Whether you’re working in an office space at home, or managing rented premises, your life can be made difficult if you are based in a small space.
For one, you might not have enough room to squeeze everything you need into your office, so you might have to live without certain items. And two, your small space might quickly become cluttered, and that could have an effect on your mental state when you’re trying to be productive.
So, what are you supposed to do about the problem? Well, here are some suggestions that we hope you find useful.
#1: Bring in a professional to help you
Hiring an office fit-out company could be money well spent. They are well-versed in space utilization methods, and will do what they can to ensure your office space is designed according to your personal needs. We go into detail here on how to choose a reliable company for your fit-out, so have a read, and consider the option if you are less than proficient in office design. Of course, the following suggestions should still prove useful if you decide to go it alone.
#2: Clear out anything you don’t need
This is a no-brainer, of course, but if you have no use for something in your office, there is little point of it taking up room. Be it a fax machine gathering dust in the corner, pieces of office furniture that have since been replaced, or a photocopier that you no longer have use for, get rid of them and benefit from the extra space that will be afforded to you.
#3: Think small
Size doesn’t always equate to better, so don’t be afraid to buy smaller items for your office. So, rather than taking up space with large computer servers, consider an easier-to-store flexible rackmount server solution instead. Rather than having separate photocopiers, scanners, and printers in your office, buy an all-in-one model. And if you have little need for a hulking great desktop computer, consider replacing it with a laptop or replace it with something that is more suited to your office space.
#4: Invest in storage
To avoid clutter in your office space, and to free up more room, consider those storage solutions that will fit nicely into the space you have available. So, you might use baskets for your stationery items, wall cupboards for your paperwork, and under-the-desk drawers to store your other office essentials. Of course, when it comes to storage, it’s important to think digitally too. Instead of burdening your office with hefty filing cabinets, you can save a lot of space if you use cloud-based storage services to store your documents. By making this move towards having a paperless office, you probably wouldn’t need a photocopier or a printer either, and you wouldn’t have to find a place to store vast amounts of paper.
#5: Manage your office cables
Not only do office cables look unsightly, but they can take up a lot of room too. In some circumstances, it might be that you don’t need a maze of cables anyway, as some devices can be connected through wifi or Bluetooth. However, if the cables in your office are a necessary evil, you should consider these useful tips for keeping them tidy and organized. Your office will then look more aesthetically pleasing, you will have more desk and floor space, and you will be less likely to trip over something.
Thanks for reading!