4 decluttering techniques for your new office

Are you moving your business into a new office? Corporate relocations are a great time to get your new workspace decluttered. After all, it’s a time when you’re moving all your furniture and equipment, or using business relocation services to do so – why not treat it as a chance for a fresh, clean start?

With that in mind, here are five techniques for decluttering your office, either before or after you move premises:

1) Go paperless

In 2016, we’re a little closer to a paperless workplace. According to Ricoh, 85 per cent of businesses struggle to manage all their documents, so 91 per cent of employees use their mobiles (among other devices) to access digital forms.

If you can digitise as much of your paperwork as possible before your move, you’ll have fewer boxes for your business removalists (potentially saving money) and a neater office when you settle in your new premises.

Don't lug all that paperwork around. Plan ahead to make moving business easier.Don’t lug all that paperwork around. Plan ahead to make moving business easier.

2) Only take what you need

Does your new office have a recycling scheme like your old one? Is the new office kitchen already stocked with appliances? Knowing the answers to these kinds of questions before you move gives you an impression of what you need to take with you, and what can be discarded of.

For instance, you won’t want to take your four or five recycling bins if there’s no scheme in place for emptying them, nor will you want two coffee pots or microwaves taking up your valuable new kitchen space.

If you can digitise as much of your paperwork as possible before your move, you’ll have fewer boxes for your business removalists.

3) Abandon the boxes

If you’re planing on lugging tens to hundreds of cardboard boxes from one office to another, you’ve got a number of problems. First is sourcing them, with someone usually tasked to find them locally or buy them from a supplier.

You’ll then have to store them until the big move, and handle disposal afterwards. It’s clunky, it can be expensive and it’s unsightly when you should be thrilled with the look of your new premises.

For these very reasons, we like to use plastic recyclable security crates as part of our environmental management policy. They’re lightweight, durable and we can reuse or dispose of them easily.

4) Make the most of off-site storage

There are plenty of variables during your business relocation. Not everything might fit seamlessly into place in your new space, and it can be a headache trying to get the feng shui of your new premises looking right when spare desks and cabinets are hanging around.

Don’t be afraid to use storage services while you relocate your business. Stacking some of your assets in a container for the time being will not only help you declutter, but could save you time and stress during the move, too.