Are You Planning A Move?

Creating A Packing Schedule For Your Move

by Chad Stanley

When it comes to getting ready for a move, you may feel overwhelmed at the idea of packing everything away. Creating a schedule for packing and sorting can help to make a big task feel smaller. Here are a few tips you can use as you begin to get ready for a move.

Begin With Non-Essentials

The first packing task on your list should be non-essentials. You can begin packing these items as soon as you think you're going to be moving. Having items you need but don't use every day already packed can help you feel less stressed as moving day approaches. Start with closets, junk drawers, and storage areas of the home to get the items you haven't touched in a while packed away.

Move On To Decor Pieces

While decor items, such as vases and wall hangings, bring beauty to your home, they are not items you'll need access to right up until moving day. Go through the house, one room at a time, and pack away decor pieces. Wrap fragile items in tissue paper before packing them away, and label your boxes by room so you can easily unpack and put these decorations up after your move. There are a few decor items you might want to hold off on, such as throw pillows and throw blankets, as you may still use them regularly.

Pack Books And Media

As moving day gets closer, start going through books, CDs, and DVDs. Keep any items your children use regularly set aside. These can be packed closer to the moving day, and they can be used to keep your little ones busy as you pack. Use small boxes to ensure each box is easy to move, and use tissue paper to protect the covers of your favorite books. If you find you are missing cases and covers for CDs and DVDs, invest in a disc storage book or box you can use to organize and protect the discs.

Save Everyday Items For Last

The items you use every day, such as towels, plates, sheets, and in-season clothing should be saved for last. You can begin to pair down your stock of these items by starting boxes for them. For example, if you have a dinnerware set for 12, pack some of the place settings away and leave out only one place setting for each person. You'll still be able to serve meals for the last few days before your move without having to pack all of your plates at the last minute. After dinner on the night before your move, you can pack away the last few dishes.

Ask your professional moving company if it has any guidelines or other tips you can use to prepare for your move, and make a list of packing tasks you need to complete. This can make it easier to keep on track and on schedule as you prepare to move