Tricks For Reducing Business Clutter Before You Move

Posted on: 10 February 2018

If your business is changing locations soon, you are going to want to reduce clutter. Just like when you move into a new home, you don't want to drag clutter from one business to the next that you no longer need. Getting rid of clutter is something that you and your employees need to accomplish before the moving company shows up. 

Go Through Your Paperwork

You don't need to save every piece of paperwork that your business has ever generated. If you have a large collection of paperwork, it is time to determine what is really important. Keep any actual tax forms for at least seven years, and keep the supporting documents for your taxes for at least three years. Keep purchase documents and receipts for three years. Only keep customer information for as long as you are using it. Anything older than the time-frames mentioned above should be shredded and securely disposed of. Paper can take up a lot of space, so taking the time to go through it can save you space in your new office. 

Go Through Storage Areas

Next, just like most homes have a few junk closets or drawers, most business's have some junk storage areas as well, where things that don't have another home go to and pile up. Assign a few employees to go through your storage areas. Keep anything that is used on a seasonal basis. If there are items your business has not used in over a year, get rid of them. If you are storing all defunct equipment, get rid of it. If you are storing old computers, give them to an electronic recycling business. You are probably storing a lot of items that you don't really need. Donate items that are still in good shape but you don't need, then recycle the rest, and throw away what can't be donated or recycled. 

Go Through Your Equipment

Finally, go through all the big equipment and furniture that your business has, and decide what you want to take to your new location. Are you redesigning the office with new equipment? Then you don't need to move all your old office furniture. Are you purchasing new displays for your new location? Then don't bring the old displays with you. 

If there is furniture and equipment that you need to use until moving day, arrange for a pick-up of all equipment that you don't need at your new location on your moving day. Make sure that you clearly label all furniture that will be donated or sold so that the moving company doesn't pack it up.

When moving your business to a new location, take time to declutter so you are not moving junk you don't need to your new business location. Go through and get rid of all paperwork. Clear out storage areas. Don't move equipment and furniture that you don't need to your new location. Work to donate or recycle as much clutter as possible. Contact a company, like NextView Moving, for more help.