Workspace of the Week: A simple workspace for a small space

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Shareboy’s tiny, home office:

If you work in an office outside your home for 40 or more hours a week, the idea of coming home and sitting in another office can be stifling. If you’re someone who strongly wants to separate work life from home life, an office in miniature might be the perfect solution for you — the way it is for Shareboy. His iPad is nicely displayed as a monitor with the Just Mobile UpStand. The keyboard is wireless (and looks to be the Apple model), which helps with reducing the number of cables on the small desk. The desk — which fits perfectly in this bedroom nook and has a drawer to hide supplies — and light are from Ikea. I also like his use of the clear-plastic chair, an Alchemia Chair by Calligaris, which doesn’t close the desk off visually from the rest of the room. I don’t know how ergonomic the chair is, but since this isn’t a desk that is used for long stretches of time, I think it’s perfect for this small space. This office is simple, serene, and stylish. Thank you, Shareboy, for sharing your workspace with us.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

7 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: A simple workspace for a small space”

  1. posted by Kay on

    Love these elegant workspaces for people who do not have one paper file, even one piece of paper, in their lives. The PaperLess Office–dream come true for Erin, but for nobody else I know. Beautiful dream. Ideal chair.

  2. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Kay — I think he probably does have a filing drawer somewhere, but since those documents aren’t important when checking email and Facebook status updates, it’s very wise that he doesn’t keep them nearby this small workstation most of the time. I also think most people don’t have a lot of paperwork in their homes if they don’t work in their homes — bills are digital, banking is digital, contracts are signed electronically, etc. If you’re fighting with paperwork at home, check out our paper guide to make sure you’re not storing more than you need to:

  3. posted by EngineerMom on

    Kay – I think that space could easily accommodate some wall-mounted clear plastic file holders (like the kind used for mail) as temporary paper-wranglers if you need space for paper. I’m a paper-and-pen list-maker, so I would add a simple notebook to the surface of the desk and those holders to keep excess paper off the desk, then just process the contents of the holders at least once per week.

    Going completely paper-free doesn’t have to be the ultimate goal. I personally would hate that – I love paperback books, my notebook lists, and drawing room plans out on graph paper. The goal is living the best life you can. If you are a paper person, that means not committing everything to electronic format, but finding a way to manage your paper so it doesn’t take over your life. This office space could be easily modified for a paper person, given an off-site storage (perhaps in the nearby bedroom closet?) for papers intended to be around longer than a month or so, plus a simple magazine holder on the desk for papers intended for longer than a week.

  4. posted by michelle on

    I love the simplicity of this.

  5. posted by Ann on

    The drawer under the desk (which is as wide as the desk, making it very streamlined -ie no vertical lines) probably has enough space to keep some paperwork. All bills, etc. do NOT need to be out on the desktop to be dealt with in a timely fashion. I love love love this workspace!

  6. posted by nan on

    I checked this out in the flickr pool. Shereboy has a very carefully defined aesthetic. Worth a look. However, he does have a much more spacious and more fully equipped home office. It appears that the bedroom IPad is mirroring his MacBook Pro in his home office. Pretty cool but just a mini outpost of the setup down the hallway.

  7. posted by Bob Bessette on

    This is the perfect example of a minimalist home office. Talk about making great use of a small space! I love it…


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