The going away parties are over. The dogs are at your mother's house until you move into the new home. You have one more week until you are done with your current job. However, you haven't packed the first box yet. It is stressful, isn't it? You still must go through the closets and basement to find things to give to charity. Not feeling inspired? Envision this: the last day. The next day, the moving truck will be at your house. You cannot be packing while the movers just stand around. Feeling motivated now? Let us help you with packing for your relocation with these tips. It'll be over before you know it.
Pack up the bathroom, leaving only the toilet paper and your personal care items. Put a clear plastic container with lid in the bathroom. The last night, you will put your personal care items and the toilet paper into the tub. It will travel in the car with you.
Then, pack up the basement & attic. If it's an giant job, you could need a little help, but getting it done is imperative. If the basement and attic aren't so bad, then get them done and lug the packed boxes to the garage. If you cannot 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'll know where to put them when you are unloading at your new place.
Pack the closets. Pack in a couple boxes things you will not use again or don't want. Set those to the side, because you'll be dropping them off at a local donation center the following day. Clearly mark the rest of the boxes or clear plastic tubs, so you will know where to put them in the new place.
Pack up the living room or one of the bedrooms or wherever you have your personal office. If you won't be using 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 boxes to be donated. Clearly label the boxes or clear plastic tubs for proper 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. Don’t forget 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 items for the new residence, then pack the old things in the charity boxes.
Pack up the kitchen. You can eat sandwiches off of napkins or order food delivery for the next day or so. Wash everything and pack it away. You could 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 figurines in thick winter jackets... or you can use bubble wrap. Do not forget to launder any kitchen linens like dish towels and cafe curtains before placing them in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic containers for the new place.
Last night in the old residence! Go through each room and its closet. If anything was unintentionally left, pack it up. If all contents of the room have been moved to the garage or central box repository location, close the room’s door, so the movers will know not to bother, which will be a big help. They will appreciate you for the assistance. 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 make sure that all boxes and clear plastic containers are the garage or the central box repository location to make it better on everyone who is assisting to load the truck. Go through the garage items, packing up 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.
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 a challenge 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!