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 at your current job. However, you haven't packed a single box yet. It is stressful, isn't it? You still must go through the closets and basement to find things to give to donate. Not feeling motivated? Imagine 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 aid you with packing for your relocation with these ideas. It'll be over before you know it.
Pack up the bathroom, leaving only the toilet paper and your personal hygiene 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 tub. It will travel in the car with you.
Next, pack the basement & attic. If it's an extensive job, you might need a little help, but getting it done is so very important. If the basement and attic are not so bad, then get them done and consolidate 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 don't use every day. Clearly mark the boxes or clear plastic totes, so you will know where to put them when you are unloading at your new place.
Pack the closets. Place in one or two boxes things you won't use again or don't 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'll 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 will not 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 a few of the books again, then pack them in the charity boxes. Clearly label the boxes or clear plastic tubs for applicable placement in the new house.
Box up the bedrooms. Pack bed and bath (if you have one adjoining the bedrooms) items in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic containers. Remember to take down the curtains or whatever kind of window treatments you have. You might want to launder everything washable on the nights you pack the corresponding rooms. Your things will be fresh for the new house. If you purchased new items for the new home, then pack the old things in the donation boxes.
Pack up the kitchen. You can eat sandwiches from napkins or take out for the next couple days. Wash everything and pack it up. 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 bowls and photo frames 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 packing them in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic tubs for the new abode.
Last night in the old home! Go through each room and its closet. If anything was unintentionally left, pack it up. If all belongings in the room have been relocated to the garage or central box repository spot, close the room’s door, so the movers will know that the room has been cleared, which will save time. They will appreciate you for the help. Items you will need in the morning 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, washing the dirty clothes. Triple check to make sure that all boxes and clear plastic tubs are the garage or the central box repository location to make it easier on everyone who is helping 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 will movers move them.
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 is difficult 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!