to help you keep your sanity . . .
Before you begin packing, determine when the absolute last day will be in your current residence. Many times, especially with the purchase of a new home, things don’t go as expected, and you may be at your old residence a few days longer than anticipated. There is nothing worse than not having items available as you need them. So let’s suppose you have a finite move out and day. Where do you start, so your move goes smoothly with little to no stress on your family?
One Month Out
The items you don’t use daily should be packed first, such as fine china. Empty out the china cabinet and pack breakable collectibles.
Tackle your knickknacks next. Empty shelves, in windows, in soffit areas, and on ledges.
Small appliances, not used daily, should be packed next. The waffle iron, the food processor, your beloved KitchenAid. Make sure to pack them in the same box, if possible, so it’s an easy unloading and set up in the new digs.
Do you have a hobby room? You will not have time to be completing any of those hobbies while you are in the midst of this move, so you might as well pack those items away. Add to that box anything that has to do with your creative projects.
Three Weeks Out
Bookcases hold myriad of kitschy catchables, and we won’t miss looking at them, or reading those books while we prepare for the move. Pack up the entire contents of your bookcases early on.
Use heavy quilts to wrap mirrors and paintings as you remove them from the walls.
Seasonal clothing. Whichever season you find your move landing in, you won’t be needing any of the other seasons’ worth of clothing. Box them up and stack them in your prep room.
Two Weeks Out
Your bathroom can be stripped down to the bare necessities. Leave a towel or two for each of you, along with your daily toiletries and pack the rest away. You may even find the minimal living refreshing.
Plan out a menu that uses as few kitchen item as possible through moving day, and pack everything else. Canned goods, spices, baking goods. The bulk of utensils, pots and pans can be boxed up early, too.
Pack up the garage except for the necessary items you may need like windshield washer fluid. Include all the garden tools and hoses except for the ones you may need until the move.
One Week Out
Pack up everyone’s dressers, pick out enough clothes for the last few days (pack as though you are going on a week long vacation, and you can even use your suitcases for this.
Pack up all closets, including the entry closet, usually a catch all filled with more than coats and outerwear. Next onto all bedroom closets where you’ll pack up of all those extra pairs of shoes, belts, anything like those extra purses and handbags that are stored on the top shelves of the closet.
Home office can mostly be packed away except for your computer and possibly printer, pull that bulletin board off the wall along with any posters, and or hanging wall files. Use a file box to make do so you don’t have everything to pack in your office the last day.
Pack remaining cleaning supplies from under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, leaving only what you’ll need to clean the home you are leaving.
On the morning of moving day, as you wake for the day, pull bedding off of beds, and pack into bags or boxes. Beds are often the last to take apart and pack and the first to put up in the new house.
Moving is an adventure and it can be fun to treat it as such, especially while you may feel as though you are camping our for a couple of days. Lean into the anticipation of getting settled and starting life in your new abode, and let the excitement fuel you. Green Truck Moving Company will have you covered for ALL of your moving needs. We make it a seamless adventure and help you get to the enjoyable aspects much faster than handling it all on your own.