The going away parties are complete. The dogs are at your mother's house until you move into the new home. You have one more week at your current job. But, you have not packed the first box yet. It is overwhelming, isn't it? You still have to go through the closets and basement to find things to give to purge. Not feeling inclined? Imagine this: the last day. The next day, the moving truck will be backing up to the front door. You shouldn’t be packing while the movers just stand around. Feeling motivated now? Let us assist you with packing for your move with these ideas. It'll be completed before you know it.
Pack the bathroom, leaving only the toilet paper and your personal care items. Put a clear plastic tub with lid in the bathroom. The last night, you will set your personal hygiene items and the toilet paper into the container. It will travel in the car with you.
Then, box up the basement & attic. If it's an extensive job, you will need a little aid, but getting it done is imperative. If the basement and attic aren't so bad, then get them finished 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 will know where to put them in the new house.
Pack the closets. Put in a few boxes things you won't need again or do not want. Put those to the side, because you will be dropping them off at a local donation center the following day. Clearly mark the rest of the boxes or clear plastic totes, so you'll know where to place them in the new pad.
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 several of the books again, then pack them in the charity boxes. Clearly label the boxes or clear plastic containers 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 containers. Do not forget to take down the curtains or whatever kind of window treatments you have. You should launder everything washable on the nights you pack the corresponding rooms. Your things will be fresh for the new house. If you bought new things for the new home, then pack the old things in the boxes to be donated.
Box 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 can 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 towels and curtains before packing them in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic containers for the new pad.
Final night in the old residence! Double check each room and its closet. If anything was left behind, pack it up. If all belongings in the room have been relocated to the garage or central box repository location, 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 it. 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, 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 better on everyone who is assisting to load the truck. Go through the garage items, packing away 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 your vehicle, 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 everything is packed, then go to bed and get a good night’s sleep before moving day.
When you work long hours, it is hard 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!