Ideally, when preparing for a relocation, you have months to plan and pack for it. But, factors like a new job, quick property sale, or other random life circumstances can cause you to move in a hurry — without much warning.
If you find yourself on a tight schedule and need to pack for a household move quickly, you might need some time-saving packing and moving hacks to help.
1. Make a list and timeline.
A task list and timeline are essential when planning a move on short notice. With a brief timeframe, it’s necessary to stay on track. Include as much as you can, then prioritize the list. Check items off as you complete them. Tasks to include:
- Get moving supplies
- Set up utilities
- Pack your home
- Complete change of address forms
- Organize important documents, etc.
2. Schedule your professional movers quickly.
Contact professional movers to schedule assistance as soon as you know you have to move. Some movers stay busy, but you might be able to secure their help. The sooner you can book a spot, the better.
3. Forego the sorting and pack things where they are.
When you have time before a relocation, you would carefully sort everything before packing. This would include moving displaced items back to their designated rooms before packing. It might also involve eliminating items you no longer need or use. But since time is of the essence, you need to pack things as they are.
It would be best if you labeled your boxes, so you know which rooms the boxes should go to in your new home. Then, you can leave the sorting and discarding for when you arrive in your new home.
4. Pack your clothes as they are.
Clothing is not necessarily challenging to pack. However, the process can take longer if you decide to box it up individually. Here are some efficient ways to handle your clothing.
- Leave hanging clothes on their hangers and put them in a specialty wardrobe box, large box, or large garbage bag.
- Keep your clothing in your dresser drawers.
- Leave your stored clothes in storage containers and move them as they are.
5. Lock-in help from family and friends.
A short-notice relocation means you’ll need all the help you can get. Schedule family and friends to help out. Assign each family member specific tasks. For example, if your kids are old enough, challenge them to pack their own rooms.
Even a few family and friends for a few hours can make a big difference in the packing process.
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