In most cases, people need at least eight weeks to plan and pack for a move. However, not everyone has that much time available to move, and last-minute moves are common. If you’re moving soon, the team at Affordable Quality Moving & Storage has gathered some effective steps that can help you ensure a speedy sorting and packing of your move with little chaos. We also offer complete packing and unpacking services to handle this time-consuming process for you!
Here are our top packing tips for moving in a hurry:
Get Rid of Stuff
One of the best ways to speed up your moving process is by getting rid of all the stuff you don’t need or want. The more things you get rid of, the less you have to pack and move—this ultimately means less time and energy spent. The key to getting rid of unwanted items is to go through each room and separate them into three piles: keep, donate, and toss. Get your whole family involved in the process to get this done faster. Once all your unwanted items are out of your home, your moving process should go much smoother.
Buy Your Packing Supplies
Although many people like to hunt for suitable boxes that can be recycled or reused, it may not be the best option for a fast move. You might not have enough time to find reusable boxes or good deals, that is why you should consider purchasing your boxes and packing supplies directly from a moving or hardware store. You will need to buy boxes, bubble wrap, packaging tape, and furniture pads. Don’t forget to make sure you have the necessary tools to disassemble any furniture.
After you’ve gotten rid of all unwanted items and you have the packing supplies you need, you are ready to pack. Although some people think that packing everything they own now and sorting later will save time, that isn’t necessarily true. We recommend that you pack unessential items from your storage rooms or garage first; then you can move from room to room to begin packing. Although you are moving in a hurry, it is helpful to label your boxes so that you make sure you don’t lose anything in the process of your quick move.
There are a few things you can do while you’re packing to make the process go faster:
- Leave your clothes in your dresser drawers and secure them with plastic wrap.
- Keep your clothes on hangers and put them in wardrobe boxes or wrap them in garbage bags.
- Use towels, linens, and other soft items to wrap breakable objects.
- Take a picture of what’s in a box before you seal it shut.
- Take pictures of your computer cables, television cables, and other cords before you unplug them. Then, you can remember how to set them back up.
- Just keep packing. Try to stay productive, and turn to friends or family members for help.
For more information on how to pack, what to pack, and what not to pack, check out our blog: Packing Tips for Moving.
Hire Professionals to Pack for You
This approach won’t work for every budget, but if you can make it work financially and you are in a rush, one of the easiest and fastest ways to pack is to hire professionals to do it for you. You can still declutter, but you can then turn over the entire packing process to people who have the experience and supplies to get it done right. Instead of obsessing over how to pack dishes or wondering what you’ll do to pack awkwardly shaped appliances, decorative items, or furniture, you can watch the pros go to work. You can also rest easy knowing your belongings will be safe and secure as they’re transported to your new home.
Moving in a hurry is an extremely stressful process. Get all the other things ready for your move while we handle the packing process! At Affordable Quality Moving & Storage, we offer a variety of services including packing, unpacking, and transportation. Contact us today for a free in-home estimate at (661) 622-2636!