At this point, it may be in your best interest to look for a space-organizing consultant to hire in order to help you make quick, short-term progress. At least, you need to dedicate one person on your staff to make an assessment of your current space and anticipated operations needs.
That person will need to determine:
InventoryThe next thing you and this person will need to do, is to take a complete inventory of all the HVAC equipment in storage, including refrigerant, oil, cleansers, parts, components, tools, ladders, safety gear, raw materials, forming equipment, and of course, condensing units, evaporators, furnaces, etc. You can also go through your office equipment at this time.
Now it's time for honesty. Sit down with your most trusted employees and figure out what you really need and what you no longer use.
Let's clean house. Sell or donate those items that you no longer need, throw out the stuff that nobody wants. Make sure you use appropriate disposal services for potentially hazardous materials.
What percentage of space have you freed up?
OrganizingNow you need to look at what you have and visualize what you could do with it. There are a few different techniques to do this.
Look at all the latest organizing aids available for your warehouse space. Take into consideration:
Another idea is to store seasonal materials, like heating season supplies, in an area off the main warehouse, like in an attic or another under-utilized space. We will discuss this in greater detail later on.
Finally, don't forget to ask all employees for input. You could hold an employee contest for the best space-saving ideas. The person who wins just might be a great employee to put on your reorganizing team.
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