For my first year of blogging, I blogged almost exclusively from the couch. I would be typing away while watching Netflix, sometimes holding my laptop on my lap, and sometimes using the coffee table as a desk. Unfortunately, this wasn’t sustainable when I began spending more and more time blogging. I quickly became uncomfortable sitting on the couch, typically having back pain from leaning forward over my laptop for so long. The coffee table wasn’t cutting it as a desk. Dave was frustrated that I was taking over the entire living space as my own personal office and dumping ground for papers and electronics. Something had to change. And creating a home office in a small space can be difficult. Luckily, we were able to find me a small nook in the house to put a desk. It was by no means a real office, but it certainly worked for our purposes and kept my blogging supplies out of the way while we were still in our apartment. Here are a few tips for you to create your own home office in a small space.
Rearrange the Bedroom
Depending on the size and furniture volume of your bedroom, this might be a good option for you. If you don’t have a ton of furniture, what you do have can easily be rearranged to make room for a desk in the corner. A small desk won’t take up much room at all. This would have been a great option for me, except that two years ago Dave got me a beautiful vanity for my makeup that sits in the corner. Coincidentally, the vanity desk would make a beautiful workspace if it wasn’t filled with makeup.
Find an Unused Closet
I have seen so many fun pictures on Pinterest over the last couple of years of unused closets being repurposed into office space. If you have no other need for the closet, this is actually brilliant! The space is likely the perfect size for a desk, and there will be space to add shelving (if it isn’t there already). You can liven the space up by adding a lamp, some storage, and some wallpaper or paint to the interior of the closet. It’s definitely something I would consider if we had the appropriate space for it.
Repurpose a Room
This is the route I chose to go. Our apartment was fairly small but had a small breakfast nook off the kitchen where a table would go. We didn’t have a dining table of any sort, so the (small) space has up until now, been used solely for our elliptical. There was plenty of space for another piece of furniture, so I removed the stools at our breakfast bar (because we don’t use that either) and put by desk up against the bar. It has worked really well!
You could also repurpose a spare bedroom if you’ve got one. Ours is taken up by a spare bed, an armchair, and our bookshelves. But if you haven’t filled yours up, that would be a perfect space for a desk. I know I’m not getting any blogging done when we have guests, so I wouldn’t worry about that!
When you’re sticking a small desk into a corner for a makeshift office, there’s a good chance you don’t have space there for file cabinets or an organization system. Use what small space you have to create whatever storage you need. This might mean a small, vertical shelf next to the desk, a raised shelf on the desk or a wall shelf above the desk. Luckily my desk is very near a shelving unit we have in our living room that has plenty of extra space, so any papers I’m working with can go there at the end of the night.
Or maybe you don’t have much to store since blogging just requires your computer! But I love to print off planners, checklists, articles, etc. and fill them with notes and highlighter, so I definitely require the extra storage.
Have you created a home office in a small space? Tell us how you did it!
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