There are few things less intimidating about a move then opening the door to your home office and seeing the mountains of papers, documents, folders and books covered in dust and waiting to be rummaged through like ancient artifacts. Or even worse, the tangle of wires behind the desk, snaking in every direction, connecting your computer, printer, keyboard, mouse, fax machine, copier, scanner, router and modem in one convuluted heap that nightmares are made of.
Of course, before you begin to pack up your home office and move its contents into your new home, it’s a good idea to assess the situation, take a quick inventory and organize everything so the task of packing and unpacking is made a little less daunting.
Here are a few simple tips on how to make your life a little easier when it comes to packing up and moving your home office.
- Organize all of your paper documents and files. Over the years, you’ve probably accumulated a large amount of important paper documents in manila folders and boxes stashed away for some later date when they might be needed. The truth is that now there’s a good chance that at least 50% of them are no longer useful. They might have seemed important to keep at the time, but now just add to the dust collection in your office. So before you begin to pack up the office, go through all of these papers and decide what you still need and what you can destroy. By doing this, your load will be a whole lot lighter. (*Note: When you destroy documents that contain your name or any important account numbers, make sure to put them through a paper shredder before throwing them away, to protect you from identity theft.)
- Back up all of your important computer data. Before you unplug your computer and pack it away, make sure that you back up any important files that are on there in case it gets damaged in transit and your information is lost forever. Using an external hard drive is perfect for this situation and should help give you some peace of mind in knowing that your important information is safe and secure during the move.
- Tidy up all those pesky wires. Once you have backed up all your important computer files and have unplugged your devices from the wall, arrange each piece of equipment separately and tie up the wires using zip ties or garbage bag ties. Keep each cord with the piece of equipment it belongs to and organize your electronics so that the wires are not a tangled mess. This will save you a ton of time when you are unpacking and it will also help keep your wires from tangling when you arrange your equipment in your new home.
- Pack your electronics carefully. Along the same lines as the point above, it is also very important to secure each piece of electronic equipment in its respective box to protect it from being damaged. Use a good amount of bubble wrap, or even towels and old t-shirts to keep the devices from bouncing around during the move and breaking. Make sure they are packed tightly into their boxes and that they are packed along with everything that is needed to make them run correctly when they are unpacked in their new location.
- Pack your books carefully, too. Books may not be as expensive as computers or printers, but it’s important to be just as careful in packing them as you are with other parts of your office. Packing too many books in each box can make them too heavy to carry and could potentially damage the books. Try to keep the boxes light and dust each book thoroughly before packing it away.