instead of really being with them. It meant there was no off button at the end of the day. The computer was simply to close to ignore.
But the final straw really was when I tried to make Youtube videos or chat to clients on skype. The room in no way reflected my brand. There I was trying to create a lovely campfire feel and behind me you could see laundry draped everywhere. Something had to change.
We had a guest bedroom on the top floor of the house, which was barely ever used. I decided that my daily need for a productive office was more important than a barely used guest room. I cleared out the furniture and plastered wood panelling wallpaper on the wall to create a log cabin feel. I bought a rustic desk and chair, a sofa bed (should we have guests) and lots of campfire themed accessories.
Here's how it has paid off:
So if you work from home and are able to carve out a space to call your office, do it.
Where do you work? Tell me in the comments below or head over to Facebook and let me know. Feel free to share pictures of your space too.