A Packing Timeline to Avoid Last-Second Chaos

By Caleb McElveen

With all of the turmoil that is associated with moving, it is understandable why most make packing the last task on their list. Your stress level will already be through the roof as moving day quickly approaches—and procrastinating on packing will only accentuate the chaos.

You can avoid stuffing boxes at the last minute by following a packing timeline. Let’s take a look at how you can be ready before the truck arrives.

Step 1: Plan Ahead, Way Ahead

Now that the moving date has been established, get started on your plan. Eight weeks prior to your moving date, a carefully thought out plan should be created. In that plan, you should have all of your packing goals determined. Goals should include:

–        Gathering packing supplies

–        Listing what should be packed first

–        Essentials that will be packed last

–        What can be gotten rid of

–        Order rooms will be packed

–        What is going in the suitcase

A plan will help you stay focused and organized throughout the packing process. It is well established that organization is a key factor for a successful move.

Step 2: Gather Supplies

Waiting till the last second to pack will have you stuffing flimsy boxes, damaging furniture and cracking the beautiful big screen TV. Efficient planning of your moving supplies can help keep your belongings safe along with saving you money.

  • Moving Boxes: Moving boxes can be acquired through many department stores.
  • Labeling Supplies: Properly labeling boxes is crucial for easy unpacking.
  • Packing Tape: Packing tape will help keep your boxes from breaking.
  • Bubble or Foam Wrap: Wrapping your stuff will play a major role in keeping valuables safe from harm.

Step 3: Start with Non-Essentials

It is time to start packing. Now that you have established the essentials, everything else can be packed. There is a method to the madness of packing. Starting in the right room and working through your home will get your boxes packed early while helping you stay organized. But where should you start?

Bedrooms: All clothes that will not be needed working up to the move can be packed. Start with clothing that is not in season. All non-essential items can be packed carefully for their new home.

Living Areas: The TV can be left out of course, but all photo albums, books, picture frames and other decor can be put in their appropriate boxes.

Kitchen: All of the kitchen dish ware and utensils can be carefully boxed up. Using paper plates and plastic silverware can be very useful at this stage in the moving process.

You can set goals before you begin packing each room, helping you stay on track without losing focus.

Step 4: Time to Let Go

This is the perfect time to get rid of all the junk and old items you have acquired over the years. Not that you are a hoarder (unless you are), but it is time to get rid of some things. Creating a pile of items that can be gotten rid of while packing will help you stay organized while lightening the load when you move.

It can be a great way to make extra money as well. Have a yard sale to help relieve some of the expenses when moving. Make some extra gas money or dining cash for that cross country move. If you are feeling generous, there are many places to donate for those in need.

Step 5: Pack the Suitcase, Just Not for Vacation

By this time, everything is packed except the essentials. Clothing and toiletries should be the only items remaining.

At this point, you can pack the rest of your belongings as if you are going on vacation. Living out of a suitcase is not ideal, but when moving, it can have you effectively prepared rather than experiencing chaos. Your needed clothing and toiletries can be set in your suitcase daily. Leaving zipping up the only packing task needed on moving day.


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