CARVE OUT YOUR WORKSPACE. In a small dwelling, your lifestyle needs may not be blatantly met. You must create. You must carve out for yourself spaces to meet your needs. A friend once had Home Depot custom cut a plywood slab to fit perfectly over her washer and dryer (located in the kitchen, yes) for a smooth extra work space. Get a similar custom-cut slab and turn a small closet into a small office (just did this myself--more on that soon).