How To Pack Efficiently For Your Next Move
Packing is one of the hardest and most stressful parts of moving home. It’s a challenge to pack everything with time to spare, and it can set off a lot of emotions, which makes it even more difficult. On top of that, it’s not the most interesting of tasks, and it can easily be left until the last minute, making it even harder to deal with. However, if you follow the next few tips, you should be able to pack much more efficiently for your next move and make everything much less stressful. Read on to find out more.
One of the keys to packing more efficiently when it comes to moving house is to plan ahead. You’ll need to make sure you aren’t rushing and still packing your possessions on the day of your move, as this can add to the stress you’ll be feeling, and it’s a good way for things to get lost, forgotten, or broken.
Packing always takes longer than you think, so work backwards from the day you know you’ll be moving (or at least the approximate day if nothing has been confirmed yet) until where you are now. Try to pack something every day, leaving you some time at the end for anything you might have forgotten or any last-minute changes of plan.
Declutter As You Go
Something that will help you hugely when you are packing to move house is if you don’t have to pack everything. This might sound strange, but in reality, you can remove a lot of the hassle of packing by decluttering as you go. In this way, you won’t have to pack everything, and you won’t arrive at your new house with a lot of things you don’t really need. There are a variety of options you can choose when you declutter. You might sell some things, donate others, and if you have a lot of trash, you can arrange for a professional junk hauling company to come and remove it for you. You can start in your new place nice and fresh, and you can pack much more easily when there is less to pack in the first place.
Pack Room By Room
It’s important to have a system when you are packing your house for a move as this will make the process much more efficient, and you’ll know for sure that you are done (or know how much is left, so you know when to get help if you need it).
One of the best systems to use is to pack room by room. This will ensure you stay completely organised and you won’t miss anything. Make it a rule that you can’t start on another room until you have finished the one you are doing and it is empty.
You can choose whether to start with an easier room or a harder one. An easy room might be a bathroom, for example, as it won’t have a lot of things in it to pack. A harder room will be the kitchen which generally will have the most to pack. Starting small can make you feel like you’re achieving more because you’ll move through rooms more quickly, and this can be motivating, although starting in a larger room can feel like you’re rewarding yourself by having smaller rooms to do later in. What’s going to work best for you?
- Lisa has been blogging since 2013, and loves sharing resources and ideas for living a simple life. To get free printables, bonus words, and more - sign up for the newsletter.
Great advice because I know I have to move soon. Right now I take care of my father but he has dementia and Parkinson’s. I live with him and take care of him and my mom but he’s getting hard to handle so I will keep these tips in mind when I have to move.
These are great tips, thank you so much for sharing! I love the declutter as you go tip, that is always a great way to not only pack efficiently but get rid of stuff you no longer use or need as well.
Thanks for the article. We will be moving soon. And if you health issues and chronic pain you have to start as early as possible.
Moving is such an overwhelming task. It’s crazy how much you can accumulate over time! I like the idea of decluttering as you go, one room at a time