Deciding to move may have been a hard one, but you did it and are ready to get the ball rolling. Whether you got hired to your dream job or you’re going to college, moving can be stressful. Especially, if you’re moving across the country, knowing where to start can be downright overwhelming.
From Ian’s Interstate Movers, keep reading to learn six ways to pack for a faster move.
List Everything You Want to Pack in Advance
Before you go pulling everything from your closets and shelves, go through your entire house and make a list of everything you plan on taking with you. To make things easier, have two separate checklists with one that says “Pack” and another that says “Donate.” Only put things you don’t want or can’t take on the donate list. For instance, if you’re looking to get rid of that office chair, add it to the donate list.
Start Packing Early and Ask for Help
It may sound like torture, but getting up early to pack your stuff has proven to be beneficial. Your mind is sharp and fresh when you wake up, so starting your early morning by packing is a great way to get it done. On a side note, why not enlist the help of a friend or family member? Preparation by yourself can be rather time-consuming and can go by faster if you have an extra pair of hands.
Pack the Valuables and Expensive Decor First
Before the moving day arrives, take the time to pack all your valuables in advance. If you have any vintage paintings or antique knick-knacks, make sure to pack them extra carefully. It’s easy for them to get scratched, chipped, or damaged due to everything being in a tight space.
Go Room by Room
One of the reasons why packing takes so long is because people focus on packing up the entire house. However, focusing on the whole house is counterproductive. Instead, focus your attention on one room at a time. That way, everything is organized and not discombobulated. Using the same two lists, decide what you can’t live without and what isn’t needed any longer.
Begin with Your Kitchen
The kitchen has large items to pack, such as pots, pans, and woks. Furthermore, the dishes and dinnerware are very fragile. However, enlisting the help of another person can make the process a lot less stressful. Make sure to pack any cookware you use the most separately from everything else. This way, you’ll at least have these items on hand and won’t have to search for them.
Toss as You Pack
While you’re packing, set aside items you don’t want or not planning to bring with you. Remember to look at your list and be honest about what you no longer need. It’s fine to be sentimental for some items, but not for all.
Moving is a very draining and exhausting task. However, it’s not as bad as it seems. People like to exaggerate from time to time, which makes it look like moving is stressful. Follow these six tips, and you’ll be on the road to your new home before you know it.