The going away parties are over. The cats are at your mother's house until you move into the new residence. You have one more week until you are done with your current job. But, you have not packed the first box yet. It is anxiety producing, isn't it? You still have to go through the closets and basement to find things to give to charity. Not feeling motivated? Imagine this: the last day. The next day, the moving truck will be backing up to the front door. You cannot be packing while the movers are on the clock. Feeling motivated now? Let us aid you with packing for your relocation with these tips. It'll be done before you know it.
Pack up the bathroom, leaving only the toilet paper and your personal care regimen. Put a clear plastic container with lid in the bathroom. The last night, you will set your personal care items and the toilet paper into the container. It will travel in the car with you.
Next, box up the basement & attic. If it's an huge job, you could need a little assistance, but getting it done is crucial. If the basement and attic aren't so bad, then get them finished and lug the packed boxes to the garage. If you can’t use the garage as your central box repository, then place them in one of the bedrooms you do not use every day. Clearly mark the boxes or clear plastic containers, so you'll know where to put them when you move.
Pack the closets. Put in a few boxes things you won't need again or do not like. Set those to the side, because you'll be dropping them off at a donation drop-off the next day. Clearly mark the rest of the boxes or clear plastic totes, so you will know where to unload them to in the new residence.
Pack up the living room or one of the bedrooms or wherever you have your personal office. If you won't be needing it, take apart the computer and its components or your laptop and tablet. Pack away any other office equipment such as your printer. Pack any books. If you won't be reading several of the books again, then pack them in the charity boxes. Clearly label the boxes or clear plastic containers for proper placement in the new house.
Pack the bedrooms. Pack bed and bath (if you have one adjoining the bedrooms) items in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic totes. Do not forget to take down the curtains or whatever kind of window treatments you have. You might want to launder everything that can be washed on the nights you pack the corresponding rooms. Your things will be fresh for the new house. If you bought new things for the new home, then pack the old things in the donation boxes.
Pack up the kitchen. You can eat sandwiches off of paper plates or order food delivery for the next couple days. Wash everything and pack it away. You might use your blankets and towels to place in between dishes. Place small vases and decorative bottles in socks. Wrap any paintings or decorative items such as canisters and photo frames in thick winter jackets... or you can use bubble wrap. Don’t forget to launder any kitchen linens like towels and cafe curtains before placing them in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic containers for the new pad.
Last night in the old residence! Double check each room and its closet. If anything was unintentionally left, pack it up. If all belongings in the room have been moved to the garage or central box repository area, close the room’s door, so the movers will know that they don’t have to do anything with that particular room, which will be helpful. They will appreciate you for the help. Last minute things such as personal hygiene items, breakfast foods and clothing for the next day should be put aside in a clear plastic tote.
Pack up your clothes, laundering the dirty clothes. Triple check to make sure that all boxes and clear plastic containers are the garage or the central box repository location to make it easier on everyone who is assisting to load the truck. Go through the garage items, packing away what will be going with you. Place in boxes things such as half-full paint cans, paint thinner, gasoline for the lawn mower and any other flammable things. Those will go with you in the car, since the trash will not pick them up, nor can they go on the moving truck.
Pack up the garden tools, lawn mowers, deck furniture and any gardening things like bags of soil and pots. Make sure that all the packing is complete, then go to bed and get a good night’s sleep before moving day.
When you work long hours, it's hard to find time to pack your belongings. Following this nightly guide will help get you packed up and ready for moving day. We hope it helps!