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10 Tips for Moving a Home Office

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My husband and I recently moved into a new apartment here in Chicago. One of the main reasons we selected the new place was because it has an office – an actual separate room, with a window, lots of light and most importantly a door (that closes!). This is a big change for me – my office in our old place was in our living room, nestled between our love seat and the TV.

Needless to say I was pretty excited about having my own separate work space. Despite this, the move itself was a bit daunting. Moving is stressful enough, and when you work from home you have to deal with an office move as well. Here are a few things that helped me minimize disruption to my work life:

10 Tips for Moving a Home Office

  1. Clean out those file cabinets – in the weeks leading up to our move I de-cluttered my filing cabinets. Many of the files I had saved were no longer relevant to current projects or were now in a digital format. Moving is a great opportunity to “clean house,” keeping only what you truly need.

  2. Try to stay organized – moving can make you feel disoriented and frazzled. Try and stay organized by labeling boxes and approaching things systematically instead of throwing everything into a box at the very last minute.
  3. Give yourself enough time to pack – I started packing a good 2 weeks before our actual move date – this made it seem less overwhelming and stressful. Also, label your boxes so you know exactly what is in each box if you need to get to it quickly.
  4. Have a plan – this is a bit of a no-brainer, but a list of what needs to be done and who will do it will help you stay sane throughout the process. Also, make sure you don’t agree to any important deadlines on or around your move date.
  5. Internet – Make sure you contact your new Internet (and phone) provider a few weeks before your move so you can schedule a service appointment to get up and running. That way everything will be ready for you when you move in. I was a bit behind on this one and didn’t end up getting Internet until a few days after we moved in.

  6. Inform others about your new address – I’ve always found that informing people of your new address is one of the most cumbersome steps of moving. In addition to colleagues, clients, family and friends, be sure to change your address with the USPS and update all your online accounts.
  7. Measure your desk – measure your desk to make sure it will fit into your new office. That will help prevent a big headache down the road.
  8. Find the original boxes – I still had the original boxes for my printer and speakers. Moving this type of electronic equipment in its original box will help prevent any damages.
  9. Know what you need to get up and running and pack all of those things in one box. That will help you get back on your feet quickly.
  10. Make unpacking your office a priority – it’s no fun trying to work in an office that’s a disaster zone. Once you’ve got the big things out of the way, make unpacking your office a priority.

What about you guys? Have any of you moved recently? What helped you stay sane?

Photo Credit: Travelin’ Librarian

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