As they say a messy home is a messy mind and if you work from home that can certainly affect your productivity as well as creativity. Most home offices are fairly limited in space and can easily become cluttered if you don't keep on top of things and even if the house is not anywhere near minimalist (as is mine right now…I’m working on that) than at least try and make your workstation as simple as possible and a space that allows you to think clearly and work more efficiently.
So how do you go about creating a minimalist (or at-least clutter free) haven to work from?
Find a Quite spot with lots of natural light- besides your laptop and possibly your mobile phone, you really want to be as far away from any other technology or distractions such as TV, and Hi-Fi. It’s also important to find somewhere that is preferable light and airy, loft conversions are usually great for this as they have large roof windows that help full the room with sunshine.
A smaller desk - Of course if you already have a desk and your happy with it, there is no need to go out and buy a smaller one but if not everyone thinks they need a big desk and for what? To fill with unnecessary things, to be covered in files, to hold more stuff? Why not get a desk that is smaller, takes up less room and is just big enough to fit your laptop and perhaps a small drawer, this way it physically doesn't allow for too much excess in your workspace.
Clear your desk - besides absolute essentials such as your laptop, a printer if needs must and a paper diary if you prefer to use paper than digital, there is really no need for anything else so get rid of all those post it notes, piles of pens of which only half work, staplers and other stationary you hardly ever use and if you do really need to keep some of it then designate one small draw for essentials. Also make sure to clear your wall space and not have too many boxes or piles of paper lying around.
Clear your wall space - know some people use wall space for visual inspiration but it can also cause visual clutter and distract you from the task at hand. For most projects you can use digital bookmarking sites such a Pinterest for creating visual inspiration boards.
No more Trinkets - yes we all do it, a little garden of succulents start to take over our work spaces, novelty clocks yet we have the time one our laptops and phones, anything that is not essential needs to go. Josuha from The Minimalists mentions in his post about eliminating the unnecessary when it comes to your work space
Declutter your Digital Inbox - it also helps sorting out and decluttering your laptop desktop and inbox and try streamline to having just one email address rather than multiple ones. Your mind will really feel lighter after not only clearing your desk but your desktop as well
I used to have a small work space upstairs which has now become my youngest sons bedroom so my work from home situation is not ideal at the moment as I usually have to work out of the kitchen or living room and it’s simply not far away enough from distractions as well as clutter and I find this really does affect home much I accomplish each day.
Luckily we are planning to move this year and high on the agenda is a small space I can call my own. The ideal space would be a loft conversion which would feel like I was away from the main home but also because you can make them into such light and airy spaces due to the roof windows, Solstro have an amazing selection of them, you can put in that just floods a roof with natural light, somewhere like that would be a real haven, a quiet space in which to be productive and creative but keeping simple and minimal.