Friday, May 29, 2009

Work Spaces that Work For Both Moms and Kids — by Guest Mom Lara Fishman

For my last post as Guest Mom, I'm going to tackle a big one: work-at-home-space. This year I moved my studio back to the house and the topic is on my mind. As any working mom knows, it’s sometime hard to balance home life with work life. But striking that delicate balance is all the more difficult when there is no defined line between home and work. The most important design tip I can offer moms who work at home is to find a way to incorporate your kids into your work space. They will be less apt to interrupt if you give them something to do, and a place to do it in. Kids like to feel included and there are creative ways to do that.

Once you've established your work area, it’s a good idea to add a toy desk for your kids. There are quite a few space-efficient and attractive options out there, like the Klick desk and chair set. If you don’t have enough space to offer them their own desk, then reserve a special spot at your desk. Another great multi-purpose solution is a daybed. If your work space permits, a day bed is a great way to accommodate overnight guests. Otherwise it makes an excellent spot for kids.

More ideas:
-I like to put aside a special box full of crayons and pens so that they can do their homework beside me as I work.

-In my office, I have a grass cloth tack board where I keep my ideas and reminders. One side of the board is reserved for my stuff, while the other is reserved for my daughters.

-Similarly, we have a marker board in the office. One side is for my drawings and measurements. The other side is for the girls.
-When the kids do come into the office, I can keep them busy by giving them a “job” to do — little design tasks that (hopefully) keep them busy and buy me valuable time to catch up with work.

It's been a great week! Thanks for the comments, questions and feedback. Thank you to Gabrielle for having me. Last question goes to you: What are your best ideas for managing work-at-home-space?

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Anonymous Kristen said...

Love these work place suggestions. Thank you!

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 2:07:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous erika @ urban grace interiors said...

Hey! That's my office in the first picture on the left! I'm glad you like it... great post! I'm not a mom yet, but pregnant with my first and will bringing her to work in that very office! I hope she likes it!

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 2:53:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Boston Mamas said...

A designer friend of mine just came over last night and ribbed me about my office space! It's a hub of creativity (I'm a graphic designer and writer) but oh does the space need help.

Fun post - love the idea of building in some space for Laurel in my office. -Christine

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 3:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Taylen said...

Such an excellent idea! Keep the kids busy but let them feel as though they are working right along side you!

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 7:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger kayce hughes said...

where did you get the lucite legs on your desk? i love it.

Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:21:00 PM EDT  

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