Best Minimal Workspaces
If you are going to go with a minimal workspace for your home or work office, then this article is for you. We’ll give you the basic advice you need to create an uncluttered area that helps to clear your mind and improve overall productivity.
What Is a Minimalist Workspace?
The answer to this question comes down to personal preference and there can be no single definition. Ultimately, however, a minimalist workspace is one that is neat, clean, and contains only the bare essentials.
This means that the first step when creating a minimalist workspace is to consider what your requirements are for working and you will also need to narrow down your list of what is essential to your workflow. In other words – eliminate all tools, furniture, and décor items (projectors, televisions) that are not going to be useful to your productivity.
Examples of the best minimal workspaces are ones that:
Have a clear desktop space.
Your desk should include your computer, your inbox tray, your phone, and your most-used writing tools – and that’s all. Paper, pens, staplers, and other stationery items that are not used daily should be packed away in draws, out of sight.
Have few knick-knacks.
A few special photos, trinkets, and mementos are OK but you want to keep these to a minimum so that your space does not feel cluttered and busy. A good rule of thumb is to stick to 3-4 workspace knick-knacks only.
Have uncluttered walls.
Most people have all kinds of artwork and decorative items on their walls. But these can create visual clutter. Stick to one piece of artwork on your walls or even better – none at all.
Keep the need for paper minimal.
Having papers lying everywhere will immediately make a room look untidy and disorganized, so, keep paper minimal. Don’t print anything unless you absolutely have to and if you do end up with piles of paperwork, organize them in a drawer or filing that will conceal them.
Have plenty of floor space.
When it comes to a working environment, all you need is a good-sized desk and a comfortable office chair. Rid yourself of all non-essential furniture so that your floor is open and unobstructed.
While the type of work you do will be the biggest deciding factor in determining the type, size, and location of the minimal workspace you need, the above examples are good foundational guides that will apply to most fields of business.