Where Do I Start Packing?

Start packing your household for a move is an enormous project, so it’s crucial to have a plan. The place to start packing is by creating a schedule for what gets packed when and then use a calendar to track tasks. It is best to mark down your move date first, then work back four weeks. If possible and needed add another week.

Below is a  good example how to break packing into dates, areas and tasks:

Week One: Find and separate the things you don’t need.  Decide if they’re things to give to friends, family, donate, sell or dispose of. The more you remove, the less you’ll have to pack! Some of the Items you might consider getting rid of  – Outgrown clothes and toys, anything that’s broken and can’t be fixed. Another good candidate: Anything that’s still in a box, unopened, from the last time you moved.


Once you’ve identified what you’ll start packing, set them aside. Acquire the boxes you’ll need.


Week Two: Begin your packing with items you don’t use daily. Good examples include books, formal dinner sets,  china, and off season clothing. In addition, it is best to identify areas where you can begin packing, like garage shelves or the china cabinet.


Week Three: Move on to packing decorations photos and artworks and any other non – clothing items  Secure a time for acquiring more boxes, if necessary, reserve one day for a catch-up day.


Week Four: Attack the kitchen, bathrooms and  bedrooms. The kitchen is often the most difficult and time consuming to pack, so give yourself enough time to pack all the cabinets and drawers. It is best to have the kitchen completely packed two days before moving day.


Moving Day Minus 1: This is the day for packing TVs and other electronics, your first day box, and defrosting and cleaning the refrigerator, if you’re moving them.


Moving Day: You’ll want to put mattresses in protective bags (if being moved), deal with bedding, and pack toiletries and other items that you were using the day before.


Making it Work for You!


Depending on your needs and capacity you might consider adding other or few weeks. Assigning deadlines and tasks to each area and your family might greatly reduce the time.  As you finish packing an area, mark it off. Following this, you can see how much you’ve accomplished, as well as how much work you have left.


If packing still seems immense, contact Allied about full-packing services.