Packing Up Your Home
How furiously you need to pack depends on how long you have before you move, but try not to leave it to the last minute and end up panic-packing, as you will regret that after the move.
Our moving checklist assumes that you have a reasonable amount of time to pack, but if you have to pack in a hurry… just accelerate your progress through the list.
Even if your current home is on the market, you can still pack. Just stack boxes neatly in one corner of the room but try to keep them out of line of site from the front door.
And keep in mind that not everything needs to be “packed”. For most local moves, you can leave the clothing in the dresser drawers. This will also help reduce wasted space inside the moving truck.
However, you should pack up any small, loose, or valuable items that could get lost if the dresser drawer tipped over during the move.
|Create an inventory list||To track each box and its contents|
|Number your boxes||You’ll know how many you have if one goes missing|
|Set up a packing supplies station||Keep all your supplies in one place|
|Create donate pile(s)||Moving is a great opportunity to purge, purge, purge|
|Pack other belongings||Gym locker? Safety deposit box? Etc.|
|Create “Unpack First” Boxes||One for each key room – Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedrooms|
|Create “I Will Move This” area||Put things you will bring by yourself in this space|
|Separate hazardous items||Some things need special handling|
|Pack off-season items||Get these packed up an out of the way|
|Pack collectables & knick-knacks||You’ll be fine without these for a few weeks|
|Pack guest room(s)||Unless you are expecting company before the move|
|Pack storage room(s)||And purge as much as possible while doing so|
|Pack cold cellar/pantry||Keep a few essentials, if you must|
|Pack china cabinet||You won’t be needing those fancy plates right now|
|Pack family photos||Photo albums & framed photos can all be packed early|
|Pack books & movies||You can live without these while you’re moving|
|Pack any “Collections”||Be it comic books or stamps, pack ‘em now!|
|Pack decor accents||Organize these by color or category, not room|
|Pack linen closet||Use these items as padding while you’re packing|
|Pack yard/shed||Keep a couple of essentials to do yard cleanup|
|Pack files & records||Put these in the “I Will Move This” area|
|Pack dishes||Dishes should be packed vertically (like vinyl albums)|
|Pack a suitcase||Enough to get each person through the first few days|
|Balance the weight||Light items in larger boxes, heavy items in smaller boxes|
|Wrap hanging clothes||Keep on the hangers and cover with garment/trash bag|
|Pack room-by-room||Tackle what’s left, one room at a time|
|Defrost the freezer||Nobody wants to move a block of ice|
|Washer & Dryer||If moving them, disconnect and drain the washer|
|Disassemble beds the night before||Sleep on just the box spring and mattress for one night|
|Keep older towels and sheets out||These can be used to wrap and protect furniture|
QUICK TIP: Label boxes on the top and 2 sides, so that you can easily see what’s in the box while you’re carrying it or if it’s buried in a pile of boxes.