Pack Fast & Move Fast With These 12 Tips 

 July 4, 2019

By Scott Teesdale  

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Moving day is inevitable. While it’s exciting to relocate to a new home for a fresh start, it’s a long and tedious process to get there. You’re probably wondering how you are going to do this and what may get broken along the way. Hopefully, you have a plethora of bubble wrap and boxes to get your journey off to a good start. It’s better to embrace the process rather than dread it. Kick yourself into maximum moving speed and follow these 12 steps to make packing easier.

1. Make a checklist

If you don’t make lists in life, you really should start. Lists help keep you focused on what needs to be done. It also allows you to cross off things and feel a sense of accomplishment. Write down everything you need to do on this moving journey. Include things like transferring the utilities and stopping the newspaper. There are plenty of free templates online that allow you to customize your list. Attach it to a clipboard and keep it hanging where you can have easy access to it. Think of it as a roadmap for this significant feat, and it will help keep you on track.

2. Kick procrastination to the curb

There are some items that you won’t be able to pack until the last minute, but there are plenty of things that can be put away now. If you tend to be a bit of a procrastinator, then it’s best to create a packing timeline. There’s no time for putting things off. Start small and work yourself up to more significant projects. Remember, a journey starts with a single step. Set small, attainable goals for each day so that you don’t overwhelm yourself.

3. Don’t be overcome with stress

No matter how you try to psych yourself for the task at hand, moving is a chore. It’s not a fun activity at all. Your back hurts, your fingers are tired, and you feel like if you pack one more box you may scream. You need to practice some relaxation techniques. If you think that you are getting overwhelmed, then you should step outside and get some fresh air.

4. Use strategy

The best thing you can do for yourself is to mark your boxes. When you get to the new home, you will be thankful you took that time to do this critical step. You can easily place kitchen boxes in the right location and have all your things in an orderly fashion. There’s nothing worse than trying to find the toothpaste and digging through 20 boxes to locate it.

5. Make a dedicated packing area

Packing can be a messy job, especially if you’re using newspapers, bubble wrap, boxes, and tape. So it’s best to have a dedicated area that’s out of your way to get the job done. Keep all your supplies in a small container for quick access. By having this specialized area, it will help keep everything where it needs to be and easy to find.

6. Don’t buy boxes – get recycled ones

Gone are the days when you could dumpster dive for boxes. Now, most establishments use a box crusher. However, you can call ahead and ask grocery stores and other markets to hold boxes. They are always happy to oblige since it means less work crushing them. You can always place an ad on social media asking for boxes too.

7. Don’t over-pack your boxes

There’s always a debate on how you should pack bulky items. It seems that heavier items belong in a small box. The smaller boxes are better for transporting more substantial things. The smaller shape allows you to get a better handle on them. Put lighter things inside the bigger boxes as they won’t bust through the bottom as quickly. It’s impressive the little tricks you learn that will make packing much more manageable.

8. Use all empty spaces

Space is always at a premium when you’re moving. Don’t let dressers and trunks go empty. Sure, it might be a tad bit heavier to have stuff in it while moving but think of all that additional space that you don’t need boxes to move. Get creative and put your breakables in the safety of a trunk rather than an old box.

9. Trash bags are your friend

The beauty of trash bags is that they are cheap, and they can fit into spaces that boxes cannot. These bags are great for your blankets, pillows, clothes, and other light items. Because they can be crammed and conformed to just about any space, you can pack much more by using these inexpensive wonders.

10. Wrap things in blankets and towels

One way that you can save on expensive packing materials is to use your blankets and towels. They provide a great cushion and cost you nothing. Just use some packing tape to secure them to your breakables.

11. Keep clothes on hangers

When it comes to the clothes in your closet, there is no need to take them down, fold them, put them in a box, and then unpack on the other side. Simply, take the hangers to the car and then hang them up in the new house. Save yourself a great deal of time by transporting these in your back seat.

12. Be ready on moving day

When moving day arrives, have everything ready to go. Don’t be handling last-minute packing when the movers arrive. You want to be prepared with nothing to do but drive yourself to your new abode. You will have enough chaos on that day without adding the stress of packing to the mix. Also, when people pack in a hurry, things almost always get broken.

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