Have you just been approved for a new apartment or relocating because of a new job? While finding a place lets you check off a major item on your to-do list, you now have the challenge of packing all your items before moving day. Indeed, packing is the most time-consuming aspect of moving. So, when should you start packing to move? The short answer: start as soon as you confirm the move.
When Should You Start Packing to Move
This post breaks down what you need to do in the weeks to the moving day all the way to the moving day. It’s like a packing calendar that will help you stay on track as moving day approaches and declutter your home.
6 To 8 Weeks Before the Move
Start clearing out your closets, garage, attic and basement. Decide what you want to keep and what you need to sell, donate or discard. This is also the best time to research potential moving companies. Compare rates, read reviews and testimonials and ask for quotes. It’s also important to ask for proof of insurance.
4 To 6 Weeks Before the Move
- Arrange a moving sale so that you have enough time to discard, donate or sell items you don’t need.
- Select a reputable moving company and settle on a moving date
- Get enough packing supplies. Your moving sale should have downsized your items so you can order fewer packing supplies and make moving day easier.
1 Month Before the Move
- As you kick off the actual packing, come up with a labeling system to ensure your belongings are organized. You can also take advantage of a packing app to help you pack more efficiently.
- Start packing stuff that you rarely use, such as items in the storage room, decorative china and holiday décor.
2 Weeks Before the Move
- Start packing anything that you consider non-essential for daily use.
- Organize important documents, including bank account statements, insurance policies, stocks and bills to make sure they’re packed securely in the same box.
1 Week Before the Move
- Finish packing the rest of the non-essential items.
- Start using a box containing everything you’ll need until the day of the move and immediately after arriving at your new premises. Make sure you have everything from cutlery and a change of clothes to cleaning supplies and toilet paper.
The Day Before the Move
- Get rid of perishable food, clean out the fridge and defrost the freezer.
- Clearly label all appliances and furniture you’re not taking with you
- Keep the box containing items you’ll need on the day of the move along with your checkbook, credit cards, jewelry and cash with you during the move.
So, when should you start packing? Start packing as early as possible. Packing sooner makes for a less stressful move, especially if you’re going to be moving long distance. The trick is to prioritize your packing. You can also hire movers to assist you on your moving day. Have a plan and try to stay on schedule so you don’t lose anything or cut corners that could end up being costly.