Okay so you’ve just got the news that you need to relocate immediately within a week or so, to your new house either in the same city or in a whole other state. It’s okay, don’t panic.
Urgent situations and circumstances arise in everyone’s life. Some may have a month long notice to relocate, some may get less than a week, but all is possible if you put your mind to it.
The aim of this article is to help you get through the limited time you have on your hands to plan your move successfully and not lose your hair over it.
Packing, moving and setting up your new home, all under a week can be quite tough and challenging task, but it isn’t impossible.
So if you’re ready to take on the challenge, tie up your hair, roll up your sleeves and take down notes because you’re going to need it.
1) Gather Supplies
First and foremost, you need to gather supplies to get started with your packing. This would include lots and lots of boxes, definitely more than the number you think you’re going to need.
Boxes are what’s going to come to your rescue at the end moment when you’re going to want to dump everything in them.
Make sure that you don’t run out of boxes because they are what you’re going to need the most. Also, it’s better to stack up on boxes beforehand so that you don’t have to go in the middle of your packing to procure more.
After boxes, you will need lots of packing material like bubble wrap, old newspapers, tape, markers and lots of garbage bags, preferably the transparent ones so that you can see through them.
If you’ve got lots of delicate and fragile items, you’re going to need a lot of stuffing material, so make sure that you’ve gathered lots of it for your day long packing sessions.
Now that you’re done procuring material, without any delay or procrastination (no matter how much you want to postpone it for another day) it’s time to get down to the real task of all, PACKING.
2) Start Packing
The question that’s going to run through your mind when you have to get down to packing all your things is where to start? Well, you need to pack it all, of course, but a little strategy and planning can help make that one week a little easier to go by.
You might want to start with all your big and small decorative items in the house. The delicate ones take longer to pack because you have to be careful with them and also place them extremely carefully inside the boxes.
So the stuff that’s going to take time to pack and is really fragile, pack it up first and put those fragile boxes away. This will help you get done with the slow packing first so that you can pick up pace with the rest of the stuff that can be packed away more quickly.
Next, you should move on to the kitchen supplies that are seasonal and occasional. During the last week inside your home, you will need only the necessary things from your kitchen.
So you can pack away the rest of the items that you will not need during your last week at home. Kitchens always take a lot of time to pack because there’s a lot of stuff, especially the many small spice and ingredient boxes. Kitchen is going to be extremely time consuming so you should get started with it next.
Once you’re partially done with the kitchen, because it will finally have to be wrapped up on the last day, you should get started with things like books, electronics and linen.
Remember to declutter as you go about packing your things because there will be a lot of things which you might not need in your new home.
Broken chargers, old books, files, magazines etc. As you go about packing your things, also keep discarding stuff that you don’t think you’re going to need in your new home. You can also donate things like old books, magazines and electronics which are in working condition etc.
Finally, you should get to your clothes, which also you should declutter as you go about packing them. Create separate boxes and piles for donation or selling so that you don’t mix them up with the rest of your moving boxes.
After you’ve taken four to five days to pack up your home, the moving day is finally here. For the last day, you will need to pack up the last remaining items from your kitchen after you’ve finished making breakfast for the day.
The morning of the last day will be spent packing the last remaining clothes and toiletries. You might want to pack these in a separate pile so that you can unpack them first thing when you move into your new place.
The stuff that you’re going to need immediately after moving into your new place, should be placed towards the front of your storage truck and the boxes that you won’t need urgently can be stored in the back.
Also, ensure that all your boxes are labelled not just according to the room they are to be placed in, but also marked with the contents of each box.
Marking the contents of the box is going to help you find things faster and more easily. You can just read on the boxes for its contents and find your things.
4) Unpacking and Settling In
The first step to smoothly unpacking is being able to place the right box in the right room. This is where the markings and labeling on your packed boxes is going to come in handy.
You will just have to read the labels on your boxes and you will know which room it is supposed to be in. This will make it easier to unpack in each room and settle in.
Tackle the unpacking room wise. The most important unpacking will be that of the kitchen. If your kitchen is settled in, then at least your meals aren’t going to be a problem anymore and you can keep yourself and your family fed at all times during the hectic unpacking.
Once you’ve got your kitchen ready, the next room to get ready should be your bedroom so that you have a place to crash in and be comfortable. After these two important spaces of a house are ready, then you can begin setting up your living room, guest room, study and so on.
If you’re living in a rented accommodation, then you’re probably expected to do some minor repairs and cleaning before you leave. For this, it’s best to hire some professional help because there’s only so much that you can do on your own.
If you can afford to, why not get some professionals to do the cleaning and repairs in your home so that you don’t lose out on your security deposit. Focus on unpacking first and then on decorating your home. You can always change the decor of your home after you’ve unpacked and gotten rid of all the boxes around.