You are about to embark on a new adventure. Moving to a new house is both exhilarating and terrifying. But, before you can experience the thrill of living in a new place, you must pack. You’ve likely lived in the same home for years and can’t believe how much stuff has accumulated in that time. It may seem like a daunting chore to go through and box everything, but if you go step-by-step, it’s easier than it seems. Properly packing and labeling your things ensures a smoother transition to your new house, keeping both your home and mind organized and clutter-free.
1. Let it Go
Before packing, go through your house one room at a time and get rid of anything you no longer want or need. Give stuff away. Put in on the curb with a “free” sign. Sell it on Craigslist. Fill a dumpster. The lighter your load, the easier and cheaper your move.
2. Gather Your Moving Supplies
Before you start chipping away at the mountain of things to pack, gather up your supplies. Get your boxes, labels, markers, and tape ready to go. Markers need to be waterproof and permanent in case boxes encounter moisture or you have a rainy moving day.
3. Think Through Your Labeling System
When it comes to labels, you have several options. Print out labels on your home printer, purchase them, or make your own. We recommended using color-coded labels; each color should correspond to a different room of the house. For example, if you choose red for the kids’ bedroom, every box that goes to this bedroom should have a red label. Besides labeling the boxes for the specific room, you can also list the type of items that are in each box. For example, adding “bedding” to the label makes it clear where to find the linens when it is time to unpack.
4. Number and Inventory Your Boxes
As you label, you may want to number your boxes to make sure all of them get delivered to your new home. Create a separate home inventory that lists each box number and the contents inside. You can also add furniture, like your coffee table, sofa, and bed to the list. This checklist is helpful to reference if you think some things go missing during the move. It’s also beneficial for future insurance purposes.
5. Take it One Room at a Time and Give Yourself Time
Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed. Work on one room at a time. Start with packing all the non-essentials first, leaving the things you need until the very end. Commit yourself to tackling a room a day. Some rooms may take more than a day to complete. Budget your time so that you’re ready before moving day. Don’t procrastinate. Make it a team effort. Let the kids pack their rooms. Let your spouse pack up the garage. Cut the task down to size so that you can handle it.
6. Separately Pack and Label Important Documents & Essentials
Put all your important documents in a special tote or box that will stay with you during the move. You can also give everyone a colorful tote of their own to pack the essentials you’ll need on the first day in the new house. You can also set aside a few extra boxes with labels and markers so that you can take care of any odds and ends at the last minute.