Now Its All About The Packing

Now Its All About The Packing

Now that the big day is approaching here are a few tips on packing and getting ready.

Purge & Organize

Makes sense – you don’t really want to move a lot of stuff you’re just going to get rid of after you move it all!  You can do this as soon as you decide to sell your home or that it’s time to say goodbye to rental life and buy a house.

Décor & Frames First

These are things you can live without for a while (unlike your kitchen utensils!) They are also likely to be among the last things unpacked at the new place; so go ahead and get it all out of the way early.  Walk around the house and gather it all up taking it to a central location like the dining room table or kitchen counter. Wrap and pack – but don’t forget this is a great time to purge too, the country chic artwork from the kitchen may not transition well to the beach vibe in the new space.

“First Day” Basket

Laundry baskets make a great way to carry some of those things you know you’re literally going to need as soon as you walk in the door. Toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels & a small first aid kit are a good start. When you’re doing the rest of your packing toss in those items you know you can’t be searching for the first night in the house.  Add things like the phone chargers and pet food before you leave. Carry these baskets with you in the car.

Paper Plates & Plastic Ware

You know you won’t want to wait until the last minute to pack up the kitchen so plan on using these the last few days in the old place.  Not only will you be able to pack, you won’t have to worry about washing dishes either. Then throw them in the “First Day” basket for those first meals in the new place.

Hanging Clothes

Tie garbage bags over your hanging clothes with the hangers sticking out of the top. Any clothes that fall off a hanger will land in the bag not on the moving truck floor. Plus, it makes them easy to carry and move into the new closet space.


Label your boxes by the room not contents. This way your friends will know where to take them without asking. You will most likely be unpacking by the room anyway. If you think there is something in the room you will need immediately – it should go in the “First Day” basket!

Packing Materials

Invest in a good tape gun, it’s worth it to be able to tape boxes by yourself and you only have one item to keep track of! Packing paper is a must for your fragile items. Break down and purchase some if you need to – newspaper works but the ink comes off on your hands and these days it’s almost harder to find in quantity. Exception - If you live in an area that prints a local paper you may be able to get “end of roll” unprinted paper from them. Call and see what’s available. Boxes are the backbone of your move.   Yes – you can get boxes in assorted sizes from many places but there is a lot to be said for purchasing boxes in a couple sizes. When the boxes are uniform in size it changes packing the truck from a time consuming game of Tetris to a much easier task.  Also pack everything in a box – even if it’s awkward and takes up a whole box. Same principle, it’s much easier to pack the square box than the oddly shaped whatchamacallit.

REWARDS for YOUR Moving Crew

Make sure to show your appreciation to friends and family who help out around moving day. Some may help pack before, some may help on move day and some may help unpack later in the week, but the point is make sure to have snacks, bottled water and/or adult beverages chilled and ready for consumption. You may need to pack a cooler if the fridge is being moved.  On the actual day of the big move, order pizza; the crew will appreciate it and you don’t have to do any clean up. (And remember, the paper plates are in the “First Day” basket!)

Pay It Forward

Lastly, don’t forget to be there for them when they move – when they see how smoothly your move went they will be sure to want your help.

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