Making a move down the street or across the country can be stressful.
No matter how far you go, you still have to pick up the life you’ve planted over the years and start a new journey. This can be even more intimidating if you’re taking on a last minute move.
However, the process does not have to be as bad as it sounds.
Moving can be simple when you know how to pack quickly. All it takes is having a plan, a few extra hands, and going step by step. A good attitude will also help.
Even for a quickly approaching move, there are certain rules to follow to get everything done and breathe a little easier along the way.
Here are our best packing tips to apply for a last minute move.
Organize the Mess in Your Head
The first thing you need to do is make a plan.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve waited for months or a move came up unexpectedly, a plan will get you through the process much quicker. It organizes the worst mess you have during a move – the one in your head as you worry about timing, things, and logistics.
Take a deep breath, sit down, and get to work.
Start with making a list of the areas of the house you want to take on first. Maybe you go straight for the garage or all the stuff in the kitchen. Or, maybe you begin in the bedroom and work your way out.
Give each space a specific amount of time for packing to help you stay on track. Also, don’t even begin to pack anything until you’ve done a walk-through of your space.
Make note of what you don’t use anymore and things you just have laying around.
Start separating your belongings into “Take”, “Give Away” and “Throw Away” piles. These don’t have to be perfectly organized, but establishing them will help you understand how to pack quickly.
For those who have been putting the moving process off, it can help you accept the closing of a new chapter and feel comfortable moving forward.
Get Moving Supplies
Once you have a plan and a better visual of what you actually need to take, you have an idea of the supplies you need!
If you end up with a “Take” pile smaller than you thought it would be, you can end up saving on the number of big boxes you were going to get.
This is especially valuable when learning how to pack quickly, because you can’t waste time looking for old moving boxes from friends or businesses. Instead, it’s best to go straight to your moving company of choice for supplies.
Get all the boxes you need as well as bubble wrap, packing paper, and strong tape. Grab a few markers to label everything, too.
A great tip is to pick up your supplies at the same time you are going to drop off donations and throw things away. This gets your important pre-packing errands out of the way, leaving you more time at home to cross other to-do’s off your list!
Start with Clothing
You may be tempted to take on the clutter in the living room or all the stuff in the garage first, but one of the best things to do when packing is starting with clothes.
When was the last time you cleaned out your closet?
Going through this area of the house first shows you just how much you really don’t wear anymore, and what you’ve outgrown. If you are moving to a completely new climate, you may find yourself starting another donation pile, which is totally fine.
The important thing is to make a dent in the pile of clothes you’re taking.
Separate your clothes into a suitcase and pack up the rest in a box. The suitcase will help you get settled in your new home, because it should have the right outfits you need for at least the first week or so.
The rest you can worry about once the moving stress is over.
Make a Box of Necessities
As you’re planning ahead for outfits you’ll need in your new place, think of other immediate necessities.
This can be anything from toiletries to electronics and chargers. If you have children, pack their favorite toys with this box to keep everyone happy. Don’t forget everyone’s favorite snacks, either!
Even simple kitchen supplies can be added. You’ll thank yourself when you don’t have to go digging for the coffee maker on your first morning in a new home.
Necessities also include any medications for members of the family, and maybe a first aid kit, just in case.
Call People Who Know How to Pack Quickly
Keep in mind you don’t have to take on the moving process alone!
Invite friends and family over to help you pack. You can turn on the music, order easy food like takeout or pizza, and get much more done with extra hands. Plus, this gives you a chance to get everyone together again before a last minute move.
You’ll be surprised at the quality memories you can make when packing, and how much they can take your stress away. The more people you call, the faster the process goes and the more you all enjoy it.
By now, you should understand learning how to pack quickly doesn’t mean packing in a rush.
However, sometimes getting everything done at once can cause you to overlook important details, which is why pictures are helpful.
Are you taking apart pieces of furniture? Pictures will help you understand how to quickly put them back together.
Did you recently purchase a new couch or dining set? Document the condition they are in prior to the move. This way, you can double-check their quality once you’re all moved in.
Communicate with Your Movers
Good communication can speed up the moving process, and it is especially beneficial for a last minute move.
Before you do anything on this list, contact your movers for a quote and schedule what you need. Ask them about what is and is not allowed on trucks and in storage.
Be sure to double-check your movers of choice by reading customer testimonials. This helps you know what to expect on your move.
Ready to get to work?