How to Unpack Your Office After a Move

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You have lots of work to do, but you’re swimming in a veritable sea of cardboard boxes.

Where should you begin?

What should you tackle first?

In this post, I offer a couple of helpful pointers to help you unpack your office, cubicle, or workstation, after moving.

Account for your belongings.

Take inventory of your office materials as soon as you arrive in your new space.

You’ll want to make sure items have been properly moved and accounted for.

Sure, you may have to open up some boxes and containers to verify contents, but you can’t be too careful when it comes to your property.

It’s better to know you’re missing a few boxes now, than to find out in three days’ time.

If you should find something is missing, alert the moving company, as well your old and new buildings, right away.

Make a plan.

Should the desk go over here, over here, or over here?

Save yourself from moving items back and forth across the office by making a room plan.

The room plan should be a rough drawing of your immediate work area.

The plan will show where you’re going to put all the furniture, as well as secondary items such as files, and office supplies.

Draw out a room plan on pencil and paper, and don’t hesitate to make changes until you’ve got things just right.

Begin unpacking as soon as possible.

Try your best to unpack your office as soon as you can.

The longer you wait, the longer you’ll be running your office at half-capacity, and no one wants to waste time at the office!

If you’re pressed for time and don’t have the luxury of unpacking everything at once, try unpacking things little by little, everyday, until the job is done.

You could unpack box by box, or area by area, such as filing cabinet area, supply cabinet area, and so on.

Unpack frequently used items first.

 Make a point to unpack and set up everyday essentials first.

You’ll need these items to do your work, so it only makes sense you have them unpacked, and accessible for your needs.

Here’s a quick list of office items to get you started. Feel free to add to this list as necessary:

  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Lamps
  • Bookcase
  • Computer
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Telephone
  • Printer
  • Fax Machine
  • Photocopier
  • Office supplies (pens, pencils, scissors, stapler, notepads, etc.)

Don’t be afraid to make changes at a later date.

Who says your office has to stay exactly as it is?

Over time, you may find a better configuration that works for your computer and desk, a more suitable location in your office for your bookcase and filing cabinets, or a better position for that floor lamp.

Go ahead and make edits to your office as necessary.

Don’t forget, it’s all in the name of being comfortable, and productive.

How about you? What do you find is the most difficult thing about unpacking your office after a move? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

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  1. July R

    We will move to a new building next week and me and all of my colleagues loved this post. Thanks for sharing and helping us be faster and more prepared.