Packing is hands down the most tedious job in a move. People put it off until the last minute and then end up frazzled when they realize that they have not packed a thing. This is why the phone is found in the blender, the television remote nests inside of a box of books, and no one has a clue where their clothing is.
As soon as you know that you’re going to move, begin to pack. It’s that simple! Find a FlatRate mover, and get started. Everything that has been in storage areas can be gone through and packed. Anything that you have not used in several months (excluding keepsakes and seasonal clothing) should be donated or sold. A rummage sale is a great way to raise extra money for a move and get rid of things you no longer want or need.
After you have gone through all of your stored possessions and packed them, move to your closets. Again, anything you have not used in a long time should be donated, sold, or thrown out. Children outgrow clothing quickly, now is a good time to get rid of clothing that will not fit or cannot be passed down. Pack clothing in vacuum seal bags if possible. This compresses them and keeps clothing safe in case they are dropped during moving. If your move is not far in the future, pack everything except for enough outfits to last until the move. At the same time you pack clothing, you can pack bedding. Use the same type of vacuum seal bags for blankets and comforters. This advice applies to both moving and storage.
Decorative items and family pictures should be packed next. Wrap in newspaper or bubble wrap. Newspaper and other left-over papers are more eco-friendly than plastic bubble wraps and styrofoam peanuts. While you still have the wrapping supplies for breakable items, move into the kitchen and pack away what you will not be using. If the move will be soon, pack everything and use disposable dishes and silverware. Compostable options are available – good for the environment and for you, no dishes to wash during move day!
The last items to pack are things you use everyday. These things can be placed into an essentials box. Each member of the family should have their own box with the things they will need right away. Favorite clothing, medication, children’s lovies, extra underwear, and anything else they (or you) consider essential. A box should also be packed with essential items for the whole family: toiletries, take-out menus, cell phone chargers, and a first aid kit.
Lastly, be sure that your appliances are ready to be moved. Clean them well and tie all cords out of the way. If a cord is too short to tie, duct tape the end as high as possible to the back of the appliance.
Every family is different, so you will find that this list may evolve according to your needs. Remember to label every box according to room and when you reach your new home, place the boxes into the rooms they are labeled for right away. Unpacking will go smoother when every box is easily identified.