My boss, stylist-to-the-stars extraordinaire, decided to move offices – from her quaint basement that was practically our second home for four years to this showroom type office in the upscale heart of the Hills. Naturally, I was tasked to organize the move being an associate stylist (read: right hand cum personal assistant). My professionally manicured, paraffin waxed hands weren't made for hauling heavy load around expected when moving and packing an entire office into boxes. With the help of California Moving and Storage, this moving and storage company I highly recommend to those who need moving and storage services in Los Angeles, our move was the closest thing to effortless. Compared to fashion week prep, Oscar/ Grammy's/ VMA's season and major movie premieres among others, the move was easy breezy.
There are basically four important things to remember in moving your office. Read on and you'll be anything but clueless in moving or packing for your big move.
• Be a man (or woman) with a (floor) plan. Familiarize yourself with the new location. Do an ocular of the place weeks, even months, in advance. Take measurements of the rooms, plan the exact location of furniture and assign stations for your employees. In our case there just had to be ample closet space for the endless racks of designer clothes, rows of the current season's shoes and bags and piles of chic accessories. We didn't need any particular working stations as we usually run around the place so that meant less measuring on my part.
• Assign a person to be in-charge of communication and overall planning. I easily landed the role as task master for obvious reasons so I had direct contact with the movers. Communication is key – as in life in general – so I was barely off the phone. Everyone had to be informed regarding the whereabouts. Employees, landlords, clients and most importantly movers were to be contacted. Crazy, nah, it's practically everyday living if you work for some fashionista slave driver of a boss.
• Separate the different items to be moved. In most corporate offices it would be small items from shelves, contents of filing cabinets, personal possessions of each worker, items on desks and security files. There should be designated boxes for the said categories, properly labeled at that. As for us, we had to pack the designer garments that fashion houses have lent us. Like I said, it's nothing out of the ordinary as we're so used to packing for client meetings, fashion shoots and the like.
• You don't have to take everything with you. There surely are items such as outdated furniture and a week's worth of garbage that you wouldn't want to bring into your new office.