These days, more and more Americans are working from home. However, many people do not have a spare room to use for a home office. But working at your kitchen table, or on your living room couch, or in your bed, may not be the most optimal situation. After all, you may be thinking more about eating, relaxing, or sleeping from these locations than you may be thinking about working. So here are some tips on how and where to set up a home office, even when space is at a premium.

Where you should you set up your home office?

It really depends upon your individual situation, but you really don’t need a ton of space to have a home office. One important thing is that your space should be for work and only work. It will be too difficult to truly focus on your work if the space is also dedicated to other purposes.

While having a spare room is ideal, you do not need to have a room solely dedicated to an office. For example, you can split up part of your living room, bedroom, or even kitchen into a work area. Something as small as a nook or a corner can work for you. Some people have even turned closets into their home office.

Think about using all the space available

For example, if you use a closet or a nook to put a desk and computer, why not use the wall area to put up shelves, a calendar, and a bulletin board?  This is a good way to use up all the space available.

Another way to use your limited space to maximum efficiency is to have items that serve multiple functions. For example, if you have a cabinet that can serve as part of your workspace as well, or a computer desk that also has places to store items, you can get the best bang for your buck. Since your space is limited, you should try to have all-in-one items, such as an all-in-one printer/fax/copy machine.

What happens in the home office stays in the home office

It is important that you keep your home office organized, and have places for every part of your work in the home office. Otherwise, your home office will take over the rest of your home like kudzu.

On the same token, don’t let the rest of your home intrude on your home office. Life coaching experts say it could be too distracting, and keep yourself from getting work done.

If you can, partition your home office from the rest of your home

There are partitions and screens that you can buy that can make your home office a true separate space from the rest of your home. You can also put up a curtain or some other sort of covering to keep the office separate. It will not just maintain privacy and quiet, but it can keep you from starting at your office when you are “off work” and trying to relax at home.