What day is it? Where is my laptop? Where can I find a quiet place? Didn’t we have a dining room table? These are some of the common daily questions due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. The days blend, and our constant family togetherness has completely transformed our needs at home. We are now all working, schooling, playing and eating at home…24/7.
Our normal way of life has been completely turned upside down. With more and more companies thinking about moving employees to work from home permanently, we should start to consider how to utilize the space we have to better serve our new normal.
Here are some simple steps to help transform your home space into a comfortable and functional place suited to your new stay-at-home needs:
- Set Goals: Sit down with each family member to determine what their stay-at-home needs are. What type of spaces will support their daily goals? Lots of sunlight? Quiet with a dim light?
- Make a Plan: Based on each family member's daily goals, determine what room or space fits their goals and desires. You can either restructure a portion of a room, or you can actually swap rooms!
For instance, does your child need better study habits? Sometimes a change of scenery is all we need to inspire focus. Also, take a look at shared spaces. Is the living room unused for most of the day? Change a portion of it into an office or workout space. Arrange the new layout to function for your new goals and inspire work, study and workout habits!
Guest post written by Laura McHolm, Co-Founder NorthStar Moving Company