How to Pack For a Move
You’ve found a new place to live and now it’s time to pack! Few people look forward to this, but there’s no need to panic - making a plan on how to pack for your move is half the battle. Use the tips below to get organized and make things easier without breaking the bank or your back.
Go through all your belongings several weeks before you move and clear the unused and unnecessary items from your home. Be ruthless. Identify big items you don’t want to take with you and call a haul away service, donation center, or dumpster rental company to get rid of these items.
After the big items are taken care of, sort the rest of the belongings you don’t want to take with you into three groups: trash, sell, and donate. Anything that’s junk, go ahead and throw it away. Sell anything in good condition online or at a garage sale. Donate items in decent condition that likely won’t sell.
Hire professional movers
Take the time to find a reputable moving company with excellent customer service, so there’s less hassle on moving day. We recommend using a service like Unpakt to find a reputable moving company, compare prices, and book your move online.
Pick the right moving date
Plan to hire your movers at least a month ahead of time, so you can identify your potential moving dates and find the time of month that is cheapest to book your movers.
Create a “moving file”
Set aside all the important paperwork you’ll need throughout your move, such as moving truck reservations, service invoices, cash for movers tips, contact information for realtors, and other important documents you could need before unpacking. Place this file in a personal bag or purse, so it won’t accidentally get packed in a box.
Gather packing supplies
Brainstorm every item you will need to help you get through the moving process. Make a thorough and detailed list. Boxes, padding to cushion fragile items, blankets to protect tables and the edges of furniture, packing tape, a new broom - nothing is too insignificant. Plan it out and then buy it in one trip.
Pack like a pro
Pack the right way with these common sense pro tips:
- Avoid procrastination by packing one room completely before moving on. Pack everything that belongs in a specific room together in a room-labeled box.
- Pack dishes with care and wrap each item individually, stacking dishes vertically and padding the top and bottom of the box with towels or cloth.
- Prevent spilling and leaking from toiletry bottles by unscrewing the cap, placing a Ziploc bag or Saran wrap over the top, and then screwing the cap back on.
- Use small boxes for heavy items.
- Use large boxes for light items like linens, towels, and decorative pillows.
Schedule service disconnect times
At least a week prior to your move, call your internet, cable, gas, electricity, water, and trash services to figure out when to shut things off and gather any necessary items (i.e. remote controls, routers, cable boxes) you will need to return.
Label moving boxes - future you will appreciate it
This is the key to finding your stuff easily. To speed up the unloading process, label the tops, and sides of the boxes by category and room.
Take it a step further and label it with a number, as well. When packing up a box, write down every single item inside it in a spreadsheet and then give the box a number. With this packing inventory, now you really know where everything is. For example, if you’re looking for a specific item, you can go straight to box #8 with your comforter instead of digging through every “Bedroom” box to find it.
Identify essential items you’ll need to find easily at the new place
Think about what you’ll need in the first week after your move, like hand soap, towels, toilet paper, a shower curtain, etc and pack these items separately, so they’re easily available. People will need to shower, wash their hands, and eat long before all the unpacking is finished. Having these essential items set aside will make that simple.
Take pictures of the complicated setups on the back of your electronic devices
Snap a photo of the back of your electronic device to see how it’s currently configured for quick reference later. Having pictures of the “cord situations” will make it much easier to set up your TV or monitor when you move in to your new place.
Not hiring movers?
Let’s be honest - hiring a moving company can be very expensive. If you’re planning on moving items yourself, here are a few tips.
- To speed up the process the day of, move the heaviest items near the front door, so they can be the first to load into the truck. Then move all remaining boxes from upstairs to the first floor - spreading out the effort over a couple days really helps out on moving day.
- Have stairs? Use an UpCart Lift to easily move your belongings up and down stairs to where they need to go. Plus, it reduces effort by up to 64% to save your back, and make your moving process much more enjoyable.
Bonus tip: Pack an overnight bag or box for each member of the family
Having your toiletries, a water bottle, a change of clothes, and your laptop can help you feel relaxed and settled on your first night in the new place, while most everything is still in boxes.
Keep the overnight bag, suitcase, or box separate so it’s not mixed in with everything else and bring it with you in the car or however you are traveling.
Packing for a move can be a breeze with some organization, helpful tips and suggestions. Which one was your favorite? Is there anything you would like to add? Let us know below.