In a perfect world, you could pack up your home in a blink of an eye. Unfortunately, in between work and family obligations, finding time to pack at all can be a challenge. Regardless, if you find yourself needing to pack in a hurry, all hope isn’t lost. It just takes teamwork and a little strategic planning.
Continue reading to learn six hacks to packing up your house in a short time frame.
Begin With The Logistics
Moving at the last minute can make everything you do seem unbelievably difficult. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed before you even get started. However, rather than letting these tasks get the better of you, simply take a deep breath and begin scratching things off the list. Begin by hitting the web and contact moving companies or rent a moving truck. If you plan on using movers, ask friends and family for referrals, or you can do a quick internet search and find the reputable ones in your area.
Declutter and Dispose
You know what they say, “The less you have to pack, the easier it is to pack.” This is especially true with last minute moves. Search through every room, drawer, cabinet, nook and cranny and get rid of anything that’s obsolete. An easy way to do this is to separate these items into three different categories; recycle, donate and trash. Remember to think practically as you do this and not sentimentally.
Make a Moving Essentials Bag
Before you begin rummaging through everything you need to pack, take out a backpack or small duffle bag and put everything that you can’t afford to misplace. This can include chargers, medication, documents, two sets of fresh clothes and medication. While doing this is just as important even if you weren’t in a rush, packing an essentials bad is crucial during a last minute move. Things can pretty hectic and chaotic, so it’s best to be prepared.
Pack First, Think Later
With so little time to pack, you don’t have the luxury to think. What you’re trying to accomplish is to get all of your belongings to your new home in one piece.
Since you don’t have to sort through items, here are a few tips for packing while in a hurry:
- Use your towels to protect any breakables
- Only put together boxes you need
- Bundle clothing in easy to transport piles or on hangers
Ask For Assistance
With moving being a long and difficult task, especially when it must be completed in a short amount of time, don’t hesitate to ask your friends or family for help. Having another helper on deck helps you stay focused and gets the job done faster. Tasks such as clearing out your kitchen cabinet will go much faster with another set of hands.
Leave The Rest To The Movers
A huge benefit that comes with hiring professional movers is how reliable they are in a pinch. In other words, you don’t have to take every box and container with you to your new place. The movers will take the majority of your belongings such as furniture and other bins.
As you can see, there’s no need to stress yourself out while packing in a hurry. Just follow these tips to give yourself a much-deserved peace of mind.