Even though many of us like to dream big when it comes to our entrepreneurial ideas or careers, not many of us have the luxury of a large home office.

However, feeling cramped, being surrounded by paperwork and staring at the same four walls all day can take its toll – mentally, creatively and even physically.

So with that in mind, here are some easy-to-follow tips that will help you create the illusion of space in your home office – whether you’ve just got a corner in a room or you have the luxury of your garden shed.

Flood the Room with Light

Light is so important, not just in creating the feel of space but in boosting your energy levels and keeping you motivated. If possible, let in as much natural light as you can. But if you can’t, be sure to have a large overhead light that casts great light around the room.

You might also want to install task lighting which helps you create the perfect lighting for drawing, writing, using your laptop and so on.

Get Crafty (and Tidy) with Storage

Do you really need those files from 10 years ago sat on your desk? And is it necessary to print off everything you receive? Probably not! So start by utilizing online storage facilities where possible and have a tidy up of old paperwork. Place anything you won’t need in the immediate future in a sturdy box, label it up and put it in the loft.

Then, look around to see where else you can maximize on space. For example, even something as simple as tidying up the cables from your computer with cable ties from RS is a great way to declutter the space.

Tidy office spaces are much more spacious and remove any distractions.

Introduce Bright Colours

To prevent your room from feeling claustrophobic, consider painting it in a nice bright colour, e.g. white, beige, yellow or pale green. These colours will really help bounce the light off the walls and will make the space feel so much larger. Bright colours are also far more energizing and inspiring.

Get Clever with Wall Hangings

While you won’t want to clutter your walls in needless artwork, it is a good idea to utilise this space to your advantage. For example, if your desk space is limited, you may find it more beneficial to have a whiteboard on the wall where you can take notes. This frees up the space on your desk (also decluttering it) while allowing you to get organised by planning your day/week ahead.

You might even want to hang up quotes from your favorite business people, philosophers, creatives, etc. Then, every time you feel bogged down and stuck in a rut, you can remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. 

Finally, once you’ve created this gorgeous new working space, work hard to keep it as clutter-free, spacious and tidy as possible. Get into the habit of tidying paperwork away at the end of each day and don’t be tempted to just move clutter from your desk to your floor.

Clear spaces = clear minds.

Published by Justin Schumakar