When it comes to creating a home office space, out of the box thinking is needed when you don’t have that spare bedroom that no one is using. In many cases, there just isn’t enough space in your home….so what do you do? Having a designated space for work is essential. Here are some ideas for organizing a home office in a small space from this NYC Professional Office Organizer.
Use what you have. Perhaps you have a deep hallway where you can put a desk against the wall. Or an extra closet that could be transformed into a workstation. Maybe there’s a cubby in your kitchen that you’ve been using as a catch all that could be transformed to your office space. Using wall space is imperative when you have a smaller living area, so hang shelves for storage.
Multi-purpose. If you have a large living room or dining room, you can create a workspace in one corner of the room. Choose a desk that fits with the aesthetic of your room and utilize wall space for a bookshelf. If wall space is at a minimum, try rolling filing carts which will fit under your desk.
Space is at a premium. When you live in a very small home, space may be a luxury. In that case, try a movable office. Choose a small wheeled storage unit that you can pull out from a closet when it’s time to work. The benefit to this is you can truly work anywhere in your home – wheel your cart into the living area or pull up a seat at the dining table. However, it’s important to clear your work area once you’ve finished working and put all your work related materials away.
Get creative. When you have electronics and other office items in the main living space of your home, it can quickly become an eyesore. Instead, get creative and utilize a cupboard or an armoire to store your printer and office supplies. You can close the doors when guests arrive, but easily access your materials when you are working. When using open shelf storage, utilize colorful or patterned storage bins that match the motif of the room.
Lack of floor space? Go vertical! Try a piece of furniture like a lean-to shelving and desk unit that will provide storage going up the wall, but save on floor space. Or try something like a hideaway desk that you can pull out from the wall. When you have little space for an office chair, try using a standing desk. This not only saves floor space but is also a healthy alternative to sitting for hours during the day.
Living in a smaller space does not mean you can’t have a functional home office. You just need to think outside the box! When you need more hands-on strategies for organizing a home office, reach out to your NYC Professional Office Organizer.