Preparing for your move? Let’s be honest: although exciting, it’s usually a tiresome experience as well, especially when you’re pressed for time. There are lots of things to get done, and we believe the first question you ask yourself is “How am I going to get through this packing hell?” Of course, you can take advantage of hiring a moving and packing company and entrust packing your belongings to skilled experts who have done this thousands of times, and have all the necessary equipment and packing supplies. However, if you’ve decided to go for DIY packing, don’t panic: we’ve gathered the best tips and tricks that will help you pack like a pro in a couple of days.
If you need to get ready for your move quickly, think of possible ways to streamline your move. First of all, you can ask your friends and family to help you with your move. It’s also a good idea to hire a professional moving company like Safe Relocation.
But let’s get back to packing. Needless to say that last minute packing is a tough job. It might seem that you don’t have enough time to think and get everything done in a proper way. Yes, time is not on your side, however, it’s quite achievable to pack for a move in three days with the right approach. Want to know a couple of packing secrets? Here they are!
Start right away
Don’t waste your time. Each single minute is valuable when you face the challenge of quick packing. Efficient packing is all about proper organization: start with a plan and kick it off.
Don’t take everything with you
While desperately packing everything on your way, stop and think if you’ll really need all this stuff at your new place. As it’s hardly possible to pack everything, especially when you’re short of time, make a decision about what can be left. Categorizing your belongings into “take it” and “leave it”, ask yourself questions: “Will I really need it?”, “Is this thing important?”
Get the appropriate packing supplies
Before you purchase moving boxes, do your best to estimate the volume of the stuff you’re going to move and figure out which size of boxes you will need. Alternatively, you can use old boxes to reduce your moving expenses. Keep in mind that some of your things need special treatment. You need to extra wrap fragile objects like glassware or electronics, and fix them with scotch tape.
Pack your “first open” box
When you arrive at your new home, you might not want to spend your first day and night unpacking. That’s why it’s crucial to prepare a “first open” box including the essentials you’ll need on your first day: a change of clothes, toiletries, bedding and food.
Make use of every inch of space
Use the space wisely: why not fill, for instance, empty decorative baskets or even crock pots with smaller items? Get this: the more compact you pack, the less boxes you’ll need.
Consider non-allowable items
Did you know that there are some limits on what you can carry? Some objects are not allowed to be moved for safety considerations. Actually, it depends on your mover and state laws, so make sure to check it out before it’s too late. If you’ve got such items on your list, put them away and don’t waste your time on packing them.
You’ll save a lot of time if you take photos of your belongings instead of making a conventional inventory.
Schedule your packing
Don’t mess up packing. Random packing is very likely to lead to a lot of mistakes and you’ll need to re-do this enervating job. To avoid mistakes, draw up a packing timeline. It will save you both effort and time. We suggest the following schedule:
Day 1. Let’s get started.
We recommend starting to pack from the toughest rooms such as the garage and the utility room. Next, switch to the rarely used areas such as the guest room, library and study.
Day 2. You’re almost there!
Devote day 2 to packing everything in the children’s room and the living room. Also, pack all the clothes and footwear apart from those you’re going to use on the moving day. Then, move on with the jewelry, office supplies and toys. Hoover and clean the furniture.
Day 3. You did it!
On day 3, you pack items in the bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. Finally, disassemble the furniture and pack the curtains.
To wrap it up
All in all, it’s not as terrible as it seems. With proper organization, you’ll easily handle all this packing routine. Hope our tips will help you pack like a pro.