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Setting up An Office to Also Function as a Guest Room

Most home offices these days also need to function as an entirely separate space—housed all within one room. I always suggest folks make a list of what they envision for the space; accounting for your specific needs. Make sure to anticipate the needs of your guests as well. After assessing what the requirements for the space are, you might have to cross some things off to make the goals realistic. But at least you’ll have a solid road map to follow in order to set up your office / guest room. Here are some questions to get you going in the right direction:

1. How often do you have guests? If it’s more than once a month, can you tolerate being ‘kicked out’ of your home office which could interrupt work that needs to be done?

2. Alternatively, how often will you be using the office? Is the space more for bill paying and web surfing? Or will this home office function as your sole workspace with regular office hours?

3. Is it important to you to offer guests a pull out couch or will a blow-up bed suffice?

4. Will guests need a set of dresser drawers to unpack their clothes into? Do you need to leave some hanging room in the closet for their clothes? Or can you get away with a luggage rack? You might also divide  a dresser in half: a portion can store office supplies and the rest can be left free for guests.

5. Is there an closet in this room? Besides office supplies, what else does it need to house? What contents do you feel comfortable letting guests have access to? If there’s only a hanging rod, think about dividing the space up by creating some shelving. Use a freestanding unit  or DIY a few with brackets (both can be found at your local hardware store).

Image used with permission under Creative Commons License from Flickr user elisaself

Beth Zeigler knew she was on an organizing path when at the age of 5 she was maximizing her closet space to function as a second bedroom for her dolls. Throw in her background of delegating tasks to her younger brother throughout childhood–and her transition to organizing developed quite organically. Check out her web site at Bneato!

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