Packing up all of your possessions may seem daunting, but keep in mind - it's a process. People often procrastinate packing, making it even more stressful; don't leave the packing until the last minute.
It's a lot of work, and can be mentally draining but you can do this! We've put together a streamlined way to pack your entire home. With this simple "Next Steps" process, and phased approach, you can be sure to have an easy move and it all starts with...
Before you start packing, you’ll need to prepare for the move.
Make a packing calendar to keep you on pace. Breaking down your move day by day will likely help you fight off the feeling of being overwhelmed, so schedule things out.
Make sure you’ve got plenty of the usual moving/packing supplies: Cardboard boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and any other cushioning material like packing peanuts and plastic wrap.
Take a detailed inventory of the items you own. Rather than just stop there with a “headcount” of items, use this opportunity to throw out non-essential items and save valuable space and effort. Divide your items into a category that you’ll be keeping, a category for things to be sold/donated, and a category of things that must be thrown out. Once you’ve got a good look at what you’re dealing with, you’re ready to tackle the issue of what to pack first when moving.
WHEN TO BEGIN
You should have a calendar to dictate your schedule. If you’re not pre-packing, starting with minor items roughly four weeks ahead of your move, you could already be falling behind. Start packing non-essential things at this time, making sure to save the absolute daily necessities until late in the packing game. Here’s a better breakdown of what to pack, and when to pack it; we also recommend starting a few weeks in advance.
FIRST FOCUS: Attic Fodder
Out-of-season items: Holiday decorations and clothing
Surplus items: Linens, towels, and office supplies that aren’t currently in use
Collectibles: Scrapbooks, figurines, miniatures, art, coin collections, etc.
SECOND FOCUS: Design Elements and Entertainment (Phase 1)
Artwork and Decor: Framed pictures, souvenirs, heirlooms. Proceed with caution, as these are often fragile
Entertainment Items: Books, CDs, vinyl records, DVDs, video game discs and consoles
Special Kitchenware: Fine china and crystal, mostly, but also pie pans, barbecue tools, and any other kitchen items that do not see routine use
THIRD FOCUS: Accessories and Entertainment (Phase 2)
Games for Children: Pack any remaining puzzles, stuffed animals, etc. that haven’t already been put away. Let children pick a few toys that they can have out right up until moving day
Jewelry: Keep a few pieces on your person and secure the rest in a jewelry box
Remainder of Linen Closet: Every resident should have a small set of sheets and towels still in use. The rest will start to be packed around this time
FORTH FOCUS: Everything else that isn't furniture!
Electronics: Make sure no device gets left behind – phone, computers, tablets, etc.
Remainder of Kitchen Equipment: The rest of your kitchen should now be ready to go, including cutlery, dishes, and drinking glasses.
Laundry: Make sure you have enough clean clothes just to get where you’re going – it’s going to slow you down if you trail bags and bags of dirty laundry.
Medicines and Bathroom Supplies: Pack up everything that isn’t a vital prescription, and make a first aid kit that can be carried around.
FIFTH FOCUS: The big stuff... Except for your bed & toiletries
Furniture and Appliances: This is not exactly a simple part of the moving process. Just be careful when moving furniture through tight corridors and down stairs
Curtains, Rugs, Other Furnishings: The “miscellaneous” category
Toolbox: Make sure you have basic tools where you can reach them, as you’ll probably need them for assembly jobs at your new place
FINAL FOCUS: Beds, linens and toiletries
Bed and Bedding: You haven’t been sleeping on the floor this whole time, right? Regardless, it’s now time to transport your bed and sheets
Remaining Toiletries and Medicines: Just to be prepared
Items for Children and Pets (Including Snacks): It’s important that children feel like they’re getting back into a daily routine quickly after the upheaval of moving
Cleaning Supplies: It’s entirely possible that you’ll have to clean up your place one last time before you leave
To move your home services and utilities over to your new home, be sure to contact Direct Home Connect! We can connect your cable, satellite, internet, security, water, gas and energy before you move. Call today! 800-610-2139