By now, you have probably been working from home for a couple of weeks as a result of COVID-19 stay home orders in many states. Working from home during a global pandemic is a bit different than normal remote work, but you can take a few steps to make your workspace more productive and reclaim space in your home by renting a storage unit. We curated a few tips for working from home while still maintaining balance in your home.
Tips for Working From Home During COVID-19
Maintain Your Daily Routine — It may be tempting to wake up, roll out of bed, skip your daily shower and start working, but it’s important to maintain your routines. Take a shower every day, for many remote workers this simple task helps them wake up. Brew your coffee or have a latte delivered from your favorite coffee shop (if this service is offered in your area).
Dedicate a Specific Space for Work — Choose the space where you will be working every day, whether it’s a certain section of the couch, your home office or a section of your kitchen table. This space should only be used for work in order to differentiate home and workspaces. Having a dedicated workspace helps you stay focused on work and not let the distractions of home hinder your productivity.
Stick to a Schedule — This one may be more difficult for parents working from home who may have to help the kids with homeschool programs, but creating a schedule will help the whole family. Get up and get ready at the same time each day and go to your home workspace.
Make Space for Work and Family at Home — No one is prepared for this way of working from home. Many traditional remote workers don’t have the added frustration of pets, kids and partners all inhabiting the same space all day, every day while trying to work. Consider moving unused items from your walk-in closets, garages, dens and living rooms to a storage unit to create more space for everyone to be home together. Clearing space in your home will make working easier for you and schooling easier on the kids when they have a dedicated space for school.
Find a Quiet Space for Video and Conference Calls — Everyone is dealing with the same frustrations that come with working from home right now, which means you shouldn’t be ashamed of your Zoom video background. If you require a quiet space away from barking dogs and squealing children, consider clearing out space in your walk-in closet to use as your conference room. Having this space may be the quiet retreat your need from the distractions of home and a quiet place to focus on client calls.
Benefits of Using Self Storage While Working From Home
Self storage offers renters a variety of benefits when it comes to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Renting a storage unit helps you make space in your home for all of the members of your household to coexist with minimal frustrations and distractions. A few other benefits of renting a storage unit while working from home include:
- Storage units are rented on a month-to-month basis, which means you won’t be locked into a long-term contract. As soon as the threat passes and you’re welcomed back to the office, you can move out of the storage units as your need lessens. In other words, only pay for storage as long as you need it.
- Choose from storage units of different sizes and types. For example, Security Public Storage offers storage units in a wide array of sizes to meet your specific needs. You may only need a closet-sized unit for this temporary time, which many facilities still have available.
- Drive-up storage units at specific facilities make it simple to access your storage unit without contact with any other people. Enter the facility using your PIN code, drive up to your unit, load or unload and then be on your way.
- Reserve your storage unit online and sign an eLease for a touchless experience. Visit our website, find the storage unit you would like to rent and then reserve your space and sign a lease within a few simple clicks.
Spread Out with a Storage Unit at SPS
All SPS facilities remain open during these challenging times with modified operational procedures in place to comply with state and local requirements. It’s our highest priority to protect the health and safety of our customers and colleagues. If your close-quarters feel especially tight while trying to work from home, consider renting a storage unit to give yourself and your housemates a little room to breathe and spread out.
Find an SPS location near you to regain space while working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.