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Home office hacks to maximize productivity in your rental space

posted on April 29, 2024 in organize and cleaning tips

Whether you're new to remote work or have been at it for years, it's helpful to set up an organized and dedicated workspace in your home. When your home is a rental, with limitations in terms of allowed modifications, what you can do with your space may feel constrained. Don't worry -- with a little creativity and some home office hacks, you can maximize your space and productivity. Here's how to set up a surprisingly functional home office in your rental:

Carve out a workspace in any space 

Start by identifying a suitable spot for your home office space within your rental. Ideally, it should be a quiet area with minimal distraction. You don't need to designate an entire room -- a well-lit corner in your living room or even a spacious closet can be more than enough. 

Add hardworking furniture 

When you're working with limited space, be sure to fill it with furniture that does double duty. For example, this coffee table transforms into a desk so you can entertain and get things done.

Build up your space 

There's a lot you can do with your walls! Add some floating shelves to create storage without sacrificing floor space. Install a foldable wall table to create a desk that appears out of thin air when you need one. A foldable chair is a great option when your desk needs to disappear. 

Opt for furniture designed for small spaces 

Narrow desks or corner desks can fit snugly into room corners. Glass or lucite furniture creates an illusion of spaciousness. Rolling carts are perfect for storing office supplies. They can be easily tucked away when needed.

Create a productive environment

Now that you have the home office necessities covered, it's time to personalize your workspace for maximum productivity and inspiration.

Let there be light

A home office drenched in natural light is ideal. If not possible, it's important to invest in a good desk lamp with adjustable settings for focused work.

Play with colour

Colours can significantly impact mood and focus. Consider cool blues and greens for a calming and productive atmosphere. 

Make it yours

Add artwork, photos and items you find inspiring or motivating to boost your mood and creativity. 

Add some plant life

Indoor plants not only add a touch of nature but can also improve air quality and reduce stress.

Keep it neat and tidy

A cluttered space can create a foggy mind. Use your work or phone calendar to schedule regular decluttering sessions. A clean and tidy space can help you maintain focus and a sense of calm.

Play by the rules

Permanent changes might be out of the question in your rental, but there are renter-friendly ways to personalize your space:

  • Try command hooks and strips. These are fantastic for hanging shelves, calendars, or lightweight artwork without damaging walls. 
  • Divide and conquer with curtains.  Hanging curtains as dividers can create a visual barrier between your office and living space, minimizing distractions.
  • Add pizazz with removable wallpaper. Spice up your workspace with removable wallpaper for a pop of colour or a fun and bold pattern without the need to paint or use real wallpaper. 

Ensure a good work-life balance

If you want to be productive and happy in your home office, establishing a healthy work-life balance is crucial. Here are some tips:

Use these hacks and tips to transform part of your rental space into a productive and inspiring home office. We hope your new, functional home workspace will reflect your style and fuel your success.

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