office space

Unpack to Organize - The Office

An office room can be made up of multiple parts and items will all need to be unpacked and placed in the right spot after moving. From computer cords and accessories to paper clips and pencils, unpacking an office may seem like a daunting task – but it doesn’t have to be!

-       First, take stock of all of the items you have, and make sure that each item is necessary and will have a place to go. This is your chance to purge old or damaged supplies, or donate unused items.

-       Next, plan out your office space. Before moving in desks and shelves, make sure you know where everything is going. Also, determine what drawers, shelves, and cupboards will store what items, what files and folders will go in what cabinet, and if any other shelving materials need to be purchased. This plan will help relieve a lot of stress when it comes time to put office supplies away!

-       Once all of the furniture and larger pieces are put in place, it’s time to tackle the electronics. Computers can have a lot of attachments and wires, so don’t rush this step. Make sure everything is connected properly, and that cables are kept neat and organized to prevent anything from catching on them. Other electronics like a phone, printer, and lamp, can also be set up.

-       Start unpacking your office supplies with the frequently used items first, like pens, pencils, paper, and calendar. Use drawer organizers to help keep all your office supplies organized. Try to tackle only one box at a time – don’t get overwhelmed!

-       Filing cabinets and bookcases can then be unpacked, because the items typically aren’t needed right away. Any paper weights or office decorations can be added too, but remember, try to keep the decorations to a minimum, because a lot of them only invite more clutter into your space.

Creating a plan for your office space, and knowing what items need to go where before you start unpacking your boxes will make unpacking into an organized space a lot more feasible. There are a lot of different components that go into an office, so unpack step by step until the space is complete!

Moving Tip - label your electronic cords Before you take them apart. It will help you know what cord goes with each device!

Reusing and Repurposing

Why spend the money and clutter your space with new items when you have everything you need?

Calm Order recently worked on a professional organizing job for a client preparing a home for sale.  Instead of buying new items for staging, Calm Order de-cluttered the space and used items the homeowner already had in the house to decorate.

“ I was getting a clients home ready to sell. We were de-cluttering and refreshing some spaces. ” explains Karen Allbright. 

“We ‘shopped’ her home for complimentary decor and de-cluttered.”

When faced with redecorating or staging a space for sale or just for a change, think about what you can do and use that you already have available. Decorative items from one area of your home and be moved and used in a different way in another room. Excess items and objects that are unwanted can be donated and removed to give a room a completely new feel.

For this particular client, Allbright says that one room that stood out for her was the office. She ‘shopped’ for vases from this client by using ones that she already had. To add a unique design to the office that complimented the slope of the window, Albright stood some vases upright, some on their sides, and some upside down. 

She also de-cluttered and donated the unneeded and extra books to the Calgary Public Library, which cleared up the desk and shelving space, which makes the space seem bigger and more appealing to potential home buyers.

“It’s all about repurposing things and not buying more if you can find something in the house you already have,” says Allbright. [TWEET THAT!]

Instead of always buying and bringing in more clutter to your home, downsize and work with what you already have. A simple switch of decorations or pictures from one room to another can make a big difference – and a good clean and reorganization really helps too!

Here are two example pictures from the client’s office that show what the room looked like before, and what it now looks like after being organized and refreshed with vases the client already owned:

This is what the client's office looked like before Calm Order came in.

The client's office after Karen and her team reorganized and repurposed the space.