Home Work

I need to set myself up a home office. At the moment my work area consists of either the dining room table, or the kids’ homework / games table in the living room, at which I also fold the laundry.

I don’t have a room in the house that’s free for me to use solely for my own work purposes. I do have a small desk in our bedroom, but that allows me a tiny corner to work, and I like to spread out. Plus the bed keeps calling to me….as does the laundry on the bed that needs to be put away….

My 12 year old has his desk in a nook in the basement, and I thought of moving his desk into his room (that he shares) so that I could take over that space. But again, it is not a huge space, and I would need to maximize the potential of this little nook. And let’s not even think about how he would feel if I displaced him.

I thought of taking over a corner in the living room, but the house is so organized and tidy, that a desk with papers and files and stuff, especially if I am in middle of something, will just attract attention. I also don’t want my private work papers to be accessible to the children, but if I am working from home then I need to be accessible….

What home office solutions have worked for you?

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  1. Sophia Chidgey-Hallan says:

    Have you considered a unit like this http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/10059151 – it might be the solution to your problems plus it when closed it looks suitably smart when you are entertaining.

    • HSaboMilner says:

      truth is I wasn’t looking to spend a lot of money here. I have seen those units in various different forms – and some of them can be quite elegant when closed – I am just wondering how much work space it really creates.

  2. Izzy says:

    I used to own that Ikea unit. I kept it in my bedroom when I lived in a basement apartment in Monsey, and had mo room available to use as an office. I found it rather uncomfortable to use for extended periods of time, but I am 6’2″. I saw the unit at Ikea, liked it, and bought it from a hipster in Williamsburg for $80. If you check out the website Lifehacker.com, you’ll see a lot of home office solutions, including closet offices.

    • RubyV says:

      I second the lifehacker suggestion. Closet and pantry offices are great ideas, and a great use of space. So are nooks under stairs, corners of laundry rooms, etc.

      Now, I know I am spoiled. I have my own office at home – as a full time student I am eternally grateful. It’s a place to hide, study, and even sleep if need be. I have so much going on that the ability to work in peace is priceless.

  3. Bracha says:

    I work at home in an office that is also our guest room. If you don’t have an option for a double-purpose room, would you consider a roll-top desk in the living room that can just be closed on any papers and mess that’s on top?

  4. Farrah says:

    You can always come to Bklyn and work at my “home office” aka dining table. We have more than enough space and chocolate :)

    • Mark says:

      My “home office” is also the dining room table. It is permanently strewn with paperwork, assorted items of mail, and various other things. We eat in the kitchen 7 days a week!

  5. batya from NJ says:

    I have a large space saving desk that we bought from staples. It has room for my desktop PC, printer & various other paperwork that i need to do & it only takes up a small amount of room in my bedroom.

  6. Izzy says:

    Meant to say that I searched for it on craigslist, and found someone in Williamsburg who had it, so I bought it from them.

  7. Philo says:

    How about a decorative screen in a corner of the living room, and behind it a table (for workspace) and a lock-able file cabinet (for the papers)

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