What should I pack first before moving?
The key to properly packing for a move is to start early, create a plan, and stay organized. Start off by packing the items you won’t need leading up to the days of your move. In most cases, the first things you should pack include home decor, holiday items, fine china, and seldom used small appliances.
Make your packing process easier and more efficient by following this list of items to pack first.
Art and Decor
Packing your family photos, paintings, and other home decor first helps you save time. Because they’re non-essentials, you’ll be able to live without them for a few days or weeks while you focus on the rest of your packing process.
Unless you’re moving during the holiday season, chances are these items are already stored in boxes in your attic or basement. Keep them aside, let them remain in their respective containers, and move on to the next task.
There’s no harm in leaving out a few favorites, but try to pack away most of your literature during the beginning of your packing process. If you’re moving with children, try to set aside a few of their favorites as well.
Family heirlooms and other special items of your past hold a lot of meaning to you. But since you probably won’t need immediate access to them after your move, save yourself some time and energy by packing them up early.
Moving during the winter and you don’t see yourself using your swimwear anytime soon? If so, pack up all of your summertime clothing first. This will clear up your closet, giving you a less cluttered workspace.
Fine China and Kitchenware
Keep your casual dinnerware accessible for your last few meals in your current residence, but start packing up special silverware and plates unless you have an important dinner coming up.
Got some small appliances you don’t use very often? We all love our snow cone makers and popcorn machines, but these are non-essentials. Pack them away early so you can focus on the rest of the moving process.
CD, DVD, and Video Game Collection
Set aside your favorites, but the majority of your collection should be packed away in a box and ready to move into the truck.
You may have an excess of bedsheets, towels, tablecloths, dish towels, and blankets. If so, pack these away early since you won’t need anything more than the essential linens for your first night at your new home.
Surplus Office Supplies
Go through your desk drawers and cabinets so you can pack away any office supplies you find. You most likely won’t need pens, papers, staplers, and highlighters anytime soon if you’re in the middle of a move.
Do you have a pantry full of bulk noodles and canned goods? Perhaps your bathroom cabinets are filled with lotions, candles, and bubble baths you bought in bulk. If so, pack these items first so you can work at a more relaxed pace. This will also give you more room during the rest of your packing process.
What should I pack last before moving?
Save your essential and urgent belongings for last when packing for a move. Remember that you’ll still be using clothes, food, and electronics up until the night before the move. Packing these items last allows you to access them until it’s time to transport everything to your new home.
Trying to figure out what to pack last? Follow this list so you won’t forget any of your essentials.
Your kids are going to want their comfort items and favorite toys right up until it’s time to move. Make sure they have their favorite possessions available until it’s time to pack the last few boxes in your home.
You can always hire professional cleaners to handle your move-out and move-in cleanings, but you’ll still need to make sure you pack a few basic sanitation items. Include trash bags, paper towels, and sanitizer in your packing.
You’ll most likely have to present your documentation multiple times during your moving process. Make sure you have your personal ID, lease agreement, and moving contract on hand at all times.
Your essential electronics–cell phones, laptops, smartwatches–should be on your person at all times. But don’t forget to pack your chargers!
Takeout can be your best friend during a busy time, but you’ll still need to make sure you have some snacks, drinks, and disposable cutlery on hand as well.
Make sure you pack your bedding, towels, and shower materials last when moving. This way, you’ll be able to access them easily once you’re preparing for your first night in your new home.
In addition to any routine prescription medications you may be taking, don’t forget to include some over-the-counter pain relief medicine as well as a first aid kit.
We all love our furry companions, but unfortunately, they don’t always understand what’s going on when it’s time to move. Prepare them for this major transition by making sure you pack all of their usual comforts.
Keep up with your daily hygiene routine during a hectic move by packing your toiletries such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste all in one place.
A toolbox is an essential part of your move that you’ll need to keep on hand throughout your moving day. Make sure you keep out tools such as:
- Nails and screws
- Box cutter
- Duct tape
And last but not least, don’t forget to label and organize your boxes! Doing this will save you tons of time and frustration once it’s time to unpack everything into your new home.
How should I unpack after moving?
First, unpack your essential items, like your toiletries, linens, cleaning supplies, and tools. Next, start unpacking the items such as kitchenware, clothing, and entertain items; things you’ll need fairly soon, but not immediately. Lastly, unpack your rarely-used and least important belongings, such as books, fine dining accessories, storage items, and office supplies.
Efficient unpacking is typically divided into three phases.
Phase I – The Essentials
Make sure everyone in your family as at least one change of clothes, medicine, and a source of entertainment. If you have children, try to include books, board games, and their favorite toys while packing your necessities.
Unpack your bath tissue, toothbrush, soap, and all other personal hygiene products first so you’ll be ready for your bedtime routine.
Cooking isn’t always convenient during a big move, but it never hurts to have some of your favorite foods and snacks on hand. Try to pack non-perishables as well as disposable plates and silverware so you and your family can have something to eat after a long day of moving.
Packing your bedding means that you’ll be able to prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep after your move is over. Make sure you have your pillowcases, blankets, comforters, and washcloths easily available so you and your family can relax at the end of the day.
Laptops, tablets, chargers, and portable DVD players are great sources of entertainment after you’re finished with a hectic move. Unpack these during the initial phase so you and your family can have some fun after the move is over.
Your pets need to be settled in, too! Make sure you unpack their food and water bowls, leashes, and any medication they may need.
While you may not have any handyman duties quite yet, your new home is still going to require some basic tools if you want to hang art and make small repairs. Keep your toolbox handy so you can be ready to go if you need a screwdriver, hammer, or anything else.
Dish detergent, scrubs, sponges, and laundry detergent are only a few of the cleaning supplies you’ll need access to. Try to keep these products in a caddy so they remain organized and easy to transport.
Phase II – The Non-Essentials
Pots, pans, silverware, and plates should all be unpacked here. This gives you a great opportunity to wash your kitchenware and organize your new cabinets.
Settle into your home by decorating your new residence with your favorite throw pillows, art, and candles.
Phase I included an extra change of clothes, but this is your chance to unpack your entire wardrobe. Try to put away your clothes quickly so you won’t have to live out of your suitcase and boxes for too long.
Bought a 12-pack of your favorite items and now you’re trying to decide where to put them? Now’s the time to start unpacking your bulk items and figuring out where they belong in your brand new home.
Phase III – Rarely Used Items
Off-season wardrobes, holiday items, and keepsakes will most likely go in your attic or basement at some point. Unpack these last to avoid cluttering your home with open boxes.
Leaving your books in boxes in a corner of your garage for a long period of time can cause them to yellow, but don’t rush to put them away. Handle this after your more essential items are unpacked and organized.
Seasonal tablecloths and beach towels are important, but you probably won’t be using these anytime soon if you’ve recently completed a move. Unpack extra linens last so you can have space for the more important things first.
Unless you work from home, you most likely won’t need to unpack your post-it notes, highlighters, and whiteboards immediately. Save these things for last.
Fine Dining Accessories
Save your fine china and seasonal napkins until the end of your unpacking process.
Your televisions and laptops are essential to daily life, but gadgets such as ice cream makers and deep fryers can wait a little bit. Leave these in boxes until after everything else is unpacked.
Should I Hire Professional Packers and Movers?
As you can see, there are a lot of aspects involved in successfully packing and moving. And in most cases, it’s simply too much for one person to handle. Ameritex Movers can help you get through the entire packing and moving process with ease and stability. Call us today at 713-484-6683 to start your Houston Area move.