Are you overwhelmed by paperwork or have too much stuff in too little space? These challenges are not unique to small business owners, especially those who have to manage some inventory or are required to keep extensive records. We turned to a local commercial cleaning service about the best way to clear out space and get organized. Here’s what they had to say:
Dedicate some focused time to the project.
It’s almost impossible to get any serious cleaning done while people are working and customers are in the facility. Dedicate some time after hours or on the weekend to focus on identifying and eliminating items that no longer serve your business purposes. You may want to coordinate with a professional organizer or do this on your own but keep in mind the goal is to reduce the volume of things being kept within your facility.
Have a plan to store the things you need to keep.
For most businesses, organization is not the problem. Lack of adequate storage is the problem. Be willing to explore a variety of storage options. Secure off-site storage for records is often a fairly affordable option and can free up a tremendous amount of workspace. Look into what can be kept in an electronic, rather than paper, format. And accept that items like holiday or seasonal decor items not in use need to go home with somebody.
Sell, donate, or toss underutilized furniture, equipment, etc.
It’s not unusual for organizations to hold onto printers that don’t work, chairs with squeaky wheels, microwaves that have seen better days and similar items. Working on a case by case basis, sell, donate or toss these items. You’ll be amazed how much space can be freed up by eliminating the things nobody’s using.