For just about everyone, moving is inevitable – you’re going to do it, at the very least, once in your life. What happens when moving day comes quicker than you expect, though? Maybe you sold your house before you thought you would, you took a job and they need you to start immediately, or you simply procrastinated and now you need to get moving. Here are a few tips for packing and moving out in a hurry.
1. Designate one room for packing.
If you have a room that you’re using just for packing, the rest of your house won’t be cluttered with boxes, packing materials and random items. You have to still get through your daily life as you prepare to move, and it’ll be a lot more difficult if you’re tripping over your belongings every time you try to head to the front door. Setup your packing room with a bunch of boxes in different sizes, plenty of packing tape, markers, and bubble wrap.
2. Pack strategically, even though you’re rushing.
You can pack strategically just as quickly as you can pack haphazardly, and being strategic means you’ll leave more space in the boxes for additional items. You’ll also make unpacking a lot easier. Set aside a box of things you’ll need right before, during and right after the move, too. This will save you the trouble of having to comb through already-packed boxes to find your travel coffee mug or the sweatshirt you want to wear on the plane.
3. Throw out, sell or donate whatever you can.
If you want to get out of your house quickly, you have to limit the number of belongings and pieces of furniture you’re taking along with you. As you move through your house, start throwing out items that are broken, and set aside anything that’s in good condition but that you don’t want to keep. Ask a pal or family member to take a car load of items to a local shelter to donate them, or have someone outside manning an impromptu garage sale as you continue packing everything you’re keeping. If you can move your items to the curb for garbage pickup or to a moving truck, you can easily set them up on a couple of tables in your driveway and slap price stickers on them. You may even make a bit of money before your move!
4. Ask for help.
Moving is a big project, even if you currently live in a small apartment. You’re going to have more belongings than you realize, and it’s going to take longer than you plan for. It’s always a good idea to have extra hands around to help you out. Call your friends or family members, or hire movers in San Antonio to provide support. A professional moving company will know how to strategically pack a truck so you can fit in as much as possible, and they may even pack up your belongings in boxes, saving you a lot of time and effort.
5. Be creative when it comes to storage.
If you don’t have enough boxes for your items, it’s time to get creative. Dressers and storage bins can be used as impromptu packing boxes, even if you’ve emptied them of their heavier items. Stash linens and light items in dressers and chests – you’ll get more space of packing without making the furniture too heavy to carry. Trash bags are great for non-breakable items, too, like winter coats and stuffed animals.
Moving is always difficult and time-consuming, no matter how many times you’ve done it before. Being organized is key, no matter how much or how little time you give yourself to pack and get out of your house.
Source: Evenson, Carol. "5 Ways to Speed Up the Moving Process." Realty Times. 28 May 2018. https://realtytimes.com/advicefromagents/item/1017588-5-ways-to-speed-up-the-moving-process?rtmpage=null