Posted on: 17 February 2021
Packing up your entire home for a last-minute move can be a daunting challenge. But it's easier when you have a plan and an organized approach to the chaos. Here are five tips to help you find the right approach that will make quick work of this often-unwanted task.
1. Designate a Dumping Room
A dumping room is a space you clear first — such as the garage or spare bedroom — where you put things to prevent them from slowing down the process. Use it to store bulk packing supplies. Stage donation items here or make it a fix-it station. And include items you can't decide to keep to get rid of. The idea is to move things out of the way so they don't derail your progress.
2. Use the Same System
Each room should use the same organization system when packing. If you keep the packing supplies near the door, do so in all rooms. If there's a pile of things to donate in the north corner, keep to this same spot whenever possible. When the system in each room is known, anyone can enter and see what's been done, what needs to be done, and what goes where.
3. Let Pros Handle the Hard Stuff
When you don't have a lot of time, let trained professionals handle certain tasks that will slow down your momentum. This might include items that need to be disassembled, rooms that are too complex for one person to take on, or specific furnishings that will require extra planning (such as a fish tank or piano). Don't spend all your limited time trying to figure out how to move any one specific thing.
4. Write Things Down
Checklists are a lifesaver when you have a lot to do in a short time. Write down anything and everything so you don't forget. Make a moving timeline. Make a list of things the movers will handle. Make a list of tasks that need to be done. Write down what will be in your essentials bag for the trip. Write down what supplies you do and don't have. It will all serve to help you keep all the balls in the air.
5. Don't Try to Do It All
Most people recommend sorting, organizing, and purging belongings before moving. But for a quick move, don't try to get all these steps done. It's okay to pay to move some things you may not keep. And it's okay to delegate the workload to movers rather than get stuck in trying to decide what brings you Marie Kondo-style joy. Do whatever it takes to get your things on the truck, then sort it all out later.
Want more help finishing your last-minute move? Get help with whatever needs to be done by meeting with residential movers in your area. Together, your move team will help you organize for maximum efficiency, keep momentum, and manage the hard parts. Call residential movers today to make an appointment.Share