If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford them, larger premises obviously make this job a lot easier, as there is plenty of space to spread desks around and choose a layout that suits you. However, this is normally beyond the budget of most local businesses. Smaller companies have to dedicate some time to creating an organised space where employees won't feel cramped and items can be located quickly and easily.

Take a look at your walls - Are you making use of them? Do you have any space up above that could be used to store less crucial items? If you are handy with tools and like a bit of DIY, try and get a couple of shelves up. If you're not, consider investing in built-in wall storage. With doors that can section off an area making it look tidier, this type of storage is perfect to hide files and general clutter while giving a great decorative look.

Clear up the clutter - Do you really need everything in your office? It is always a good idea to take a moment to review what you are going to need day-to-day, and what can be placed in more long term storage. For example, files and documents can now be stored online in a cloud system so there is no need to hold onto the paper copies. Be careful though, financial documents have to be kept for a minimum of seven years to comply with legislation, so don't throw these out without checking the dates.

Specialised office equipment - Can you improve the quality of your office furniture? It makes sense to keep things minimal in a smaller office space whilst doing everything possible to keep employees focused on the task in hand. Choose desks with built in storage, pedestals with three drawers and mobile filing cabinets. All these small tweaks can help maintain the organisation of your office over months and years rather than just a few weeks.

Optimising the space in your office is something that is often overlooked, but you need your workspace to suit its purpose and be a help instead of a hindrance. Investing in the right furniture and taking the time to arrange it correctly can pay dividends in the long run.