This week, we’re taking a closer at working from home. In the first part of our series, we looked at how we can multitask with workstations. In today’s installment, we’ll look at how having the right storage system can help create the ideal home office.
There are lots of options available when it comes to storage, and choosing the right system depends on what kind of material you have. Bookcases are an ideal solution and come in a range of styles, sizes and finishes. Bookcases are great for storing, well, books, obviously! But they’re also a great way of managing filed documents, as you can clearly see what you have. A small bookcase might be a good option if you have limited space, or if you do not need a large storage area. A taller bookcase is helpful if you’ve got a mixture of things to store, and the adjustable shelves means you can tailor the sizes to suit you.
You can also find some bookcases with additional drawer space. These come in different sizes, and are very useful for storing materials which may be more sensitive, as you do not have to have them on display. Other bookcases come with glazed doors – this is useful if you do not want everything on display, and looks nest and tidy.
As well as storing paperwork and books, bookcases are a neat solution for storing CDs and DVDs - perfect for ensuring software and system discs are at hand when you need them.
Bookcases come in a wide range of styles – from attractive pine, which looks good in a range of environments, to more contemporary styles, built in metal, or wood. A backless bookcase looks eye catching, and is also practical if you need to have access from both sides.
Filing cabinets are another useful storage solution to consider, to store paperwork. Having a clear filing system – such as alphabetical or by client name, can help keep important information at your fingertips, jut when you need it. Filing cabinets usually come in two or three drawer options, and can be fitted alongside your workstation. Gone are the days of ugly grey metal cabinets, now you can have an attractive pine or even mahogany unit, to give a classic look and feel. For more minimal tastes, a sleek black unit made of ash is a brilliant option – that is both attractive and hard wearing.
As well as filing cabinets, another handy option is an occasional cabinet. This is great to put away bulky things you don’t want clogging up your office, such as stationary or packaging. A printer can rest neatly on top, meaning it doesn’t have to occupy your precious desk space, keeping a better environment for you to work in.
Having a clear, manageable filing system for your work materials means you’ll be able to increase your productivity, and feel a lot more organised about your daily to-do list. Not having lots of paperwork piled up in front of you will let you get through the tasks a lot quicker!