The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Home Office

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Home Stager with Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369

The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Home Office

We live in a small house, just over 1000 sq feet. It was built in the '40's and has a lot of character, that's why we love it!

 
More and more people are now working from home! What's not  to like? I've been doing just that since 1988! There's no boss breathing down your neck, literally, and if you need a break, you can actually go sit on the deck and listen to the birds, instead of traffic!deck


 

Here are some ideas to make your small Home Office more efficient! (Here are some tips for your Living Room, Kitchen & Dining Room, Master Bedroom, Bathroom)


Paint the walls and ceiling in the same shade, that way corners and boundaries disappear. If the space is tiny, only use one colour and no pattern. If there is no window use light, warm colours.

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Many homes have a nook or cranny that can act as a work space. Depending on how organized you are, your work surface doesn't have to be large; less than 3 feet square can hold a computer and  a place for papers as well as a chair.
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A fold down shelf and a stool can work, even tucked into a closet.

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If you need inspiration while working, try your workspace near a window,you should make sure there are blinds or curtains to control glare.
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If your desk is to be in the living room, a console table behind a sofa works well not only as a desk but as a serving surface for parties!

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 A wall unit or armoire in the dining room or living room can hide an entire office. (I had a wall unit way back when that had a fold down door that was marketed as a mini bar. I used it as my sewing center when I was making costumes and if company came over I could slide the sewing machine and fabric back inside, close it up and no one knew the difference! No fuss, no muss!)
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Remember the days of the cinder block shelves? Well an office can be made just as easily with two filing cabinets topped with a work surface like tempered glass or a counter top from a wholesale cabinet maker!  2
Kitchen cabinets with pot drawers can function as a desk and printer/fax storage the same way.

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Go paperless and use USB's and your computer calendar!

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Shelves will always help in an office situation, baskets can hold loose paper and trays or bins for files.
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Cork boards or a section of wall painted with chalkboard paint can help with memos and notes.

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Earth magnets can hold notes to your computer's metal parts, but don't block that fan!magnet

Make sure you have task lighting, no one can work in the dark. Swing arm lamps free up desk space and if your desk is by a wall, mount the lamp there!
reading light



For the health conscious; use a workout ball instead of a chair. I use one in my sewing room, I can stitch and work on my core at the same time!
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If you want to conceal your office; a drawer for the keyboard and a piece of leaning artwork for the monitor! Or a lovely decorative screen can hide a multitude of  things!

screen





Don't forget carpet and drapes to keep the space cozy. It will also help with sound quality. Head phones will also help with distractions.


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And remember; a lap top can fit anywhere!
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Rainmaker
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Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Peg, lot's of fantastic ideas for the home...thanks for sharing with us in ActiveRain Land.

Jan 22, 2012 05:34 PM #1
Rainer
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Ronald, I love sharing! Everyone shares with me... Thanx for stopping by!

Jan 22, 2012 05:40 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Great ideas and suggestions BU-FU.  It just takes a little imagination to make any space work to your advantage.

Jan 22, 2012 09:30 PM #3
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

BU-FU, Thanx! I love the little closet! And the wall papered file cabinet under glass! So many ways to make your space your own!

Jan 23, 2012 02:03 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Closet?  Did I hear closet?  LMAO

Jan 23, 2012 03:12 AM #5
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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Great ideas, Peg.  I like how you put in photos to show off the suggestions. 

Jan 23, 2012 04:26 AM #6
Rainer
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

BU-FU, I didn't think you had any closets anymore! lol!

Juli, I'm a visual person, so I love photos! I've also been finding some great items, I love the USB glasses!

Jan 23, 2012 04:45 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Just a few I hang my clothes and coats in BU-FU...............that's it!

Jan 23, 2012 08:58 AM #8
Rainer
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Ahhh! :D

Jan 23, 2012 10:52 AM #9
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