In 2016, a survey showed that 43% of the American workforce spent at least some of their working week working remotely. Most of those surveyed chose to work out of their home. In fact, over the last decade, the percentage of people that undertake at least 50 percent of their work from home has risen by over 115 percent. That’s a lot of people working from home. The rise in the use of the internet, email and social media makes this possible. Many people are running their businesses or working online without ever having to go into an office or store.

Working from home has many benefits. Some of which you can see here at Working from home allows workers greater flexibility, which is especially useful for parents and caregivers. However, one area in which home workers struggle is staying focused and organized. Without a formal office space, it can be hard to concentrate on work when you are surrounded by the distractions of family life.

In an ideal world, you would work out of a stylish and functional home office. You’d have all the space you need for a desk, office chair, storage, shelves and even a relaxing area with a sofa and table. For many of us, this is just a dream that lives on a Pinterest board. If you live in a smaller home, you may not have the space to add the home office of your dreams. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a work space. Here’s what you can do:

Focus on the Essentials

Yes, it would be great to have plenty of storage and comfortable seating, but do you really need it? Nowadays most of our work is stored digitally. If you need to keep any paperwork, you can do it with If you are working with a small space, focus on what you need to work day to day. This is usually just a desk and a chair away from the hustle and bustle of your family home. Anything else can live elsewhere.

Keep it Light

Whenever you are working with small space, it’s a good idea to keep things bright to make the space look bigger. In a confined area, dark colors can be overwhelming and claustrophobic. Keep your walls light and plain, adding a few framed pictures for color. Add different lighting options and try to include a window.

Use Another Room

If you don’t have a free room to use as an office, add your desk to another room. The lounge is often the easiest, but this can also be the most distracting. Better options could be the dining room, bedroom or even at the end of a hallway. If you are moving your work into a busy room, try to separate it by using a large piece of furniture such as a shelving unit to divide the room and hide any distractions.