Let’s be honest, none of us like to share. I know we’re supposed to but we all wish we could have our own. It’s okay. We’re all guilty of it. However sometimes it’s just not an option. In fact one of the spaces that is the hardest to share in our homes are home offices. I mean it’s nice enough to have a home office, that goes without saying; it’s just not always the easiest of scenarios when you are sharing with another. So, here is how you can share your home office.
This is by far the most important element of any office. It is even more so when you are sharing the space. You need to determine what you can fit. If you’re lucky enough to fit two desks in the one room that’s always best. If not, try to get one long table or desk that you can divide into two work zones. If you have to share, make it so that you each can have your own chair and sit on opposing sides. Whatever you have to do to feel like you really do have your own work area and that it is your office.
Divide the Space
Again, your layout and space planning will determine what you can and cannot do, but really try to divide as much as possible. Once you have established your desk, think about your filing. We all work differently, and on different things. So we need to be able to keep things separate. Be sure you each
have the appropriate filing system that works for each of you, and that will not get intermingled together.
It helps to have different color schemes. If you want to have most of your filing trays and cabinets blue, then your partner will get orange (or whatever colors you each want). It’s crucial to make these divides as obvious as possible, because as you start working things may get intertwined and that is always the hardest downfall to sharing an office.
It may seem silly, but rules in this case are crucial. You two need to sit down and think about how you use the office. Consider the days and times it will be used. Think about how you will take care of the supplies, because if one person uses the last of the ink, the other will be quite mad when they discover it’s out at an inopportune time. Think about what negative effects there could be, and try to plan ahead. It helps to post a chart or calendar to keep you both on track.
Make it Your Own
Despite how much of an area you have, you want to incorporate elements that call out to you. An office needs to function correctly, but it should also be something that feels like you can work in happily. This can happen with a color scheme, lighting, accessories, and art. If you two have very different styles, think about the things that call out to each of you and find ways to combine them. If one of you loves neutral colors and the other doesn’t, then keep the walls and larger elements simple while you insert some vibrant desk accessories on your own desk to balance it out. You can each get elements you love to make it feel like it still is your office too.
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Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is the owner of the Amber & Honey Design Co., and she is presently leading all design and staging projects. She writes for this blog and multiple other blogs frequently. Make sure you follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
Edited by Andrea Wexelblatt. Andrea is an editor out of Reno, NV. She is a mother to two wild little boys, a student, and a wife. When she isn’t editing text she enjoys spending time with her family in the Sierra Nevadas.