The number of small businesses in Nigeria has been growing over the years which has lead to the rapid increase in demand for small offices. This demand leads us to the question: How to utilize a small office effectively? Below are simple practical tips on how to get the best of your small office space.
Clutter is the death of any small office. If you intend to have an effective small office, you have to continually clean up the mess. Regular offices get cluttered up quickly; your tiny home office with a small desk and limited space can be lost to a few days worth of junk mail and unsorted paperwork. So roll up your sleeves and begin cleaning because it is easier to start redecorating with a blank slate than a cluttered office.
Reduce the use of paper
The reality is a small office will become more easier to navigate by reducing the reliance on paper. This, in turn, will reduce the number of cabinets or other storage equipment required to keep the paper. Instead of paper save your information on your laptop, flash or hard drive.
Use small-scale pieces of furniture
Big desks or shelves eats up the little space available in the small office which makes the office choked up for movement. Get a small scale -pieces of furniture that do not take up the whole space. Small pieces of furniture can help clear up space and encourage free-flowing communication and teamwork
It is advisable to paint the office walls with neutral or light colours. Try using some of the wall space for storage. A couple of wall shelves here and there can help free up space on your desk and reduce the amount of floor-based furniture.
Try using mirrors to help the office feel bigger as they tend to reflect the light as well as making the office space feel deeper than it actually appears.
People tend to ask themselves questions like where do I use this? Instead of how often do I use this? when it comes to organizing and storing their office supplies. For example, if you are a design professional and you use a printer every day, it should be on your desk. If you use a scanner three times in a year to scan legal documents or invoices, it should be kept on the wall shelf.
Observe other small offices
The easiest way to get good ideas for your small office is to look at other small offices and workspaces in your environment so you can improve your own office based on your observations.
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