In domestic life, the small house movement is gaining a lot of attention as people are learning to live in smaller spaces for economic and environmental reasons. In the business world, small to medium-sized companies that don’t have a great deal of storage at their disposal are looking for ways to juggle expanding business demands while operating from a limited space. Here, we’ll examine a straightforward method for getting the most out of the available space you have for storing inventory, whether it be within your office or small warehouse.
Making the Best use of Space
The first step is to assess what you can do with the space you have. If you’re already using shelving, is it a matter of installing some new ones that can hold more items? Often vertical space isn’t used as efficiently as it could be. Using that underutilized vertical space along walls can be a great way of making some much needed room for storing inventory. If you’re going to be storing inventory higher, make sure you’ve got a safe platform from which to reach items overhead, and keep heavy or cumbersome items on lower shelves.
Getting Proactive and Organized
Take a critical look at your inventory to determine whether you’re storing items in a way that makes the most sense. You may find that shuffling some things around will result in greater efficiency. For example, you could group like items on shelves, keeping smaller items in a clear container, so it’s easy to find items quickly. Use labels for shelves or for opaque boxes, so you don’t need to rifle through them to find what you need.
Also, remember that not everything has to go on a shelf. For example, a handy way to store tools for easy access is to use an over-the-door shoe organizer.
Alternatives Outside the Office
If, after reorganizing, you find that you still need some extra room, you can track down some local storage companies that offer affordable, safe storage for your excess storage. You can use this storage space for items you might not need every day. As a bonus, you may find that a business storage facility is something you can write off on your taxes.
Tackling your storage problems may be an overwhelming task at first, but devising a plan and then obtaining the means for achieving it can help your business run more smoothly and reduce day-to-day stress. With the suggestions here, you’ll be able to make the best use of the space you have or expand into rentable storage units. Getting your storage area or warehouse organized is just a matter of using the physical space you have to your advantage. Your goal should be to prioritize the items you know will be in demand and keep them close at hand. The solutions you need may not only be within your reach, but they’ll be within your budget and increase your company’s productivity.