You don’t need a big budget to give a workspace a new lease on life. Today’s featured workspace was redone on a modest budget, and with a seemingly minor inbox addition that made a major difference.
Lifehacker reader rbstijl had, as evidenced by the photo here, a messy and less than ideal workspace on his hands. Most of us can relate—sometimes you just end up with a hodge-podge office as you try to combine and shuffle the various pieces of office furniture you’ve accumulated.
Rbstijl started by taking everything out of his workspace and choosing to start fresh with a new foundation, namely a spacious but inexpensive desk from Ikea. Since design work is a priority for him, he turned the keyboard tray into a comfortable rest for his Wacom graphics tablet and moved the keyboard and mouse up onto the desktop. Getting the computer up off the floor via an under-desk mounting bracket helps keep dust out of the intake vents and gives the illusion of extra floorspace.
One of the biggest improvements in Rbstijl’s workspace was the smallest. During an internship his supervisor forced him to use an inbox with regularity, and his desk stayed much tidier as a result. He carried this over to his home workspace, and having that single inbox on his desk has led to a much neater workspace.
The Underestimated Inbox Office [Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]