How to Organize a Small Office Space for Optimal Productivity

 - by Lillian Connors

Having a small office space represents different challenges for the people who work in it. If it isn’t well organized, almost everything is bound to end up on your desk, creating an absolute clutter and consequently affecting productivity. For this reason, a solid organization plan can help you keep things tidy. Here’s what you need to know.

home officeOrganizing Based on Frequency Instead of Location

When it comes to storing and organizing their office supplies, people somehow tend to think more about the location of use rather than its frequency. Scanners are a good example of this. In case you are, say, a design professional making use of this device every single day, it is only logical to have it on your desk, but if you use it 3-4 times a year to scan invoices or legal documents, it should be placed inside a piece of office furniture or on the top shelf of the closet. By the same token, if you use your stapler every day, keep it in the top desk drawer or on the desk, or simply place it your office supply bin if you seldom use it. The same goes with all other office supplies – if you don’t use something frequently, it shouldn’t sit on your space-constrained desk.


Using Vertical Space

Let’s assume that your workspace is so limited that you can’t manage to carve out more than the place your desk sits on. Well, you’ve still got considerable wall space right behind the desk, so why don’t have some shelves on it, making use of your vertical space? I’m not saying you should cover the entire wall space with shelves or cabinets, but don’t miss out on prime storage space in your small office, restricting yourself to only your desk and perhaps an odd piece of low-to-the-ground furniture, we learn from renowned Sydney-based office fitout experts.


Concealing the Clutter

Unless you have reduced your entire office space to a table with only a laptop on it, avoiding an office clutter is no easy task. Having a lot of stuff on different surfaces, be that your desktop or shelving, can really shrink the space and make it feel like there simply isn’t enough room. Using baskets on shelves and drawers under your desk can help you store different small objects and minimize what sits on your desk. And remember, if you don’t use something on a daily basis, it probably shouldn’t be on your desk. These five useful office storage ideas should help you bring your workspace in order.


Brining Your Cables in Order

A tangle of cables can look unsightly even in a large office, but in a smaller one it is more than likely to assume the appearance of a spider’s nest of doom. There are different solutions for managing a cable clutter. This article offers 10 ways to get your cables under control and it is a great place to get started brainstorming your ideas on everything from managing cords on your mobile devices to creating a cable-free work environment. Managing your cables using rain gutters is my personal favorite, but you have to come up with the solution that best suits your work space and habits.