8 Organization Ideas for Making the Most of a Small Home Office Space

Here in Toronto many homes don’t necessarily have a large space for an office (or don’t have a designated office space at all!). But not to worry,.  With these organization ideas you can make the most of a tiny or non-existent space for a great work environment at home:

1. When you can’t devote an entire room in your home to a home office, you can save space by opting to go desk-less. Instead, you can use sturdy shelves (Ikea has some great customizable and affordable options) to store your computer and other office necessities.

shelves as a desk

2. Integrate your work area into another room― for example, a double-duty guest bedroom and home office combination ―by sticking to a consistent color scheme.


3. When space is tight, be on the lookout for multi-functional pieces. For example, you can find a desk with a pop-up mirror and use it as a vanity as well. Another great option is an ottoman with a top that lifts to allow for extra storage and additional seating.


4. If you have no choice but to have your home office in a shared room in your home, a folding screen is a great option to create some privacy. There are lots of sophisticated and trendy options on the market. You may opt for one that has a blackboard finish or even a cork board that can act as an inspiration board.

chalkboard screen

5. If your office doesn’t have a lot of horizontal space to work with and can’t spread out, why not go up? There are lots of ways to make great use of vertical wall space. Consider building shelves from the floor to the ceiling to allow for more storage space. You could also place shelves slightly above your desk that can hold your printer, books, and other office supplies. This way, everything you need will be within easy reach while sitting at the desk, without minimizing your prized work area.


6. If you have some wasted space underneath your desk, you can use it to store boxes or containers filled with office supplies, documents, bills, and etc. But be careful not to overdo it here – in other words, don’t put something somewhere because “it fits.” Consider when and where you would want to look for those items and organize your space accordingly.


7. Don’t let the space behind your office door go to waste. To optimize the space, you can hang a shoe organizer on the door to store office supplies.

organizing incoming mail

8. Minimize paperwork and unnecessary clutter by storing as much as you can on your computer. This will give you more space to work with and keep your space looking tidy with minimal upkeep requirements.


Thanks for reading – I hope you liked these ideas and perhaps they sparked some new ideas of your own. Remember, the end goal here is to create an efficient and functional space that’s organized in a straightforward and simple way. Let me know if you have any comments or questions in the space below.


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