Do You Use Your Living Space Smart Enough to Work?


Who has a bedroom that is only "inhabited" at night? Who has a living room only used during the day? Who pays too much rent for a living space not fully used? Who voluntarily pays empty living space with their hard-earned wages? Just for convenience?

There are a few ways to make living space efficient without having to pay for vacancies.

Who Likes to Pay for Unused Living Space?

Anyone who does not live in a 1-room apartment has probably never thought about using their rooms more efficiently for learning and working unless we were excited about it by IKEA advertising. If we think about it more closely, it is frustrating how much money we spend on square meters, for example, to "only" sleep in the bedroom and only stay in it for 7 to 8 hours, while the room only gathers dust for the remaining 16 hours.

The rental prices rise yearly by a huge amount, especially in the popular metropolitan areas to live close to companies. But prices are also rising in rural areas so that many workers can only make ends meet as commuters to avoid the high prices in the cities.

New build apartments have already become unaffordable. Cheap apartments or even social buildings are hardly ever built and rented with endless waiting lists. Finding a new apartment already takes around one year in advance, including numerous applications and overcrowded viewings.

A race against time. The first will be the fastest. If an advertisement is online, viewing appointments are already fully booked. And that within minutes. Is that still normal? Is that human? What are we if we have to beg to rent a place to sleep?

How Can You Use Living Space Efficiently?

Due to the pandemic, we switched to the home office for the first time. We experienced the benefits and disadvantages of working from home. For many, it wasn't easy to get a family and a job under one roof. The living space became too cramped and contributed to the increased stress for all family members. Pushed by homeschooling, the housing estates became a disaster for the most part. And mostly because the living spaces were not used to capacity and efficiency.

Those who decided to be self-employed at an early stage have been able to gain some insights into "learning and workplaces" in recent years.

Co-working spaces, rental office rooms of various sizes and the home office space: everyone has now tried everything that can be used as a workplace.

It is clear that working from home, if the employer permits it or if you work as a self-employed person, is always the cheapest and most efficient. And the fact that so much unused living space is "paid for" must ultimately lead everyone to the decision to rethink and redesign their living space.

There are three ways to create the remodel efficiently:

1. The Bedroom Becomes an Office During the Day or Vice Versa

Having an extra room as an office space in the apartment is a luxury these days. Those who can afford this have a benefit. But everyone else has to get by with less space, and this can not only be achieved through IKEA: using the bedroom as an office. Well, at first you think that this is not innovative after all. A lot of people already do that.

But it is only wise when the sleeping area "disappears" in the room.

For this reason, the bedroom is converted into an office, and the sleeping area is hidden behind a wall. Be it behind drywall, curtains, or partitions. The sleeping area only reappears as soon as someone wants to retire to sleep.

A bed frame that can be set up vertically is a great benefit for this. No loft bed that makes you feel like a child in your teenage room. No pull-out couch that you can vary both for sitting and sleeping, although you can hardly close your eyes with the upholstery and always wake up in the morning with back pain.

Such a vertical bed frame can — with manual skills — be built by yourself or even bought. And if you have no problem with a harder lying surface, you can also sleep relaxed with a thick mattress on the floor, which can then be placed behind the "magic" wall at any time.

The bed disappears behind drywall, curtains, partitions, or shutters, depending on your taste, which is particularly neutral and professional in video conferences if you don't want to present your private sleeping area with nostalgic dinosaur duvet covers.

This leaves the entire space free for a professional office room with all possible comforts that one can imagine and wish for.

2. Several Workplaces in the Apartment

If you don't live alone but with a partner who may also work in the home office or remote work or as a freelancer, setting up several workplaces in the apartment makes sense. So everyone can return to a permanent seat as they wish without having to constantly stow away all documents and work materials to dig them out again when needed.

This flexibility makes it possible to learn, reflect, read and work at any time, without constantly waiting for one workplace until the children or the partner finally vacates it.

Depending on the space, workplaces can be set up in the children's room, bedroom, and living room to give everyone unrestricted access to a fixed work and study area.

3. Working in Shifts Brings Home Efficiency

Shift workers already know this. One goes to sleep when the other is getting up. These families use their living space to a certain extent and unconsciously in a particularly efficient manner.

Since a work routine is of tremendous value to efficiency and discipline, it is wise to find out who can work best at what time of the day.

For example, if someone is an owl type, because he has already spent the night at university and can only go to sleep satisfied in the morning, a living room workplace is ideal for him, or he has his office room that is not used by others for sleep.

Does the other partner — may be the wife — prefer to work as a lark type during the day to be flexible and available for the children and manage their various appointments, such as exams, courses, or visits to the doctor. Then she can — when changing shifts — work in the same work during the day to learn, write and work.

The benefit is that, due to the separate working hours, a fixed office room or a fixed workplace is always occupied around the clock and can therefore be used efficiently. Living space is then used extremely cleverly, flexibly and inexpensively, without paying a few square meters too much.

Shift Work in the Home Office also Has Benefits for Employers.

There is also a great benefit for the employers or freelancer's customers if the home office is used in shifts.

Thanks to the flexible use of the shifts, the employees can always call up international customers who usually become active when the others are asleep due to the time differences. These customers are increasingly demanding all-around service and direct contact, including virtual meetings or immediate e-mail feedback.

To guarantee this, employees or freelancers can "serve" precisely these customers on the night shift, with flexible remote work and home office, and thus expand the customer radius due to the 24-hour service.

Since the living rooms are empty and unused, especially at night, it is wise to combine the rooms in terms of work and possibly equip several workplaces.

If two rooms can be combined, they can be used for the home office simultaneously during the day without generating "waiting times."

If only one workplace can be installed in the apartment, it is particularly efficient to divide it into "shift work" to work at this workplace at night and the other during the day.

If only two rooms are available, it is helpful to "break up" the bedroom to create a free and flexible workspace. If necessary, the sleeping area can be "unfolded."

Especially in the pandemic, where we have learned more emphatically how important flexibility and independence are in terms of time, location, and financial resources, working from home has many benefits.

Because nowadays, nobody should pay unnecessary money for unused living space anymore.

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