Whether you work from home part-time or full-time, we could all use a dedicated office space. Sometimes we just need a place where we can get things done in peace, or just store important documents and supplies. If you live in a smaller home, or just don’t have a dedicated office room, sometimes a home office isn’t an option. You can still have an organized and effective office space without having a dedicated office.

Here is how to organize your office space without having a dedicated office.

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Define your office space

When setting up an organized office space, you first need to choose a space where you will dedicate to your office. You want somewhere that will not only be quiet, so working in the living room where your kids and husband tend to watch TV all day, is not the best option. Your office space might be in your bedroom, dining room, or another room in your home, but the goal is to find a room that doesn’t get a lot of usage during the day. In addition to quiet, you want to make sure you have enough space to fit all of your office stuff. Keep these two things in mind when selecting a room.

Keep it minimalist

Depending on the space you’ve chosen in the last step, your available space may be extremely limited. This means that what you put in your office area is going to need to be extremely limited. Before you set up your office, go through all of your items and do a deep declutter. You may realize you have more pens than you could ever reasonably use, old papers you don’t need, and so much other stuff. This will help keep your space minimalist while still allowing you to keep only the things you need.

Use the walls to your advantage

Unlike a home office, you don’t have an entire room to designate as your office space. This means you need to make the most of the available space you do have. Use wall mounting systems, calendars, peg boards like this, and other hanging systems to help maximize your office space. This will allow you to put more on your desk, and have everything you need within an arm’s reach.

Choose the right desk

The right desk for an office and the right desk for an office space may not be the same thing. Start by measuring the amount of space you have to work with. This is going to eliminate many possible desk options due to size restraints. Next, find a desk that has drawers and other built-in storage to maximize your storage potential. Since space is limited, you want to find ways to add more storage to your small area, and drawers are a great way to do that.

Whether you’re working from home, or just need a place to pay the bills, having an office space doesn’t have to mean a whole office room! If you follow these tips, you can still have a dedicated office space without the whole office.

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