Are you short on space but in desperate need of a home office? Living in a small space shouldn’t limit your ability to work from home, and with some creative organizing and design tips, it doesn’t have to. So, if you’re ready to set up the tiny home office of your dreams, you need to start with these helpful work-at-home hacks.
Create a Compact Work Area That Fits Your Needs
When you are working with limited space for your home office, you need to be extremely selective in choosing decor, furnishings, and furniture. Everything needs to have a function and fit neatly into whatever nook, corner, or space you can carve out. Built-in desks are a perfect workspace solution for fitting a home office into just about any room in your home. These compact work areas don’t take up a lot of space and can even be worked into your kitchen — if that’s the best spot to multitask in your home.
Multi-purpose offices are becoming more popular for smaller homes as well. Fold-away tables and rolling carts can make it easy to quickly repurpose an office area for other uses, such as entertaining or for hobbies. These nifty little tricks are especially convenient if you live in a tiny home or a studio apartment. Every home office also needs some essential tech to function properly, but luckily, these office options are designed to not take up a lot of space.
Save Money on Office Storage and Save Trees Too
To keep your home office organized you will need to include some creative storage solutions in your overall design budget. That may mean doing some shopping for bargains on shelves and cabinets or making use of items you already have in your home. There are tons of DIY storage ideas online, and you can even upcycle baskets and suitcases to fit your workspace needs.
Of course, one of the simplest ways to save on storage and space in your office is to cut down on your paper usage. Embrace digital storage options for your small business needs for a more secure, less cluttering way to preserve essential documents, information, and paperwork. You can grab a portable scanner to upload any existing paper copies you have and keep up with new paperwork as it rolls into your home. Best of all, you can carry these scanners with you, so you can have instant access to your cloud and storage. Finally, keep mail from piling up by opting out of junk mail and switching to electronic statements for any bills or accounts.
Add Some Personal Touches to Your Tiny Office
Just because your office is small doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Your workspace should really reflect your taste while inspiring you to succeed, so really put your own spin on it. Choose a theme you won’t get tired of and then pick up some essential decor items to pull everything together. An energizing piece of art can jazz up boring walls, while plants always add a calming, beautiful touch to any room. Good lighting is crucial for preserving your eyesight, and while natural light works best, you may need to add a lamp or two to those dark corners and spaces you fashion into an office. Adjustable desk lamps work well in smaller office space and allow you to focus light where you really need it most. Plus, there are tons of styles to fit your aesthetic and price range. If you still have room, consider adding a small oil diffuser as well. Studies show that certain scents can increase productivity and focus, and some essential oils can ease stress.
Living in a smaller home can often leave you struggling to find a good space for a home office. However, with some clever design hacks, a few pieces of functional furniture, and your own creative style, you can set up the home workspace of your dreams anywhere. So, clear out a closet or corner and get more done from your home.
Writer: Alice Robertson
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