Packing for Your Move in Houston When You are Short on Time 12/05/2017 The going away parties were last week. The cats are at your mother's house until you move into the new residence. You have one more week at your current job. But, you haven't packed the first box yet. It is anxiety producing, isn't it? You still should 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 should not be packing while the movers have nothing to do. Feeling motivated now? Let us help you with packing for your move with these ideas. It'll be done before you know it. Monday Night Box up the bathroom, leaving only the toilet paper and your personal care items. Put a clear plastic tote with lid in the bathroom. The last night, you will set your personal care items and the toilet paper in the tote. It will move in the car with you. Next, box up the basement & attic. If it's an huge job, you might need a little help, but getting it done is crucial. If the basement and attic are not so bad, then get them done and lug the packed boxes to the garage. If you can’t use the garage as your central box location, then place them in one of the bedrooms you do not 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. Tuesday Night Pack the closets. Place in a few boxes things you will not need again or do not like. Set those to the side, because you will be dropping them off at a charity store soon. Clearly mark the rest of the boxes or clear plastic containers, so you'll know where to unload them to in the new pad. Pack up the living room or one of the bedrooms or wherever you have your personal office. If you won't 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 totes for correct placement in the new house. Wednesday Night Pack 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 things for the new house, then pack the old things in the donation boxes. Thursday Night Pack up the kitchen. You can eat sandwiches from paper towels or order food delivery for the next couple days. Wash everything and pack it away. You could use your blankets and towels to place in between dishes. Put small vases and decorative bottles in socks. Wrap any paintings or decorative items such as candlesticks and figurines in thick winter jackets... or you can use bubble wrap. Do not forget to wash any kitchen linens like towels and curtains prior to placing them in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic containers for the new pad. Friday Night Final night in the old residence! Double check each room and its closet. If anything was not packed, pack it up. If all items from 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 be helpful. They will appreciate you for it. Last minute things 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 be positive 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 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 won't 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's a challenge to find time to pack your possessions. Following this nightly guide will help get you packed up and ready for moving day. We hope it helps!