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5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Office Space
October 17th, 2012 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler  Posted in In the Workplace

istock_000018695015xsmallWhether you have a cubicle or an office, sometimes your workspace just doesn’t seem big enough. Papers end up cluttered everywhere, you accumulate bits and pieces of old projects, and you can never find the document you need when you need it. But even if you have a small space, there are ways you can maximize it, making you a more efficient and effective employee.

Get rid of your CRT monitor. It’s taking up a ton of room on your desk, and LCDs are so inexpensive nowadays that there’s just no excuse. That extra space can be put to use with organizational systems that will help keep your paperwork in order. Put in a request to your IT department to find out if it’s possible.

Make use of your walls. They can be used for more than just hanging up artwork. You can also use them to organize documents with hanging wall files. You can create wall shelves for additional storage space. And if your desk is facing a wall, it may even be possible to mount a flat-screen monitor there to give you a little more desk space. Of course, one of the most common ways to use an office wall is the bulletin board. It can help keep papers off of your desk and in your line of sight.

Get rid of office supplies you don’t use regularly. Answer this honestly: how often do you really use that staple remover? Look at every item that’s cluttering up your work space and answer that question. If the answer is less than once a month, consider giving it away. You can always borrow that office supply from a co-worker if you need it or add it to a common area where everyone (including you) has access.

Add lights. Dark spaces can make you feel tired, and often the lighting provided by your office isn’t enough. Or it’s that awful fluorescent lighting that no one enjoys. So invest in a lamp or three. If you can, find ways to position yourself closer to any natural lighting in the room. You may find that it helps your productivity.

Organize your desk regularly. Set a regular appointment on your calendar to take an hour or so to clean up your workspace at least once a month. Get rid of stuff you don’t need, and create filing systems for the rest. This type of regular maintenance will help keep things from getting out of control.

What are some ways you make better use of your work space?
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