Relocating your office can be a busy and chaotic time, with many demands. You have to have utilities changed and order boxes for moving. In the meantime, you have to keep your business running smoothly and reassure your staff and your client base that the move won’t have a negative impact on them. It’s natural to want to avoid adding any extra tasks to the list of things to do. But early in the process, it makes sense to do a comprehensive office clear out to get rid of any and everything you won’t need in your new location. Need some motivation to get started? Here are three reasons to do a clear out before your office relocation.
Yes, it will take time to do this, but in the big picture, it saves time. You will have fewer things to pack and unpack. The whole office relocation will be streamlined a bit by getting this task out of the way early. With the clutter out of the way, you can pack up what you need faster. By planning this in advance, you can also do it in the most time efficient way for your company. If you have some downtime, you can organise one block of time for everyone to pitch in and clear out unnecessary items. Or if your business is more steady, you can plan a half hour a week or ask staff to check their own work area for unneeded things when they have the opportunity.
Besides the fact that for a business, time really is money, reducing the volume of things you are moving makes your relocation less expensive. You will need to pay for fewer boxes for moving. It could also affect the cost of transporting your office furniture, equipment and supplies if you have a lot of unnecessary things to purge. No one likes to unpack something useless and realize that they wasted time and money packing and transporting it.
You want to be able to get right down to business in your new location. But dealing with items you don’t need anymore is a huge waste of time. Getting the process of deciding what to discard before your office relocation means that, once you move, you are back in action sooner. You won’t be wasting time unpacking useless things or debating about whether you need a particular item.
Planning is the key to a smooth and successful office relocation. The further ahead you know exactly what you will be moving, the better. You can then arrange for the right number of boxes for moving and appropriate transport for your company’s things. Moving your office can be very disruptive to business, and the more you can minimize that, the better.