When space is limited around the office, you have to be a little creative with your organization efforts to make the most out of the room you have. Even small offices can be optimized to harbor a relatively large amount of business equipment and supplies. The following are five tips you can use to get more out of your small office space.
Store Items Offsite
If your office is particularly small in size, it might be smart to store items you won’t use for a while at another location. Another location may be empty space in your home garage or even a low cost storage facility. Sure, you may have to transport items on occasion to the office, but think of all the space you are saving at the office in the process.
One way to maximize floor space is to install shelves around the perimeter of your small office. This is a great way to keep boxes of credit card paper rolls and other supplies from cluttering up the office floor. It will also make the office look more like an office to have everything neatly organized with a shelving system.
Storing Files Electronically
Instead of keeping files packed away in large boxes taking up space, it is just as effective to store files digitally. Not only will it save office space to store files electronically but will also save loads of time. Your computer will be able to pull up files far quicker than your office staff will be able to do in most situations, and in addition, the space you save by getting rid of boxes full of hard files will accommodate that shelving system mentioned earlier.
Selling Off Nonessentials
Another great way to reduce the clutter in your office is to sell off nonessential equipment and supplies. When you started your business, you may have gotten a little over zealous with the company account. You may have bought things intending to use them, but never did. By evaluating items around the office and determining which items are nonessential, you will be able to eliminate dead weight that is only taking up space unnecessarily.
Repack Items in the Office Storeroom
If your office has an onsite storeroom, then it may be time to repack it. Often this reveals empty boxes or old paper rolls for a credit card machine that can be tossed out to make room for boxes that actually contain items that need to be tucked away for future use. Rearranging boxes and items to pack things more efficiently helps as well. Compacting items into less boxes is a big space saver as well.
When it comes to saving space around the office, it really comes down to determining what should actually be kept around the office and how it should be stored. Organizing involves packing, repacking, storing, and redistributing items until they accommodate a much smaller space. Getting rid of unimportant items and trash will always help to conserve space. When your space conservation efforts are over, you will be amazed at how much room your small office truly has left over for doing business.
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