This article was written by Jacob Pomeroy
With the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully in its waning months, there can be little denial that its effects will alter the professional landscape for the foreseeable future. Working remotely has been seen as a viable alternative to in-office work for some time, but with the pandemic forcing it as a necessity for those fortunate enough to have had it as an option, it now seems that the mechanics of the workplace have begun to permanently shift and that a new dawn of remote office work is now on the horizon.
With this change comes a new challenge – namely, how to set up a viable office space in one’s already crowded living space? One of the obvious benefits of working in a cubicle, or any assigned working area, is that the environment is conducive specifically to work, and is tooled to limit distraction, promote productivity, and be advantageous to all the necessities of the job. One’s home generally serves in antithesis to these traits, harboring a multitude of distractions and generally promoting difficulty in psychologically separating the work space from living space and leisure space. The challenge then, is to cultivate an at home office area, and for the spatially-challenged (i.e many of us) comes an especially crafty solution – the “cloffice.”
So, what is a cloffice?
A cloffice is a portmanteau of the words “closet” and “office.” I know, how clever! Despite the groans the term may elicit, however, the cloffice works wonders as a practical solution to the contemporary challenge of remote work, and better yet, offers a tremendous opportunity in flexing one’s interior design muscles.
Listed below are a handful of artful ideas on how to stylishly transform your closet into your new cloffice:
Food52 recommends dressing your space up with wallpaper, helping to make it stand out from your surrounding space, and helping minimize the aesthetic remnants of the closet. In addition, they suggest choosing a bold and intricate design, allowing the space to pop, and combined with the relatively small coverage, not be too overwhelming.
Food52 also recommends saving desk space by mounting your monitor(s) using mounts. Ultimately, any step taken to save space is advisable, and removing your monitor(s) from your desk allows for plenty of added space, allowing you to take a thick stack of paperwork and spread it out to your heart’s content.