Tips for WAHMs: Building a Beautiful Home Office

As a WAHM, you know how important it is to have a space that is dedicated to just you and your work. We’ve talked about what Moms can do to save money in their home lives this year but what if you’re looking for ways to build a beautiful home office on a very tight budget?

Home Office for WAHMs

1. Prioritize

It’s okay to spend money on the thing you want to be the most perfect.

Choose a focal point to the room—typically this is a desk but for you it might be a drawing board, a craft table or a sewing table. This is where you need to take your time and make things perfect. Everything else can be found through…”creative” means.

2. Discounts A-Go-Go

After you’ve set up the focal point of your room, you need to find the peripheral things you need: a good chair, a printer, whatever equipment you need to smooth out your daily operations. You can shop through thrift stores for these things or spend some time searching for promotional codes.

Shopping online is typically the easiest way to find great things for great deals. But remember: not everything needs to be purchased brand new. Equipment like computers, printers, etc—those should be new and up to date. Beyond this, secondhand is a-okay.

3. Thrifting

Thrift shops are great places to find decorative and storage pieces. For example, if you are a jewelry designer, you can find jars and bottles for your materials on the cheap at stores like the Salvation Army and Goodwill.

If your business is primarily information based, though, thrift stores can often feel like a waste of time. But! Don’t write them off just yet. Thrift shops are a great place to find decorations and clothes for client meetings.

4. Design

How you design your space is up to you. It will take some time to figure out how to arrange the jumble of furniture, decorations and supplies that you’ve amassed. For that matter, the idea you have in your head about the set up and arrangement of your office might not actually be what works best for you in a practical sense.

Stephen King has famously talked about how, while he was struggling, he imagined having a huge writing studio with a great big desk out in the middle of the room and nobody running around him while he worked. Then, when he got it, he couldn’t get anything done. He ended up moving his desk over into a corner and bringing in a couch and a TV so that his family could hang out with him while he worked (if they wanted to). It didn’t long for him to get back up to speed.

So don’t freak out if, after you’ve made your home office look exactly the way you’ve always imagined it should look, you have trouble getting to work. You might need to move things around to get the perfect setup that is most conducive to your productivity. Be patient!

Comments

  1. says

    I need to do this… create a space to focus and motivate me to actually accomplish things. Thank you for the inspirational post!

  2. Maria Iemma says

    How I wish I had something like this to organize myself – I think I will talk to my husband and hopefully find some corner space in the basement — I am going to go to some garage sales this weekend and hopefully will find a desk I can use.

  3. says

    So true! For my craft room, we went to Home Depot and went to the oops paint. We found one I liked and got a super high quality paint for super cheap!! It was awesome.

  4. twitter_scentednights says

    I love your office! It’s so bright and cheerful! Mine is jut a corner of the living room.

  5. Cheryl says

    Great idea–having a beautiful office. I tend to “make do.” And the tips for doing it on a budget are helpful. Thanks for sharing this.