Moving from one home to another can be a big ordeal. When you add on top of this the stress of getting a home loan, finding the home you’re going to move into, selling your current place, and dealing with all of other stresses of this upheaval, the last thing you want to be spending your time and energy on is figuring out the best way to go about packing up your home and belongings.
So to help make this process easier on you, here are three tips for packing up your home before a move.
The very first thing you should do before even bringing a moving box into your home is to declutter.
According to Angela Colley, a contributor to Moving.com, by decluttering before you even start packing, you’ll ensure that you’re not having to find a box for items that you don’t want or haven’t used in a while. Additionally, you won’t have to lug these items around anymore or pay to move or store them.
Ideally, if something is broken or hasn’t been used in the last year, it’s a safe bet to get rid of. Also, if there’s something large or cumbersome to move that would actually be relatively easy for you to replace, you might want to consider selling or getting rid of the one you have and then replacing it once you move into your new home.
Pack Essentials On Their Own
For many people, it can help to be a little strategic when you’re packing up your home. While you might think that going room by room would be the best bet, there are certain essentials that you should be careful about packing.
Dr. Jami Barnett, a contributor to Consumer Affairs, recommends that you pack any essential items that you use on a regular basis away from items that you don’t use as often. By doing this, you’ll be able to get started on your packing process earlier by packing up your more long-term items rather than having to wait to pack until just before your move.
Know What To Pack Last
To have the most successful packing experience, it’s vital that you know which items to leave for the very end. Otherwise, you could wind up missing items that you needed to use because you’ve already packed them away.
According to Diane Schmidt, a contributor to The Spruce, the very last things you should be packing include things like your overnight items, a few toys for your kids, bathroom and kitchen essentials, cleaning supplies, and odds-and-ends like scissors, tape, bandages, and a flashlight.
If you’re going to be moving to a new home soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you pack up your belongings.