Guest article by Michael Peggs.
Just because you’re a stay at home mom doesn’t mean you can’t have your own office. You can still earn a bit of money while the kids are at school. You don’t even need a lot of space to create a home office, or money to invest in furniture or equipment. If you already have an office and want to remodel it, you can turn it into a DIY project! You can be your very own Duke of Design!
Here are some ideas for getting started:
Put the closet to use – You can turn a closet into an office or add extra space to your office by unhinging the closet door. Get rid of the hanging rods and install two shelves: one low shelf for the PC and photo frames, and one high shelf for storage. If you already have a PC desk, just opt for the top shelf and stick the file cabinet on the closet floor
Use jars for storage – Make a pyramid out of multiple mason jars. Just hot glue them together and place them on top of your desk or cabinet. Use the pyramid of jars as spacious cubbies for your office supplies. Assign a specific type of supply to each jar. Instructibles.com has a good tutorial on cleaning glass jars.
Paint the walls – Your office shouldn’t just be comfortable, it should also be aesthetically appealing. If the current decor and color scheme are boring, it’s time to paint. Go with a color that inspires and motivates you. Some women prefer calming shades like light blue or botanical green to perform. Other women prefer bright colors. If the home office has low windows or ceilings, consider pastel colors like lilac or peach.
Install open shelving on the wall – Floating shelves allow you to organize your folders and other important items without having to compromise space. Find out what kind of material your wall is made of before you begin. Ideally, you should be able to attach floating shelves to a wall stud. However, if you are working with plaster or drywall, you will need anchors to build a sturdy foundation for the shelves. For plaster, use regular wall anchors. For drywall, use butterfly or toggle anchors. Make sure you get anchors that will be strong enough to support whatever items you plan to place on the shelves.
Repurpose an old shutter – Use an old window shutter as an organizer for notes and bills. Remove the piece on the backside so that you can leave the slats closed. After scrubbing clean and repainting (learn how at SheKnows.com), hang the shutter up in your home office and use the slats as slots to keep important papers in. You can also use it as a pegboard.
Choose warm, homey accessories – Unless you prefer the contemporary look of a modern office, choose accessories that enhance the cozy feeling of your home office. Create a decorative waste basket (learn how at HGTV), hang inspirational paintings on the wall, display family pictures in gold frames, etc.
Creating or remodeling a home office doesn’t have to be difficult. It just takes a bit of creativity!
Michael Peggs is the founder of Marccx Media, a digital marketing agency specializing in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM). Before Marcxx, Peggs worked at Google in business development, forming digital media and advertising partnerships in the United States and Asia. He is also a contributor to The Huffington Post, FastCompany and Business Insider as well as and podcaster, hosting the iTunes Top 10 New & Noteworthy Podcast You University.