With these tough economic times there are numerous businesses that are closing and moving, however, there’s been a reciprocal boom in new startups, with many who’ve had their careers derailed in Alberta’s downturn setting down fresh entrepreneurial roots.
According to the city, over the first nine months of the year, some 6,176 new business licenses have been taken out, giving some hope to business leaders. Many of these new businesses are working from home which presents its own challenges including work space. So we wanted to give you a few DIY suggestions on how you can optimize your workspace.
1. Stack Mason Jars
Go to the dollar store and get five mason jars and hot glue them together in a pyramid as shown. Once dry tip on their side and use for spacious little cubbies for pens, pencils, staples, and other small items.
2. Binder Clips To De-Tangle Cords
Since we don't live in a wireless world yet a great way to help keep your wires from getting tangled up is to use binder clips. Just clip them to the side of a desk to hold USB and other cables. Thread through the metal part to keep cords tangle free.
3. Jelly Jar Storage
Don't have much room on your desk but need some storage for your small items then hold on to some of your Jelly jars. Once their clean remove the desired shelf and place upside down on work surface. Space the lids two inches from another. Screw, nail, or hot glue the lid in place. Return to shelf and screw in jars.
4. Peg Board
Make your storage into some decorative like shown in the picture by framing a pegboard, painting it, add some hooks and then hang it above the desk to store items. The peg board can hold small items like scissors and tape.
5. Re-Use An Old Shutter
At Budget Storage we love the idea of re-purposing something used into something with a new function instead of filling up our landfills. One idea is to use an old shutter to hold pending or paid bills. Or use the top half as the inbox and the bottom half for out bound bills.
6. Shoe Box Storage
Bet you never thought you could use those shoe boxes for something other than storing some of your shoes, well we think they would make a great storage area for your business. Pin together shoe boxes with clips to store light books and papers. If you prefer to be more decorative, cover the shoe boxes in shelf lining or wrapping paper.
7. Re-Purpose Magazine Holders
Another repurpose idea for you, attach new or used magazine holders to a shelf to hold items. Paint or cover with shelf paper to match the room decor.
8. Re-purpose Wall Brackets
Re-purposed wall brackets make a lovely magazine, envelope, or paper holders. The fancy look will add a touch of class to your office at home or at work.
9. Make a desk from Bookcases
Turn bookcases and an old door into a beautiful desk with plenty of storage. The low bookcases provide plenty of storage to keep the desk clear of clutter.
10. Cereal Box Drawer Dividers
Those small packs of cereal boxes covered in shelf liner or wrapping paper make for great divided storage in a desk drawer. Use an Exacto knife to trim the boxes to suit the drawer and divide your desk drawer into sections so you can quickly find and keep your items organized.
11. Hidden Desk
Working out of a guest bedroom and want to keep the room looking nice for when guests come to stay. Easy, just use two upright bookcases with hinges to make a lovely way to hide a desk. The desktop is designed to fold up when the desk is ready to close and your guests will be none the wiser.
12. Hanging Storage Bins
I personally love this one and if you're a person who likes to use disinfectant wipes this idea is perfect for you too. To create this look re-purpose your disinfectant wipe containers by cutting them down and adding a hole as shown in the picture. Get a piece of wood, paint it whatever colour matches with your decor and add some knobs so you can hang your containers.
13. Re-Purpose An Old Window
An old windowcan receive new life as a storage space for the office. Hang reminders and use the chalkboard for family reminders. The project can be completed in an afternoon.
14. Mail Sorter
Create a mail sorter with canvas. Those who sew will really love this idea. There are four categories to store bills or use as an in and out box.
15. Wine Rack Organizer
Re-purpose a wine rack into a beautiful organizer for your desk. Place empty cups into the spots that hold the wine. And use the cabinet above to store extra supplies.
16. Office In A Chest
Storage chests make for some beautiful decor in your house and they can also be used as a great storage area for your office files and supplies which will keep your home looking beautiful while still working as storage.
At some point, after you start a new business finding storage for your office files can be difficult especially if you want to keep your home from looking cluttered. A great way to solve that issue is using a business storage unit like we provide at Budget Storage Calgary. Are low rates are affordable and all of our storage units are clean, dry, heat controlled and have 24 security.
17. Muffin Tin Storage
Have an old muffin tin you were ready to throw out, instead convert it into storage to help you organize odds and ends in your desk drawer.
18. Convert A Wall
Create a giant ribbon wall. Staple batting and desired fabric to the wall. Use fabric tacks to attach the ribbon. The converted wall will hold papers and much more.
19. Magnetic Knife Racks
Hang magnetic knife racks vertically to create added storage. Attach hooks for added space.
20. Hang Kitchen Wire Racks
Kitchen wire racks may also double in the home office for added storage. These may be purchased almost anywhere. Simply look in the kitchen aisle for the racks.
Budget Storage Calgary
Still, need more space to store your business supplies and files then Budget Storage Calgary is the perfect business storage solution provider for you. We offer affordable rates, some of the lowest in the city of Calgary. Our storage facilities offer a range of sizes and all of our business storage units are clean, dry, pest free, heat controlled and secure. Give us a call today to get a quote for one of our storage units and take advantage of our 3-month storage special where we offer the 1st month free and 20% off on our standard prices. Call us today at (403) 274-1413.