While your home office may not be the first room you think of when it comes to difficult packing, it actually requires some careful planning and attention to detail. With expensive electronics, important documents, books, decorations, and furniture to pack, it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect everything during the move.
To avoid feeling unprepared or overwhelmed, and to ensure that your laptops and computer monitors are not damaged, it’s a good idea to create a checklist for packing your home office. By using the recommended packing boxes and supplies, and following these simple steps, you can make sure everything is packed correctly and safely.
Prepare Your Packing Boxes and Supplies
Your home office is likely filled with valuable and one-of-a-kind items that need to be protected during a move. To safeguard your electronics and other important office belongings, it’s important to use the recommended packing boxes and supplies, which are offered by Blue Bins:
- Plastic Moving Boxes
- Bubble Wrap
If your home office is cluttered with loose sheets of paper, it’s important to take the time to sort through everything and decide what needs to be kept, shredded, or recycled. By reducing the amount of unnecessary paperwork you have to pack, you can make the moving process much smoother.
Once you’ve sorted through your documents, it’s time to start packing. Here are some tips:
- Organize Your Documents by Category: To make unpacking easier, pack your documents in a logical way. Keep items like medical records, financial paperwork, and other categories together. This will help you stay organized and ensure that everything is easy to find later.
- Move Your File Cabinet As Is: If you have a file cabinet, you can move it as is. Make sure the drawers are closed tight using the built-in lock, so nothing is lost during the move.
- Pack Loosely Stored Documents and Folders: For documents and folders that are not in a file cabinet, categorize everything, pack it, and label your packing boxes accordingly.
- Keep Your Most Sensitive Documents With You: It’s important to keep your most sensitive documents with you in your personal vehicle during the move. This may include birth certificates, social security cards, bank information, or anything else that you can’t afford to lose if a packing box becomes damaged or misplaced during your move.
Prep Your Electronics
It’s a good idea to take some precautions before you start packing your electronic devices. Here are some tips:
- Take Photos of Each Device: Before you start packing, consider taking a photo of each device while it’s still set up. This way, you’ll have a reference to help you plug everything back in correctly once you arrive at your new home.
- Back–Up Your Computer Files: To avoid losing important files in case anything happens to your computer during the move, it’s a good idea to back up your files to an external drive. This way, you’ll have a copy of your files that you can access later, just in case.
Unplug and Organize
Once you’re ready to start packing your electronic devices, remember to follow some safeguards to protect them from damage. Here are some tips to help you pack your electronics safely:
- Disconnect and Coil Your Cords: Start by shutting off the power and disconnecting the cords from each device. Coil each cord neatly and keep it with the related equipment. Use a strip of tape to keep your coils intact and label each strip with the device name to prevent anything from getting misplaced.
- Use Bubble Wrap: For smaller electronics, such as your computer accessories or mobile devices, consider using bubble wrap. This can help prevent any damage that could occur during transport.
Pack Fragile Items Separately
Home offices often have plenty of memorabilia and meaningful décor (i.e. trophies, awards, desk knick-knacks, etc.). Any fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap and carefully stowed in a plastic moving box.
If you have framed photos or memorabilia in your office, do yourself a favour when packing pictures by providing these items the best protection with bubble wrap.
Pack Books, Magazines, and Physical Media
Packing these items doesn’t require too much effort or planning but be sure that when you’re packing your books, you set them in the box with the spine side facing down. Other physical media can be stacked in a standard plastic box.
Choose Blue Bins’ Packing Boxes for Your Home Office Move
Blue Bins Unlimited offers a hassle-free moving experience because our packing boxes and moving supplies can be conveniently delivered to your doorstep and picked up after you’ve settled in.
Choose from our selection of eco-friendly plastic packing boxes and accessories, including our signature Blue Bins that can be quickly assembled and easily cleaned without any adhesive. Our plastic carpet dollies also make moving a breeze by allowing you to transfer packing boxes between rooms and vehicles without straining your back.
And to keep your home office move organized, we offer bin labels and ties so you can easily identify which packing box goes where, as well as bubble wrap to protect fragile items like laptops during transit.
Contact us for a free quote today.