Too many small office managers make the mistake of leaving sundries scattered about. Don’t let office supplies and other items pile up in open areas. Keep them out of sight by placing them in drawers, cabinets, closets and other storage spaces. Though it is certainly tempting to leave printer paper stacked by the printer, doing so will make your office appear cramped. Put the paper in the office supply closet with the rest of your sundries. Furthermore, clean off all non-essentials from surfaces throughout the office.
Perform a thorough run-down of all remaining items that are still out in the open to determine which can be trashed, shredded, stored or donated. Consider installing shelving along the walls to boot. This way, if you run out of storage space in closets, drawers and other areas, your employees can put their extra supplies along the walls that would have otherwise been barren.
- Add Some Color
Though adding color might seem like an unorthodox way to enlarge your work space, it really works! Add some frosted glass doors with light colors to make the office feel larger than it really is. Avoid implementing dark colors as they will make your limited space feel even smaller. Also, consider adding decorative elements to your windows from a respected window film manufacturer. Opt for ice blue, white, orange and/or yellow and you will immediately notice a shift in the room’s aesthetic and overall feel.
- Take Advantage of the Digital Age
Cloud computing and computer hard drives have drastically reduced the need to store tangible documents on-site. If you still have a large filing system at your office, consider scanning all of those documents onto your computer and storing them on its hard drive or on the cloud. Sure, you will still need a few small filing cabinets on-site yet they won’t take up nearly as much space as those mammoth filing cabinets of yesteryear.
- Incorporate Mirrors
The manner in which you decorate your office walls will go a long way in determining how large it feels. Aside from painting the walls light colors, add some mirrors. Mirrors will make the space feel larger than it is due to the fact that they reflect light. Hang a few mirrors along the walls and you will quickly realize that their presence makes the office feel deeper than it really is.
- Add Light
The traditional small office pits desks against the walls. The room is illuminated by lights placed on the ceiling, behind workers. Such light makes the work space feel unnecessarily cramped. Incorporate several bright desk lamps to add extra lighting to the office. Consider adding lights that point to the walls behind computer monitors to provide an accent. Or, if there are shelves above the desks, mount LED lighting strips that point downward. These seemingly minor changes will make a big difference in the look and feel of your diminutive office space.