What to Pack First When Moving

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If you are getting ready to move, chances are, you are planning on what needs to be packed and toted to your new living space. Packing everything is usually the most time-consuming task, but if you plan what to pack first, you can avoid procrastinating and stay organized. Start early – like a few weeks prior – to give yourself plenty of time.

Start a Checklist

Before you start packing, it’s a great idea to start a moving checklist. This ensures that you won’t let anything slip through the cracks during the hectic days of moving. Start by listing a timeline of what tasks need to be done first versus later.

This includes everything that needs to be done before you move into your new place. Make sure you get internet, cable, and phone (if you still have a landline) all transferred to the new address. Have kids or a pet? Make sure to contact schools or a vet so you aren’t scrambling at the last second.

Take Inventory

Once everything is ready at the new place, it’s time to start working on your current home. When was the last time you’ve gone through your closets and drawers to declutter? Before packing, take inventory on what things you want to take with you and what things you want to get rid of.

This also means getting packing supplies. You may already have some packing materials, such as a few boxes, packing tape, or even packing peanuts you’ve been saving for such an occasion. Chances are, you’ll probably need a lot more.

The more you pack, the longer it will take. So, getting rid of things that you don’t need will help expedite the packing and moving process. And you might be able to make a few bucks with a garage or yard sale. The point is if you haven’t used/worn/operated something in a year, let it go!

What to Pack First

The first thing you should pack is the items you have in storage. They’re already packed up and put away, which means you likely don’t need them right away. Whether they’re packed in the garage, up in the attic, or in a storage unit, your stored items are usually the first things to get ready for the move.

After all, they’re probably already in boxes! Next, pack things that are out of season, like clothes for an off-season or holiday items that won’t be used for a while. In short, the non-essentials should be packed first.

Now it’s time to pack other items that you don’t plan on reaching for right away such as fragile items like fine china or other special dishes and plates. Next, take off any art or wall hangings around your home or any other décor that can be easily removed and packed.

Wrap up knick-knacks, like office supplies, vases, lamps, and other oddly shaped items in packing paper or bubble wrap to ensure they won’t be damaged during the move. Once the non-essentials are boxed up, pack the things that you plan on using right away and label them accordingly, so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

Don’t forget about your garage or garden shed! If there’s no need for a lawnmower, shovel, or rakes where you’re moving, try to sell these items or donate to places like Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill.

When it’s finally time to move, pack large items and furniture first, then start filling open spaces with boxes. It isn’t as easy as it seems, especially when it comes to bicycles, grills, and other items that need care when loading.

Get Help — Hire Professional Movers

Why not make things easy on yourself? If you have a move coming up, the first thing you should do is call Smooth Move People. We have the experienced manpower to pack your stuff, load it in the moving truck, and unload at the final destination quickly and safely.

We also have all the packing supplies you’ll need to get ready for your big move. We’re more than happy to help you figure out just how much bubble wrap you’ll need and even have wardrobe boxes so you don’t have to shove all of your clothes into trash bags to keep them clean.

Your upcoming move is a big job and we can help! Contact our experienced team of movers at Smooth Move People for help on your move. Our prices can’t be beaten – because the state of Oregon won’t let us go any lower!

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