Whether you’re still searching for or you’ve just found your dream home, moving is in your near future. And let’s be honest, none of us particularly care for packing, or unpacking. It’s not exactly an exciting task and packing up your home in preparation for a move is a BIG job. We have compiled our own personal experiences with packing and organization to create a helpful guide to make packing it up and moving it out a little less painful!
Declutter and Clean out!
First things first, don’t waste time packing items that aren’t being used or are no longer useful. Designate a “Toss” and a “Donate” pile, and take this opportunity to declutter, clean and organize. Goodwill provides a “Value Guide” for your donations for tax purposes! Also, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can also create a “Sell” pile. Thredup, Swap, your local consignment shop, or a good old fashioned garage sale are all great ways to put a little extra cash in your pocket and possibly even fund a portion of move!
Time line, Goal Setting and a Master To-Do list
Creating and following a time line is essential in surviving the next several weeks of your life. Establish a time line that starts three weeks before your scheduled move and continues for a week past your move, with the end goal of being completely unpacked a week after you arrive in your new home. Now, if you know with all of your life obligations that being completely unpacked within a week is an unrealistic goal, than adjust your timeline to suit your schedule.
Closets – Pack unseasonal clothing items first. Have clothes that you don’t wear or don’t care for any longer? Donate them, give them to a friend or sell them.
Linens – Towels, extra sheet sets and blankets. Donate, give to a friend or sell unwanted linens.
Living room/Dining room – Pack away nick knacks, pictures, art work and décor that only serves a comforting purpose.
Bathrooms – Pack up your bathroom and leave only the items you use on a daily basis.
Laundry room – Pack up your laundry room two days before your move and put all dirty laundry into one basket. This way when you get to your new home you only have a few loads of laundry to tackle.
Home office – Computers, printers and filing. Be sure to place all cords to each device in a plastic bag and tape the plastic bag to each device. This will make set up a breeze!
Kitchen – Make the kitchen the last room you pack and one of the first rooms you unpack. You want to be able to cook and eat for as long and as soon as possible. If you have expired food items throw them out.
The night before your move disconnect all TVs, DVD players, etc. Again placing all cables and cords in a plastic bag and taping the bag to the device.
Try to set small daily and weekly goals that will keep you motivated and give you a sense of accomplishment. Don’t forget to give yourself rest days in between the packing. Make sure to you give yourself at least two days a week where you do not do any packing.
Your local hardware store will generally have your packing essentials; boxes, packing paper, plastic bags for cables and cords, tape and magic markers. Also grocery and discount store will happily donate boxes to your moving project.
Put heavy items in small boxes so they are easy to lift.Keep weight under 50 lbs. if possible.
Don’t over pack boxes and increase chances that items will be broken.
Label boxes on each side.You never know how they will be stacked in a moving truck or on a trailer.
Keep items of value with you while moving.
Consider Hiring Help
When considering hiring a moving company, factor in how much time you have to make the move and how far you’ll be moving. Also, think about the personal items that you have to move. Are you moving a grand piano? A large in home fire arms safe? If so, those items are heavy, possibly delicate and it’s much safer to let professional movers transfer those items for you.
I do understand that sometimes the budget just doesn’t allow for such luxuries. Ask for help from friends and family members. You’ve helped them out, now it’s their turn to return the favor.
The Perks in Packing
While packing up your belonging, and sorting through your collection of stuff that seems to accumulate so quickly, try to find the perks in it. Unpacking can offer a new organized space and can present the opportunity to give to a local cause and help others. Remind yourself how fortunate you are to have the ability to move into a new home!
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