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When Should You Begin Packing for a Move?

March 18, 2021

Moving Tips

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, moving rates in 2020 were similar to those of 2019. Illinois, New York, and California registered the highest outbound rates, with Illinois topping at 69%

If you’ve been mulling about moving, then 2021 presents the ideal year to do so. However, moving is an overwhelmingly stressful process because besides the actual relocation, packing for a move can have you pulling your hair out.

As you’ve probably heard, the sooner you begin packing, the less stressful your move will be. However, even packing earlier for your move is sometimes easier said than done, especially if you have a lot of stuff to move. The million-dollar question thus becomes, “When should you begin packing for a move?”

Today’s piece will give more information on how to pack for a move.

Two Months to the Move

For residential moving, two months before the move is an ideal time to start packing. Eight weeks before moving gives you ample time to pack everything systematically. It also allows you to leave out the basic stuff you need for sustenance before the actual move.

About two months to moving, you should start clearing out stuff from the attic, basement, and garage. Pick a room that will store all the boxes that you’ll use for packing later. Doing so helps keep your entire house from looking like a storage facility.

Work in piles, choosing things that you want to keep, donate, sell and discard. This is also the perfect time to start looking into various moving companies that may be right for you. You can check out reviews and testimonials from the companies’ sites and review sites like Yelp and the BBB.

Six weeks to the Move

By the time it’s six weeks before the move, you should have a firm idea of what you want to keep and what you want to go. That way, you can organize a moving or garage sale for the items you don’t want to keep. Remember, if you don’t think some items can sell, try donating them or doing away with them.

You can donate your old clothes to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. These organizations have donation sites all over the country where you can drop off clothes you no longer wear.  You can donate books you don’t read to your local libraries and sell old furniture and appliances to Habitat for Humanity Restore.

After you’re done sorting what items you’re taking with you, it’s now time to pick a moving company. Ensure you explore all your options and select a company with proper credentials, including a valid license. This is also the right time to get moving supplies for your move.

If your moving sale was successful, you’ll have downsized enough to only need a couple of boxes for your move. 

A Month to the Move

When you have only four weeks to move, it’s time to get down to the serious stuff. A month to the move is when you get to the actual packing. That means creating a labeling system and putting everything in their respective boxes.

You can consider downloading a moving app to help you with your packing. These apps help you keep an inventory of your stuff and sort your moving boxes. Don’t forget decorations like vases and chinaware; these need special care because they’re fragile and expensive.

If you still have stuff left over after packing, contact charities for a pickup or arrange for a drop-off. You can leave out seasonal items that you don’t need at the moment. You will pack those later on.

Two Weeks to the Move

With only two weeks to the move, things are bound to get a little heated. It’s now time to start packing items you don’t consider essential for daily use. These include stuff like extra utensils, tools, and things you use for hobbies. 

You should also gather all essential documents, including your bank statements, insurance statements, stocks, among others. Put all these documents in a single box and label them appropriately. Put the box in a secure place as you await the move.

A Week to the Move

During the last week before the move, it’s now time to pack all non-essential items. As you do that, create a “last day” box, which is a box that’ll carry all the items you’ll need before the day of the actual move.  Some of these items include: 

  • Tissue paper
  • A few clothes
  • Essential utensils

Set these items aside so you don’t pack them accidentally before the move. Also, liaise with your moving company and start talking about details.

A Day to the Move

Even though you have one day before the move, the day before the move is in practice, the day you begin moving. One day to the move, it’s time to defrost the freezer and clean it out. 

Next, label the appliances and furniture that you aren’t moving with. 

Last-Minute Packing Tips

Sometimes despite doing your best to plan, you end up with a bit of last-minute packing. If that’s the case, then here a few last-minute packing tips.

  • Hire professional packers
  • Eliminate excess items
  • Hold a packing party for some extra help

Doing any of the above can help with your last-minute packing. Despite the rush, don’t forget to take your “last day” box with you.

Packing for a Move Made Simple

Packing for a move is a breeze if you take the above procedure to heart. As you prepare for a move, make sure you have the packing down pat for a seamless move. Also, ensure you get as much help as possible to make your packing faster.

Sometimes packing and moving can be a bit overwhelming, but we’re here to help. For professional moving and packing services, request an estimate today.

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