If you’ve started working from home this year, you’re probably still trying to get your home office set up in the way that suits your work style.
Those who get frustrated and distracted by a lot of clutter and “stuff” can look to the minimalist design style to achieve a more suitable workspace. Read on for some tips you can consider today.
Define the Work Space
The first step is to define your workspace, so it’s demarcated from the rest of your home. Often, home offices are also reading rooms, storage zones, music rooms, a child’s playroom, and otherwise utilized.
To achieve a minimalist look and feel, though, it’s best to create a specific area for your work, so the chaos of other people, projects, and activities doesn’t make it into your office, too.
If your workspace isn’t in a separate, enclosed room, you can still define it.
Use partitions such as a tall console, a fabric divider, a curtain, etc., or even set yourself up inside a large closet or in a nook in the corner of a room.
Focus on Function
When it comes to minimalism, it’s all about ensuring every item in a space has a function. Each piece should preferably have more than one, too, as multifunctional pieces enable you to get more out of the zone you set up.
Be purposeful about all your choices in your office area, and don’t add things just because you may want them “someday” in the future.
It’s better to have a select few items in your office that you chose selectively, which are made well, work properly, and look elegant, than a bunch of things you’ve thrown together without consideration or need.
Keep Your Desk Clear
Another abiding principle of a minimalist home office is that the desk should be kept as clear as possible. A cluttered, messy desk doesn’t fit with the minimalist style and is likely to stress you out, too.
Make it easier to keep things organized by eliminating as many items as possible. Reduce the number of stationery items you have and store them out of sight in a desk drawer or cupboard.
Give everything you regularly use a designated place and keep it there, too.
Paperwork is one of the most significant issues for many, so it pays to commit yourself to maintaining a clean desktop.
Every day before you finish (or start) work, spend time going through papers and actioning whatever you can.
Set up a filing cabinet or other storage solution to house physical documents you must hang onto, and scan and digitally store the rest.
Throw away or shred anything you no longer have any use for. Don’t store items on your desktop that could go elsewhere.
This prime real estate should be retained for only those things you use to complete your job or that you’re currently working on.
Create systems for yourself so that managing the clutter is quicker and easier. For example, opt-out of as much junk mail and printed statements and receipts as you can.
Also, sort mail on the day it arrives and use digital tools to help you digitalize items in a few seconds.
It helps, too, to examine every piece of paper you deal with to decide if you really must keep it. Perhaps you can access it somewhere else if needed.
Frequently we forget that instruction manuals or tips etc. can be downloaded online as needed and that we may have received invoices, receipts, and other documents via email or other software programs, such as Google Docs or Dropbox.
Keep Décor Pared Back
A minimalist home office is one that has pared back décor. Don’t go overboard with the number of furniture pieces, artwork, photographs, desk accessories, tech tools, and other personalized and work items in your space.
Choose neutral colors when buying goods for your office, too.
Avoid hanging much on the walls, or letting piles of books or magazines take up floor space or add clutter elsewhere.
Use drawers, storage boxes, and other solutions to organize things out of sight, and make sure there’s enough room to walk around between pieces of furniture.
Choose streamlined items, such as a floating desk or a floor-standing option with clean lines and built-in storage. If you need multiple bookcases, select matching ones that won’t draw more attention than necessary.
Also, choose simple lighting options or even an attractive, modern ceiling fan light kit so you can keep your office cool and well-lit without the need for two separate fixtures.
Choose pared-back window coverings and area rugs too, if needed, and take steps to conceal wiring.
A minimalist home office works well for many people as it reduces distractions, increases focus and leads people to feel less overwhelmed by the tasks in front of them.
Set yourself up in this kind of workspace today, and you should soon start to see the results for yourself.