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How to Create an Organized Home Office on a Budget

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Beset by public transport, traffic and long commutes, working from home is a dream for many people. Creating an attractive, effective working space, however, can be quite challenging with a limited budget. Your office is where you will be spending seven to eight hours, five days a week, so you will want to feel both comfortable and inspired. Need help crafting this magical space? Read on for some ideas on where to start.

Planning

The key with any decorating or renovation project is to give yourself plenty of time to plan; the planning process allows you to be innovative, prepared and less stressed. It also decreases the chances of impulsive, hasty spending; if you have a shopping list, you are less likely to be tempted by supposed bargains or must-haves. Create a detailed floor plan that specifies where each item will be placed, taking into account factors such as glare, external sound and intended use.

20140321 - home officeUse Existing Items

Now that you have a list of necessary items, it’s time to obtain them! Before you despair over sky-high prices and transport costs, think of your home as a shop. As you walk through each room, look around with laser-like focus and try to think outside the box; that dusty beanbag could be ideal for mini breaks, while pens and other stationery often turn up in unexpected places. Avoid the urge to buy shiny, new items and you will save a lot of money.

Search for Bargains

If you have your heart set on a new table or ergonomic chair, take the time to research any current bargains, deals or stock clearances. Stores such as Super A-Mart advertise sales online as well as through conventional marketing channels, so check out store websites for a quick, easy way to scope out what’s available.

Second-hand Furniture

A more low-cost option is to buy your furniture second-hand from thrift stores, markets or garage sales. Some businesses actually specialise in selling recycled office furniture, so if you are feeling dubious about the quality of items you will find elsewhere, this could be more up your alley. Ultimately though, if you want the savings, you will need to be open-minded and adjust your expectations.

Do it Yourself

Ever desired to be more creative? To develop new skills in renovation? This is the ideal time to throw on those overalls, get messy and let your imagination take over. Doing your own painting and wallpapering, or redecorating furniture will save you a lot of money. Work with your partner or ask for help from friends and family; a collaborative effort will make the time go quicker and the project much more fun.

There are many ways to build a brand new home office and stay within budget at the same time. Hopefully this article has provided you with a few ideas on how to get started. Do you have any further ideas to add? Comment in the section below to share them.

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AUTHOR Derek

My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.

2 Comments

  1. Great information and excellent tips! I will be using those tips when I create my home office. The only problem, I only have my bedroom to use.

    • Haha. It might be time to look online for some used IKEA furniture! Either that, or you can easily make a dropdown desk that flips down from the wall.


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