Top 5 Ways to Maximize a Small Workspace
Tons of work materials and not enough space? If your workspace is cramped and overflowing with office supplies and other stuff, that can be a hindrance to being truly productive. After all, a cluttered space often results to a cluttered mind.
So, what can you do? Well, a small workspace should not stop you from being productive and from enjoying a space that you will love. In this blog post, we’ll list down a few tried and tested ways to give your small space breathing room and keep your mind at peace.
How to Manage a Small Workspace
Check out the following tips to get started on your journey to a cleaner, clearer space:
The first step to take in order to deal with the issue is to cut down on stuff, declutter and dispose all office materials that you no longer use. Pens with dried up ink, a damaged printer, or staplers that no longer work? It’s time to throw them all away or take them to your nearest recycling center. Go through all of your office stuff and check for items that are beyond bringing back to life and let them go.
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This means two things. First, check which items are worth storing and which aren’t. Do you really need to store magazines from two years ago? Unless they have potential to be collectible items, it might be wise to let go of them. Paper bills piling up on your filing cabinet? Subscribe to e-copies and say goodbye to paper. Second, be smart about storage. Not enough horizontal space? Make use of vertical space—install shelves or bookcases that go all the way up to the ceiling. This will help maximize storage space without taking up valuable floor space.
For more on space organization, check out Create the Workspace That You Will Love with These Home Office Organization Ideas.
Use multi-functional furniture
When space is limited, it's important to make the most of every inch. Choose furniture pieces that are not bulky and don’t take up too much space and those that serve multiple purposes. Consider a standing desk. It is a sleek and modern furniture that will not only hold all your work materials but will also help you get started in living a healthier work lifestyle by making it easier to switch between sitting and standing as you work. You can also use ottomans that work both as seats and storage bins. And, choose rolling file cabinets that you can easily move around as needed.
Invest in technology
Related to the previous point, you can also opt to replace old model equipment with newer ones—a laptop instead of the bulkier desktop or a portable wireless printer instead of the older and bigger printer. Instead of bulky chairs, choose a sleek mesh chair that not only occupies less space but also looks more modern.
A well-lit workspace can make a big difference in how efficiently you work. Little lighting can make a space feel cramped. On the other hand, a lot of natural light can open up a space and make it feel more spacious than it actually is. If there is limited natural light in your workspace, consider using task lighting such as a desk lamp or under-cabinet lighting to brighten it up.
It’s time to revamp that small workspace and make it a more conducive, more enjoyable space to work in. Check these ideas and start with one or two items to maximize your space until you’re able to build a space you can be proud of.
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