You’ve found your dream home or apartment, and you’re ready to start gathering your belongings to prepare for your move. However, as you look around, you’re immediately overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have to pack before the movers arrive. So where do you start? Let’s take a look at the best way to prioritize your packing, so you know what you should do first in this process.
Before You Pack, Organize
Organizing your belongings is often the most important first step of the moving process. It’s natural to feel a bit of stress as you try to determine what to do when. Before you start buying boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape, you should take stock of everything you own that you want to bring with you. Make a list of what needs to be packed in each space and begin organizing common items into one area. To help make unpacking easier, consider packing rooms together. For example, keep anything you want in your bedroom separate from living room decor. Clearly labeling these boxes will help movers know where to put each container upon arrival to your new home.
Clear the Clutter
You will inevitably find things in your home as you are organizing that you don’t want to bring with you when you move. Start a donation pile or bin for items you no longer need and throw away anything that’s broken or missing pieces. You also want to make sure anything you pack is clean prior to boxing it up. For kitchen appliances and dishes, this means washing or wiping off any crumbs or residue. This applies to small decor pieces that have been sitting on your shelves as well. These are often overlooked in your regular cleaning, so you might be surprised at how much dust has accumulated over the years. Clearing out your space and cleaning your belongings gives you a fresh start when you arrive in your new home. That way, you can focus on getting settled as opposed to cleaning.
Get Your Packing Supplies
Before you begin packing, you’ll need to make sure that you have all the supplies you need for this process. That includes:
- Storage bins or bags
- Packing tape and scissors
- Bubble wrap or other cushioning materials
- Labels for boxes/bins
You may have some of these things around your home, but there will inevitably be materials you need to purchase. Finding a moving company helps simplify this process because they often offer moving supplies. Fox Moving offers free moving boxes for our Chattanooga local moving clients. You can also purchase moving supplies from us and have them delivered straight to your door.
Pack Your Least-Used Items First
You’ve spent time organizing and clearing out anything you won’t be taking with you, so you now have a handle on everything in your home. When you start packing, consider the items you aren’t frequently using to pack first. This includes seasonal decor or clothing, anything in storage, artwork, books, and small decorative items. Because this can still feel overwhelming, challenge yourself to pack one large and one small box each evening. Remember to keep similar items together and organize them by room. As you fill each box, clearly label the top with what is inside and which room it will go in. This will help both you and your movers know how to organize items in your new space.
Full-Service Moving with Fox
We know how stressful the moving process can be. At Fox Moving and Storage, we do everything we can to simplify your move. We offer moving services to meet all your needs, from full-service moves to transportation services only. In a full-service move, we will come to your home and pack, load, transport, and unload your belongings for you. Our wide variety of service options are designed to fit your needs and budget. If you’re in the moving process and need help at any stage, contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.