It's nearly impossible to operate at high productivity levels in an overcrowded and cluttered work space. If you're dealing with this common office issue, it's time to make a change. Lucky for you, we're here to help. Today on the blog, we'll discuss helpful organizational habits while highlighting space saving products specifically designed to get your interior in ship shape. Enjoy!
First things first, you need to give your office a thorough cleaning. Start by cleaning your desk surfaces and floors. Venture underneath your desk to properly route wires and create additional knee space.
Once the visible areas of your space are clean, it's time for a file cabinet purge! Rid your office of old and unused documents that are doing nothing more than taking up space. This important step will help you recapture tons of drawer space.
Feeling a bit boxed in? It may be time to consider a mini-makoever. Assess your personal work space needs and determine which items are essential, and those that can be removed to improve operational functionality.
You'll want your space to feel cozy and comfortable, much like your home. If your office looks like an episode of hoarders, it's likely you have to much furniture! Ditch the unnecessary potted plants and bulky cabinetry if possible to make your interior feel more open.
Storage space is always at a premium. That being said, to avoid overcrowding you'll need ample room for growth. If floor space is tight, you'll want to build up, not out. Don't take up valuable floor space with a bookcase or file cabinet when you can achieve the same organizational space with a mounted hutch. As the average office contains two 36" wide file cabinets, that's a lot of space that can be saved by utilizing the wall space over your workstation.
You can also utilize the space underneath your desk. If you're shopping for all new furniture, many of the executive desk configurations you encounter will come standard with the cabinets needed to get your new interior off on the right foot. If you're looking to improve your current work space, consider the addition of a mobile file pedestal. These handy organizing solutions can be easily slid underneath desk surfaces, and pulled out when document access is required. In 2016, cool file pedestal options are available with cushioned tops that allow them to double as stools. No need to waste space on multiple guest chairs!
Once your space is well organized and uncluttered, it's up to you to keep it that way. Strive to maintain a regular cleaning schedule and the good habits needed to operate at peak performance levels. Take 10 minutes before you leave each day to clean off your desk surface and put away files. This ensures you'll return the following morning to an office space that's ready to work with you, not against you. In the long run, overcrowded interiors can be quickly conquered with a few good habits and a little design ingenuity.