Making plans to move out of a place you’ve transformed into a home can be a bittersweet process. But when it comes to packing, you should put your feelings aside.
After all, now is the perfect time to decide which of your stuff you want to keep and what you’d like to leave in the past. So with that in mind, let’s see how to get your things all packed up in time for your moving day.
Tips for Packing in Time for Moving Day
Ditch Things You Don’t Want to Bring
Everyone knows that the process of moving actually starts weeks or even months before the moving day. But why does that rule exist?
Well, on the one hand, it gives you all the time you need to update your official documents with the new address and make arrangements for your job, as well as any kids or pets you might have.
Additionally, planning for your move well in advance gives you time to decide which things you want to leave behind. With that in mind, you’ll want to set aside at least a month or two for decluttering your home before you start packing. Sorting your stuff into trash and donation piles is a good place to start.
Don’t be afraid to be ruthless while you declutter. As Marie Kondo would say, if it doesn’t spark joy, ditch it. That goes for clothes that don’t fit, appliances you don’t use, and furniture you don’t like.
If you don’t have organizations you can donate your stuff to in your area, you can let your friends and family pick through it.
As for the things they don’t take, you could organize a yard sale or leave them on the curb. Someone will take them off your hands — even if it’s just the garbage collectors.
Get Boxes, Bags, and Other Supplies
Once you’re left with only the items you’re bringing to your new home, you can start packing. But to do that, you’ll need to grab some supplies.
Obviously, the most important items you’ll need are containers like moving boxes. Cardboard boxes come in all shapes and sizes — and you can even get some through the moving company you’re using.
Alternatively, you can use plastic containers, durable bags, or even your suitcases to transport your stuff from your old place to the movers’ van.
In addition to those things, you’ll also need to get markers, packing tape, and garbage bags, to name a few things. Depending on the kind of items you’re transporting, you may have to make a more specific list of packing necessities.
Pack the Non-Essentials First
When you’re finally ready to start packing, you should take it one room at a time. Resist the urge to leave the small items for last. Instead, try to pack absolutely everything you find in one room before moving on to the next.
Try to go from the least used areas of the house to the more crucial ones like bathrooms and bedrooms. That will at least let you live your life normally while you pack.
Of course, if you come across things you frequently use while you’re packing, you can always set them aside. In fact, you can have a designated area for items you want to pack last — such as clothes, toiletries, and other stuff you might want to have on hand.
Look Up Packing Hacks
Most people find having to pack all their possessions challenging, to say the least. But if you shift your perspective, you might find that the task can be pretty fun. One way to do that would be to look up packing tips and tricks online.
Some of the tips you’ll find are fairly logical. For example, some might caution you to put heavy items on the bottom of the boxes and lighter ones on top, and tape everything up securely. But others may surprise you.
Did you know that stacking your plates vertically makes them less likely to break during the move? Of course, you’d still have to pad around and between each dish. However, rather than packing peanuts and old newspapers, consider using shirts, socks, and towels. Other packing hacks you might find online suggest that you:
- Keep liquid toiletries and other potentially spillable products in sealed plastic bags
- Use large pots as containers for certain kitchen items like spice jars or bowls
- Put your books in suitcases with wheels to make them easier to transport to and from the movers’ van
- Consider shipping books to your new address through the USPS as media mail, if you find that cheaper than the rate you’d pay your movers
- Secure the drawers on dressers with plastic wrap
- Use large garbage bags to pack all the clothes that are hanging in your closet in one fell swoop
Keep an Inventory
Even as you start seeing packing as a game, don’t forget to keep your stuff organized. Label the boxes and other containers with the names of the rooms they should go to in the new house. You can put lists of the items that are inside the bags and boxes on the side or keep a digital inventory.
There are several ways to go about organizing your stuff, but the objective is always the same. Namely, it should let you see where specific items are at a glance, making the unpacking process easier.
Figure Out the Order of Packing Before Moving Day
While you’re taking inventory, you’ll realize that you’ll need some of the items you’ve packed as soon as they arrive at your new address. For example, you might need bedding, toiletries, clothes, and electronics as soon as you enter your new home.
If you point out the relevant boxes to your movers, they’ll make sure to put them into their van last. That will make them the first ones to get off the vehicle when your stuff gets to your new address.
Separate the Essentials
Whether you’re moving within your neighborhood or across the country, you should have certain essentials on hand. Don’t leave important medications, airline tickets, and valuables with the movers. Instead, bring the most sentimental and otherwise relevant items on the plane or bus with you when you move.
Alternatively — Outsource the Task
Ultimately, if you find having to pack your whole life into a few boxes too stressful for your liking, you can have your movers do it for you. After all, that’s what they do. If nothing else, you should certainly have them handle the most touchy items — like flat-screen TVs and large pieces of furniture.
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