If you are preparing to move into a new home, you understandably may be feeling overwhelmed by the monumental task in front of you. Moving requires you to pack up every little thing in your home and to transport it to another location that may be hundreds of miles or more away. Often, this process is entirely completed within one or several days. Packing is one of the preliminary steps you can and should take before moving day arrives, but this step of the pre-moving process can be daunting and strenuous. By following a few easy steps, you can speed up the process.
Do Spring Cleaning First
If your home is like most, it is filled with unused junk hidden in nooks and crannies throughout every room. Packing up junk and later unpacking it in your new home is a waste of time. It can also waste money in the form of extra moving supplies and moving services. Spring clean your entire home before you begin packing to save yourself both time and money. Have a garage sale, or donate some items to charity.
Start Packing Early
Some people will attempt to pack up their belongings within a week before moving. However, this can make you feel stressed and rushed for time. It is best to pack a few boxes per day over the course of several weeks. While your overall packing time may not be reduced by the step, spreading the process out can make it seem like less work.
Get Your Materials
The last thing you want is to be in the middle of a packing session only to find out that you have run out of materials. Heading to the store to pick up more supplies can be a time-consuming detour. Purchase most of the packing materials you need up-front to be as efficient as possible.
Use Bags, Suitcases and Other Storage Items
In most homes, there are a substantial amount of bags, suitcases, laundry baskets and other items that can be used as packing materials. Stuff as much as you can into these items. Because you must pick up and haul these items into a new location anyway, you might as well make the most out of this effort by loading them with other items. This can help you to be as efficient as possible.
Pack the Non-Essentials First
When you start packing your items weeks in advance, you run the risk of packing items that you may need at some point before your moving day arrives. Having to pack and unpack boxes several times is inefficient. Therefore, only pack the most essential items first.
Packing will be a lengthy process, but you can dramatically reduce the time and effort required by following these tips. Regardless of where you are in the packing process currently, employ these tips to start saving time.