Packing and moving are never fun. There’s a lot of work involved, especially when you have to pack up an office or home office. Oh yes, the office is one of the hardest rooms to pack up, believe it not.
That is because your office or home office will be where all your important documents and items are kept. Your expensive equipment, gadgets, office setup, files, and documents are going to need lots of careful love and care when you’re packing them up to make sure they arrive in one piece.
Packing a tricky room comes down to using the right tips and techniques to make sure your move is as smooth as possible. Oh, and also to make sure your items arrive in excellent condition. Suppose you’ve experienced the frustration of having your items arrive in less than pristine condition during past moves. In that case, you’ll want to avoid repeating this mistake if you can help it.
Here are six tips on how to pack office supplies safely:
1. Make sure your packing boxes are strong enough.
Some of the stuff you are going to pack will be heavy. We’re talking about computer equipment and other big and bulky items. That means you are going to need some strong and sturdy boxes. These packing supplies can be purchased from packaging businesses, available in various shapes and sizes.
A good packing tip for your electronic devices is to use the original packing boxes that the electronic gadgets arrived in. This is because the original packing boxes will offer the greatest possible protection when you’re on the move.
If you’re looking to move on a budget, you don’t need to spend a fortune on buying moving boxes. Instead, get them free by asking friends, coworkers, and neighbours for any cardboard boxes they don’t need. Alternatively, you could also check with companies or supermarkets for leftover cardboard containers.
2. Use bubble wrap for packing office supplies.
Where fragile items are concerned, bubble wrap is going to be your best friend. Don’t skimp on the bubble wrap, and you’ll be glad that you didn’t.
Bubble wrap is the ideal way to preserve any fragile goods in your home office, from delicate pieces of home office furniture (glass panels, glass doors, etc.) to your very delicate gadgets. The air-filled bubbles act as soft cushions, protecting such precious items from road hazards.
3. Toss the office items you no longer need.
If there was ever a good time to declutter, this is it. To lighten your moving load, declutter, empty, shred, and get rid of unwanted files ahead of time. This will make your move easier and save you space by using fewer boxes. Shred everything you no longer need, such as printed emails, credit card applications, and junk mail.
Go through each drawer and get rid of any old clutter accumulated over time. Get rid of dried-up pens, mostly-empty notepads, bent and worthless paper clips, and other mostly-ineffective objects. If you have any books that you want to bring with you to your new office, classify them and pack them separately in a box based on their sizes.
Always be sure to pack your books correctly by packing the spine of the books against the box wall, with the open section facing you. This way, the book’s binding won’t be harmed in the moving process.
4. Organize your cables and wires neatly.
Zip ties will be your favourite moving items when it comes to organizing your wires and cables. Keep all wires and cables neatly separated and arranged to keep a big, tangled mess from happening during the big move. Zip ties can keep wires bundled and labelled for easy identification.
5. Protecting your office furniture.
Make your move a lot easier by disassembling your office desk, chairs, and any other furniture that can be taken apart into as many components as possible before packing it. Unscrew and remove all of the office desk’s drawers, racks, and other components instead of trying to pack them up as a whole.
Wrap each piece of office furniture in protective blankets or bubble wrap to protect it from damage. Wrap each desk drawer with protective pads and secure it with packing tape. Ensure the packing tape does not contact any office furniture, as it may leave scratches.
6. Make an inventory list for your office supplies.
When moving, it pays to be organized. The last thing you want to do is arrive at your destination only to find certain valuables missing or unaccounted for. Moving is chaotic, and with so much going on, it’s amazing how many little things can slip through the cracks.
Whether you use specialists or not, an inventory list will save you a lot of time and headache during the moving process. The inventory list should list all of the supplies and equipment you have on hand, as well as their serial numbers.
In addition, you should write down what your archive contains and what other papers you will require in the future. Nobody likes to lose anything important, and with an inventory list, you won’t have to lose anything again.