Looking forward to a new home, perhaps moving to a new city, can be a positive thing for you and your family. Sometimes, though, you are faced with an unexpected situation and the move has to happen more quickly than you’d realized. You may not have even been planning to move until something came up that made it necessary. Understanding how to move on short notice will make this life event more manageable for you.

Don’t Stress Over the Reasons

There may be many reasons for having to move quickly. Military families are used to short notice when it comes to a change in orders. You may have secured a new job with a company in a different city that starts in two weeks. You may not be able to renew your lease for various reasons. A family member may need you to move closer to take care of them now.

The first step when you have to move on short notice is to breathe. You are understandably stressed, but this is not the time to worry about why you are having to move. You can deal with all of that later. Take a deep breath and make a plan so you will have a successful move while staying safe and healthy.

Set a Schedule

When moving on a short timeframe, setting a timeline for your moving tasks is especially important. Create a binder where you can keep important information as well as a calendar. Create a “to do” page that is organized by the deadlines you’ve set for your move. Set your schedule before you do anything else, so you’ll know what needs to be prioritized. Check off tasks as you accomplish them. This will also help you feel better about the progress you’re making!

Make Reservations

Whether you need to secure a mover or stay in a hotel, you’ll need to make those reservations as soon as you know you are moving. Professional movers like Fox Moving and Storage Knoxville are available on very short notice, but it is still a good idea to call and secure their services as soon as possible. This will also give you greater peace of mind.

When you move on short notice, you may need temporary accommodations on the other end. You may not have time to find a new home or the house may not be ready when you need it. If you are moving across the country, you will probably also need a hotel room along the way. Make these reservations now so you’ll know where you’ll be staying after you pack up your current home.


Even when you have to move on short notice, there is still time to declutter and get organized. Focus on the things you’ll need in your new home and decide what you can do with those things you won’t need or no longer want. Clothes that you don’t wear, toys the kids don’t play with, and even furniture that doesn’t get used can be sold or donated within a reasonably short time and you’ll have less to worry about packing and moving.

Take One Room at a Time

Trying to do everything in your entire home all at once can be overwhelming. Sort and pack one room at a time, starting with the rooms you use less often. You can start packing as soon as you know you will be moving.  Pack at least a few boxes per day to get started. You can also clean as you go, especially in the lesser used rooms, which will save you cleaning time later.

Get Help

Friends and family are great for pitching in with the packing and cleaning. They can also help you get packing supplies and boxes so you can focus on decluttering and organizing. Professional supplies are especially helpful when you have to move on short notice. There’s no need to run around town and find boxes that may not be suitable (or clean). Fox Moving and Storage Knoxville has high quality boxes that are sturdy and just the right size for your needs.

Get Help from Professionals for a Stress-Free Move on Short Notice

When you secure the services of a locally owned, professional mover, you will have much less to worry about! At Fox Moving & Storage Knoxville, we’ll help you plan your move and we’ll make sure all of your items are packed and moved carefully and safely. We’ll even give you a free quote for your move to further reduce your stress. Contact Fox Moving & Storage Knoxville today to get started.