Moving into a new home can be exciting. But if you don’t pack things in the right order, moving can quickly become a stressful experience.
Individuals busily plan for their move and think that everything is under control until it suddenly isn’t anymore and they find themselves drowning in labels, bubble wrap, and cardboard boxes.
As one of Seattle’s leading moving companies, the team here at On The Go Moving has years of packing experience and knows what to pack first when you’re moving. Today, we’re sharing this knowledge with you! Expect to leave this blog post with a clear understanding of which rooms and items you should pack first, especially when moving to a new city.
First, Prepare Your Belongings For Packing
Often, the most difficult part about starting to pack for a move is the starting part.
It’s so difficult to know where to start and what to pack first. Before we get into what to pack first, let’s talk about how to begin.
1. Sort & Take Inventory Of Your Belongings
This step is so important to your success with your move.
Before you even think about beginning to pack, you should first take inventory of your belongings and sort everything. Before beginning to pack you should know everything that’s in your possession.
Get a notebook, pencil, and a cup of coffee ready and begin your inventory walk through your house.
2. Declutter The Items That You Won’t Be Bringing
We cannot stress this enough — before you begin packing, get rid of items that you don’t need. Why go through the trouble of packing countless items that you won’t need or use at your future home?
Rather than spending all that time cleaning, packing, and unpacking these items, find them a better home where they will be used to their potential.
Declutter responsibly and sort your items into categories like, give away, sell, and donate.
3. Clean & Dust Items Before Packing
The next step is to clean and dust items before packing them.
You don’t want to be unpacking dirty, dusty items on the other side of your move so a quick way to prevent this is to give each item a quick wipe before packing it.
4. Find A Reliable Moving Service
Working with a moving service might not be the first thing on your mind when it comes to moving homes, but trust us, you’ll be glad that you decided to work with a moving service when the big day rolls around.
Write down categories, dates, and rooms that all need to be packed up and add them to your calendar. Moving checklists are so helpful when it comes to what you should do first when moving.
After you’ve created a realistic moving checklist, it’s time to jump into packing.
Here’s an order to what you should pack first.
1. Start The Packing In The Least Used Room
You don’t want to start packing in the kitchen or with your child’s favorite toys.
Instead, start in the least used room and work your way to the more frequently used spaces after that.
Your least used room could be the garage, basement, closets, or your attic. Determine which room in your house you use the least and start the packing process in there.
2. Pack Items That Are In Storage
Pack items that are already packed away and in storage.
These items are easy to pack because they haven’t yet been unpacked yet. If you have a storage unit or a storage room in your house, organize and pack these items first.
3. Pack The Most Difficult Room
Don’t save this room for last, you’ll be all tired out by the time you get to this room and that might result in disorganized packing.
Rather than saving the hardest for last, pack up the most difficult room towards the beginning of your packing process.
4. Pack Out Of Season Items Next
Do you have boxes filled with Christmas decor or your artificial tree that you store year-round? These items are only used seasonally and if it’s not the season for them, should be packed first.
5. Pack Decor & Books
Items that are in your home purely for aesthetic purposes are good items to pack first when moving. This might include artwork, decor, books, magazines, and the like. These items are easy to pack first because chances are you won’t need them during the move or the weeks preceding it.
6. Pack Shoes & Jewelry
Leave out the pieces and pairs that you most often wear and pack the rest. There’s no need to wait until the last minute to pack shoes or jewelry that you use only occasionally.
Work With A Reliable Moving Service Near You
Here at On The Go Moving, we want to help Seattle homeowners have the easiest move possible.
We are proud to serve Seattle and the surrounding areas and make it our goal to help all of our clients find the right moving service for their needs.
If you would like to hear more about the different moving plans that we offer or want to schedule a date to have our team of moving experts come help you with your move, give On The Go Moving a call today.