Written by Annie Michels, an Atelier Drome designer who splits her time between Architecture and Interior Design and loves both designing for and living in small spaces.
If you’re reading this, you probably live in the Seattle area. And if you happen to live in the city, you may wish you had a little more space in your house.
I live with my husband in a 400 square foot studio that is part of a divided Craftsman built in 1912, set behind two beautiful cedar trees. While we both genuinely enjoy small space living, we’ve never had to work from home together and we’re unpacking new challenges to this lifestyle every day. For us, there is no stepping into another room to take a phone call or jump on a teleconference. There is no other room for us; all rooms are one in the same.
Fortunately, we’ve packed a lot of function into our tiny house and my husband does have his own desk. But, as you could guess, one desk is about the maximum number of desks you can have in a space this size, so we’ve had to improvise with my workstation. Rather than sit on the couch with a computer in my lap, I have opted to use the kitchen island/dining table as my workstation.
Here are four things I’ve folded into my new office routine to help keep me sane and to help keep our tiny studio from feeling like an office 24/7: