Creating a Home Workspace

We’ve been working from home for a while now, and some of us are still taking up space at the kitchen table. While that may be all well and good, we want to make sure that everyone has what they need to make a comfortable workspace to get your work done at home. Whether it’s a school project or a business, having the right workspace is the way to set yourself up for success. 

If you don’t have a dedicated workspace, consider converting a closet. I know that closets are valuable space and it’s almost unfathomable to think about losing them, but perhaps this is a worthy cause. 

We connected with professional organizer + stylist Muffy White to find out the best way to create a workspace for you at home, and get you away from the kitchen table. “I love making home offices happen,” White told us. “As in you actually work in the office and not at the kitchen table, not that moving around is a bad thing!” 

home office small desk workspace

A FEW BASICS:

  • FIRST: At MWOS we do not ‘should’. Youshould make your bed, youshouldhang up your backpack. You are in control and youcould do these thingsif you want to have an organized simplified space, which inevitably carries over into life!
  • CLEAR THE CLUTTER: Start with a work surface that is clear of clutter!!Only have what you need on the desk – hopefully, there is a drawer close by for things like pens/post its/scissors…
bookshelves surround workspace inspiration
  • INGREDIENTS: Understanding what you want to accomplish in each work session is key. If you’re a book editor, you’ll need books, post-its, pens, etc. A programmer will need their computer, notebook and tablet. A salesperson might need their computer, phone and notebook. Whatever tools you need to get the job done, be sure you have them!  I admit I love paper, so I keep files BUT they are organized, color-coded and I edit them regularly. So for me nearby recycling is a must! Knowing the ingredients required to be a success 
  • C.O.F.F.E.E. or whichever beverage helps you work the best. Make sure you have a coffee system you like. 
  • LIGHT – there is a reason they are called “bright ideas.” Seriously, natural light is clutch and ambient (lamp) lighting too – it will boost your mood and your focus.
home workspace dog
  • CORD MANAGEMENT: Get those cords cozied up – using velcro or washi tape can quickly corral them so they aren’t taking over the desk. Smart outlets with USB ports, task lights have outlets these days too!
  • TAKE A SEAT: in a comfy (but not too comfy) chair. Having the right support throughout your day will ensure your comfort and allow you to work for longer. 
  • ADJUST YOUR PERSPECTIVE: have a view of art, a window or something you like to look at…a mirror (no judgment here!) – it is important to prepare for the fact that your eyes will wander from your desk…let what you see be calming and even inspiring. This is MWOS code for “Your entire office would serve you best if it was clutter-free.”
home workspace clean

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