Moving into a new office is a chance for a fresh start and the last thing you need is to be immediately bogged down by clutter! So, what do you do with all that extra STUFF? You can donate or recycle the items in your workspace that you no longer use, that are broken, and that serve no purpose in growing and sustaining your business. There is no need to increase your moving costs by taking items that you no longer use. In addition, they take up valuable real estate in your new office space. Here are this NYC Professional Office Organizer’s favorite NYC organizations for donations and recycling.
Materials for the Arts. Donations made to MFTA are tax deductible and they support the arts community in NYC. MFTA collects a wide variety of items which are then distributed to recipients in New York City’s artistic and educational communities for free. They accept audio and visual equipment, office chairs, computers, folding tables, paper and office supplies. You can drop off your items or even arrange for shipping or a pickup.
Habitat for Humanity NYC. If you are building out your new office space or have leftover building materials from your previous space that you won’t be using, then donate those materials to Habitat for Humanity. You also can donate used office furniture and decor items.
Teaching Beyond the Square. This organization, through its Materials Center, collects all types of materials that would normally be discarded or recycled. These items can be anything – boxes, paper, office supplies – anything that you would normally discard. The Materials Center is used to collecting these items and then uses them to enrich children’s learning, problem solving, and creativity skills.
Stop ‘N’ Swaps. These events are scheduled all over NYC, so search for an event near you. These are free events where you can donate (and then take) clean, portable, and reusable items. Though they do not accept larger items like office furniture or older electronics, they do accept office supplies, office decor, and other smaller items.
Lower East Side Ecology Center. As you pack up your office, you will undoubtedly find old electronics that no longer work or have long since been replaced. This organization holds regular E-Waste Recycling Events where you can bring working and non-working electronics, including computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, cables, phones, and more.
Before you pack up those unwanted and unused office supplies, electronics, and office furniture, look at this list of organizations and identify how best to disperse those items that don’t work or are no longer used. Make this an important task to complete as you begin the decluttering process, so you keep the clutter out of your new office and out of the landfills! If you aren’t based in the NYC area, look for similar types of organizations in your neighborhood.
For more office organizing strategies and hands on support with your office move, reach out to this NYC Professional Office Organizer.