How to Pack Your Home Office for a Move


As remote work becomes more common, the home office has become crucial for many. With more people working from home, having a well-organized and functional home office is key. This is especially important during a move. Whether you’re starting a new job or moving to a new place, making sure your home office is organized and set up well is crucial for a smooth transition. By organizing and packing your home office properly during a move, you can reduce stress and downtime, making it easier to set up your new workspace. Here are some handy tips to help you pack up your home office, protect your valuables, and easily set up your new workspace.

Packing Your Home Office

Before diving into the details of packing, take a moment to plan out your packing strategy. This will help you stay organized and avoid any last-minute hassles.

  • Organize First: Before anything goes into a box, organize your documents and office supplies. Separate items into categories and discard any unnecessary clutter.
  • Pack Electronics Separately: Computers, printers, and other electronics should be packed separately in their original packaging if possible. If not possible, use anti-static bubble bags and plenty of padding to protect these valuable items.
  • Label Cables: Take a photo of how your cables are connected before disconnecting them. Label each cable and store them in labeled bags.
  • Special Handling for Books: Pack books either flat or with the spine touching the bottom of the carton. Do not pack with the spine facing up, as glue can break away from the binder.
  • Backup Data: Make digital backups of all your important files in case of hardware mishaps during the transit.
  • Furniture Disassembly: If possible, disassemble large furniture items to make them easier to transport and reduce the risk of damage. Take photos before disassembly and keep all hardware and screws safe in a labeled bag to keep reassembly easy.
  • Essentials Box: Pack an essentials box with the items you’ll need on day one in your new office, so you can start working right away.
  • Use a Checklist: Maintain a detailed inventory of all items packed to keep track of your belongings and ensure nothing is missed.

Pro tip: For more tips on how to pack specific office items such as books, artwork, figurines, electronics, and lamps, check our Moving Tips guide.

Treating High-Value Items with Care

Some items in your home office are not only essential for work but also hold significant financial or sentimental value. Here’s how you can ensure their safety during the move.

Declare Your High-Value Electronics

When moving high-value items, such as computers and electronics, you will need to declare these items to the moving company.  Typically, any items worth more than $100 per pound are considered items of “extraordinary value” by most moving companies, including ADSI.

ADSI Moving Systems provides a high-value inventory sheet before your move, allowing you to document all valuable items. Be sure to list out each high-value item, along with its estimated value, and verify that this inventory is acknowledged by the moving company before transport. This helps your movers account for your items’ condition before and after the move and provide specialized handling. Although these items may require additional packing and shipping costs, they will be better protected.

Consider Your Coverage Options

Consider purchasing additional insurance coverage for high-value items to protect them against any damage or loss during the move. While ADSI takes extreme care to protect your items throughout the move, having the peace of mind of full protection is a great option and also gives us the most flexibility to help you resolve issues if they arise.

Manage Your Sensitive Documents

As you’re going through the piles of papers and files, it’s essential to figure out which documents are worth keeping and which ones are better off securely destroyed. Proper document management not only safeguards your sensitive information but also ensures that your important records are easily accessible in your new office setup.

For secure shredding services, our sister company, Augusta Data Storage, has got you covered. They offer convenient and secure document shredding. This means you can have peace of mind knowing that your confidential information won’t fall into the wrong hands. 

Setting Up and Organizing Your Home Office After the Move

Once you’ve arrived at your new location, it’s time to set up your home office. Here are some tips to help you get organized and make the transition as smooth as possible.

Creating an Organized Workspace

When you get to your new spot, make setting up your home office a top priority. Unpack and organize your things in a way that helps you work more efficiently. Don’t be afraid to invest in shelves, filing cabinets, and desk organizers to keep everything neat and easy to find.

A Fresh Start

Moving is a great opportunity to declutter and re-evaluate, especially when it comes to your office. As you’re unpacking, take the time to reassess what you need in your workspace and what items can be discarded or donated. This will not only help you save space but can also give your new office a fresh and organized start.

Making Your Home Office Feel Like Home

Personal touches such as artwork, plants, or motivational quotes can transform your home office into a welcoming and inspiring environment. Consider integrating these elements to create a space that reflects your personality and enhances your work experience.

Staying Connected

Make sure your internet and phone services are set up and working properly in your new home office. Test out the connections and troubleshoot any issues before getting back to work.

Trust ADSI Moving Systems with Your Home Office Relocation

Packing your home office for a move doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With careful planning, organization, and the right moving partner, you can ensure a smooth transition for your office belongings and files.

At ADSI Moving Systems, we understand how important it is to have your home office set up just right, especially after a move. Our team is dedicated to providing reliable and careful relocation services tailored to your specific needs. You can trust us to handle your home office move with the utmost care and professionalism.

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, ADSI Moving Systems is here to support you every step of the way. Contact us today or get a free quote online to learn more about our comprehensive moving services and experience a stress-free relocation.