The going away parties were last week. The dogs 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 haven't packed one box yet. It is stressful, isn't it? You still should go through the closets and basement to find things to give to donate. Not feeling inclined? Picture 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 help you with packing for your relocation with these tips. It'll be done before you know it.
Pack the bathroom, leaving only the toilet paper and your personal care items. Place a clear plastic tub with lid in the bathroom. The last night, you will place your personal hygiene items and the toilet paper in the tote. It will travel in the car with you.
After, pack up the basement & attic. If it's an giant job, you will need a little help, but getting it done is so very important. If the basement and attic aren't so bad, then get them done and bring the packed boxes to the garage. If you can’t use the garage as your central box location, then place them in one of the bedrooms you don't use every day. Clearly mark the boxes or clear plastic tubs, so you will know where to put them in the new house.
Pack the closets. Put in a few boxes things you won't use again or do not like. Set those to the side, because you will be dropping them off at a local donation center the next day. Clearly mark the rest of the boxes or clear plastic tubs, so you will know where to put them in the new residence.
Pack up the living room or one of the bedrooms or wherever you have your personal office. If you will not be using it, break down 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 some of the books again, then pack them in the charity boxes. Clearly label the boxes or clear plastic totes for applicable placement in the new house.
Box the bedrooms. Pack bed and bath (if you have one adjoining the bedrooms) items in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic tubs. Remember to take down the curtains or whatever kind of window treatments you have. You will 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 ordered new things for the new house, then pack the old things in the boxes to be donated.
Box up the kitchen. You can eat sandwiches from napkins or take out for the next couple days. Wash everything and pack it away. You might use your blankets and towels to place in between dishes. Put small vases and decorative bottles in socks. Wrap any paintings or decorative items such as canisters and figurines in thick winter jackets... or you can use bubble wrap. Don’t forget to wash any kitchen linens like dish towels and cafe curtains prior to packing them in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic tubs for the new place.
Last night in the old residence! Go through each room and its closet. If anything was not packed, pack it up. If all belongings in the room have been relocated to the garage or central box repository location, close the room’s door, so the movers will know that the room has been cleared, which will be helpful. They will appreciate you for it. Items you will need in the morning such as personal care 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 be positive that all boxes and clear plastic totes are the garage or the central box repository location to make it better on everyone who is assisting you to move. 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 will movers move them.
Round up the garden tools, lawn mowers, deck furniture and any gardening things like bags of soil and pots. Make sure to leave nothing behind, 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 stuff. Following this nightly guide will help get you packed up and ready for moving day. We hope it helps!