Your Dream Office on a Tight Budget - Part 1

Spatial Organization/Zoning

Organization is key and this is why it's the first phase in our 4 part series of creating your dream office on a tight budget.

Storage, sleeping and work zones are clearly defined (apartmenttherapy.com)

Storage, sleeping and work zones are clearly defined (apartmenttherapy.com)

Again, zones are clearly defined for storage and the entire office zone can be hidden when not in use.

Again, zones are clearly defined for storage and the entire office zone can be hidden when not in use.

What do we mean by Spatial Organization/Zoning?

Create zones for the activities you will complete in your office: writing, crafting. sleeping, making videos...some zones can be multi-functional. Start small, think and dream big! Your tiny bedroom can be your office, you just need to organize it appropriately.  You do not need an entire room in which to work. The smarter you are in your planning and organizing, the better you can budget and accomplish your goals.

If there's enough room at the foot of your bed (loversiq.com). Curtains allow you to close off your view from sleep or work.

If there's enough room at the foot of your bed (loversiq.com). Curtains allow you to close off your view from sleep or work.

Figure out the activities in which you will need to engage to get your work done and jot them down. Here are some questions that can help.

  • What do you need to physically do on a daily basis to get your work done? Meet clients, write reports, sketch, make calls, send emails, record videos...
  • What environment do you need to create in order to carry out these activities? A seating area for you and your client, place to draw (desk maybe?), place for computer or laptop, filming area, access to natural light... If your office is in the kitchen or dining room, your kitchen or dining table can become your meeting area when necessary.
Make room for two chairs instead of one. This can be formal, as in the pic or informal as a seating bench or rolling file drawer storage with a cushion on top. You can create a gorgeous office for your sized space, needs and budget (horchow.com)

Make room for two chairs instead of one. This can be formal, as in the pic or informal as a seating bench or rolling file drawer storage with a cushion on top. You can create a gorgeous office for your sized space, needs and budget (horchow.com)

  • What are the tools you will need to use for these activities? Notepads, computer, pens, drawing materials, camera, tripod...
  • Workstation or laptop? Heavy duty video editing/high volume motion graphics etc. will probably mean that you need a desktop. This means that you will actually need a workstation, or a permanent home for your computer.
Will you need a permanent workstation? It depends on your activities. Will you need to be glued to your TV for updates during nba playoffs etc to immediately post your blog? Proximity, proximity, proximity  (photo: celinachurches.org).

Will you need a permanent workstation? It depends on your activities. Will you need to be glued to your TV for updates during nba playoffs etc to immediately post your blog? Proximity, proximity, proximity  (photo: celinachurches.org).

  • Which activities need to be completed in close proximity to each other? Do you tend to have to reach for books to research codes or anything related to your industry? If yes, your book storage should be close to your workstation. Efficiency is important. Getting up to go to another room or across the room when you're in a groove, in full work production mode, is going to annoy the hell out of you.
  • Complete this sentence. "If only I had .................. then I wouldn't have to do ............................" e.g. If only I had a table, proper storage, and lighting, I wouldn't have to do my makeup on my bed. Figure out the items you need and we can help you figure out the solution. You can comment below and we'll be happy to help you out.
Your office can be as BIG or as small as your space and imagination allow. Your office can be anywhere and does not need to be limited by four walls. It can be indoors or out, weather permitting (homedit.com).

Your office can be as BIG or as small as your space and imagination allow. Your office can be anywhere and does not need to be limited by four walls. It can be indoors or out, weather permitting (homedit.com).

.Photo: atthepicketfence.com

.Photo: atthepicketfence.com

Answering these questions will help you determine the requirements for your home office, their proximity in relation to each other and the size of space needed for your work activities. You're now headed in the right direction in figuring out options for the location of your home office. You don't need an entire room to be designated as your home office, unless you need to be shut away from everyone and everything as you work. A small area in your kitchen, bedroom, laundry area or even your closet can work brilliantly. 

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Check back next Thursday for Part 2 - Furniture Selection!