HOW TO PACK FOR MOVING DAY
Moving day coming up soon? If you’re moving for the first time in a while, or if you have a lot of stuff, packing can be tempting to put off. After all, it’s overwhelming! Don’t worry, though. If you follow our timeline for packing, you’ll be in great shape!
1 Week Before Moving Day
MAKE TRASH/DONATE/KEEP PILES
This can be tedious, but it will save you a ton of time and energy once you get closer to your move. Make some time over a weekend, or do a little bit every day. Start with one room and go through everything in it. Make piles for items that you can donate to your local charity shop and keep a detailed record of what you’ll donate. Make sure to get a receipt when you donate the items, because you can deduct those donations on your federal taxes.
For things that you can’t give away but don’t want to keep, make a trash pile. If you have things in your “keep” pile that you know you won’t use in the next two weeks, you could even go ahead and box it up. Even if you’re only able to fill one small box per room, that’s probably 2-5 boxes you won’t have to pack later. Don’t forget your attic, basement, or storage unit!
CANCEL OR CHANGE SERVICES
You’ll want to make sure to cancel or update the address on all your newspaper and magazine subscriptions about a week before you move. Similarly, you should cancel any regular home services you have, like gardeners, housekeepers, or pool maintenance. You can also call your utility providers to give them a precise date to disconnect your electricity, water, cable, gas, and phone lines.
FILL OUT YOUR CHANGE OF ADDRESS
You should fill out the USPS Change of Address so that you will receive mail at your new house. This should give the post office enough time so that your mail won’t arrive at your old address by the time you move in. There’s nothing more frustrating than missing an important piece of mail because it had to be forwarded to the correct address!
2 Days Before Moving Day
PACK AN “ESSENTIALS” BAG
You should pack this as if you’re staying in a hotel. What are the bare essentials you’ll need to finish packing and get ready to move? Make sure to pack the clothes you’ll move in, plus two extra sets for the day before your move and right after you’re all done. Pack your toiletries, a towel, and a roll of toilet paper. Pack any toys or games you’ll need for kids and/or pets. Also be sure to pack any electronics you might want access to when you’re in the new place but haven’t unpacked. Don’t forget the chargers!
CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE
Don’t buy any more groceries, and make sure you’re eating everything that would spoil if not refrigerated. Is your fridge already empty? It would be a great time to defrost your fridge and freezer if you won’t use it. That way, you can clean up any water and get one really big chore off your to-do list. If you have perishable food like produce that hasn’t been touched, consider donating it to your local food bank.
1 Day Before Moving Day
SAVE THOSE PEANUTS
Instead of buying expensive bubble wrap or packing peanuts, you can use clothing. Wrap your pyrex cookware in a sweatshirt. Wrap your bar glasses in t-shirts, or roll a sock around your stemware. Be creative with it! Not only will you save money, you’ll also save packing space by not packing all of your clothing separately.
SEAL LIQUID BOTTLES
A great way to make sure that liquids don’t spill out onto other items when you’re moving is to remove the screw cap, put a small piece of plastic wrap (or a piece of a plastic bag) over the top and then re-attach the cap. This way, even if the dispenser becomes unlocked or pushed open, your liquids won’t spill out. Do this with your toiletries, cleaning supplies, and non-perishable food items.
BAG AND TAPE SMALL COMPONENTS
If you have to take a lot of furniture or fixtures apart, chances are you’ll have a lot of loose screws, nails, nuts, bolts, or other kinds of small components. Keep everything in one place by putting all the components associated with an item into a small sandwich bag, and then taping them to the main component. That way, when you’re putting everything back together, you won’t have to search through piles and piles of loose screws and nails.
COLOR CODE YOUR LABELS
Make sure that you’re packing boxes room by room. You can also enlist all your laundry baskets, IKEA bags, tote bags and wicker bins to save money on boxes. If you do it this way, it’s a great idea to buy a couple of different colors of gift wrapping ribbon. You can assign a different color ribbon for each room so you know which containers go where. If you’re boxing everything, you can achieve the same with tape, box labels or permanent markers in different colors.
If you follow these tips carefully, you should be in great shape for moving day. By the time it comes to move, you’ll have everything you need packed, you’ll have the things you need during the move prepared, and you’ll have a system to unpack everything easily once you’re in your new home! Happy moving!