What does your home office say about you? Everyone has one these days, whether it’s a laptop on an upturned milkcrate shoved in the corner of your bedroom, a cosy nook with a desk, a shelf and a few pot plants, or an actual, dedicated room with its own sound system and lockable door (luxury). I’m not saying that one approach is better than another, just that they all say something about their users.
I’m somewhere between the messy pile in the corner and the orderly nook. I mean, my shelving unit is a pile of old suitcases, which makes access a little inefficient. But I like it because it means I can choose between sitting on a chair at the desk, or sitting on the floor with one of the suitcases as a laptop stand. Yes, I do dream of having a whole room devoted to office stuff, but in all honesty it would just fill up with loads of different seating options: beanbags, hammocks, exercise balls and so on. It’s simpler if I just limit it to this corner.
I can’t say I’ve ever had a thing for designer office interiors. Melbourne probably has plenty of examples of lovely ones, and I’ve got nothing against them, but I really don’t need that much aside from a tidy spot to plug in and a choice of at least two ways to sit. Anything beyond that is basically redundant.
Still, I find myself wondering what could be achieved if I invested in a professional office space fitout. Melbourne work-from-homers, what are your thoughts? Would I work more effectively if I had a purpose-designed setup? Is my haphazard arrangement holding me back? Am I sabotaging my career with my lack of regard for layout and concealed cables, or just being practical and resourceful?
There’s really no way of knowing, unless I invest in professional office design services, which isn’t likely to happen any time soon. Now, what does that say about me?