Workable Office Space: Tips for an Inspiring Office


You don’t have to be running a business from home to create an organized, clutter-free and inspiring office. Even if you have a small desk area, you can make it organized and inspiring.

Let’s get started!

Physical Organization

The first thing you want to consider is the location of your home office if you have options in your home.


I’m going to encourage you if possible to designate this area as the home office. The important stuff is here: taxes, legal documents, bill paying. It doesn’t have to be an entire room, but definitely a designated space. Your mind and body will get used to this and mentally and physically prepare to do home office tasks. Try to keep clutter-free as much as possible. Here are some more tips:


Workable and comfortable. You want to be able to pay bills here or work on taxes, but not too much that you want to take a nap or feel like you’re powering down to watch TV.

Fresh Air. It’s excellent if you can be near some natural light and have the option of opening up windows. If that’s not an option, consider getting a fan of using some essential oils to freshen your space.


Quiet. The TV room would not be a good place for the office as concentration is most likely needed when working on home insurance, paying bills, or reviewing health care plans. While some people work well with distractions, most of us don’t. Try and do in a space where you can focus and aren’t easily distracted.

Well lit. Even if you have windows, make sure it is well lit for nighttime work. I have an overhead light as well as a desk lamp that has varying degrees of light. It makes a huge difference.

More Workable Office Space Tips

A good chair, especially if you will be sitting for some time. If you have space, also consider an adjustable desk that allows you to stand so you aren’t sitting all the time. The more I work from home, the more I need an adjustable desk.


If you don’t have many options for where your office is, say the basement, make improvements where you can. Bring in a fan for some air; invest in good lighting and a good chair. Anything is workable; get creative and have fun.


Some more practical tips for your home office. When I worked at USC one of the great benefits we had was that they would have someone come in and check your desk and how you were sitting. It’s worth the investment if you can find someone.


Office Space Tips: Desk

When considering a desk, look for one that has storage space. This is important not only if your space is limited, but also allows you to have what you use a lot close by.


  • Comfort/Ergonomics is important, too. Keep these in mind when hunting for a desk. You’ll want one that can adjust if possible. Not a lot of money? Check out your state surplus store where they sell a variety of items. You may be able to score an awesome desk.
  • If you don’t have a lot of desk storage, make sure you have sturdy containers to store office supplies or whatever else you will use in your home office.
  • Don’t forget vertical options if you don’t have a lot of options for horizontal storage. I have a couple of corkboards in my office that allows me to keep close things I’m working on and that are important.
  • Make sure you have cord control and not in danger of tripping over cords. There are lots of products out there to coral cords, but you could always simplify it with a pipe cleaner tie or twist tie.


What changes do you need to make to your office? What else would you add to this list? What are the best changes you’ve made to make you want to be in your office?

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