Where do you start when your moving

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I m going to be moving and I would like to know what is the best way to start to packing up my house

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  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 23, 2017
    Start with the things you know you will not be using before you move, like seasonal clothes, seasonal sports equipment, outdoor furniture and accessories, tools and other things in garage or indoor workroom, storage rooms, etc. Make sure you label the boxes or totes as to contents and room they will go into. You can probably box up books and other things from your book shelves and just leave out a couple of books. Leave only the things you use all the time to pack up at the last minute. If you have someone helping you, make sure that they don't put things for more than one room in a box unless you give the okay and make sure it is labeled as such. You probably can pack up a lot out of the bathrooms and leave only a few towels, etc. Don't seal boxes if you know you can add more to it with the things you left out. You can leave clothes in dressers and chest of drawers and just move the frame and put the drawers back in once in the truck, why waste space and boxes. Make sure to save newspapers to wrap glassware and dishes and fragile knick knacks, etc. I always move the more fragile things like electronics, china, etc. myself in my vehicle because I trust myself driving them in a car or SUV, more than I trust them in a moving truck for safety of the items. I have never broken anything, but moving trucks have.

  • Peter Peter on Dec 23, 2017
    Be ruthless and toss things! If it is worn and easily replaced, toss it here, buy it there!

  • Dfm Dfm on Dec 23, 2017
    leave The kitchen for last. Pack up out of season clothing...but only what fits...if it don’t fit donate to charity. Check out movers...do you need pros packing you things, or have you moved before...and will rent your own truck. If being moved by a moving company..get a list of what is allowed on the truck...they can’t take voilital liquids For instance. pack up you kitchen last..it should be the first off, but not always. Take a box and cooler with The foods in the car with you .A few days of pre planned meals about a weeks worth actually will help if the moving truck has to make a stop or to before delivering to your new place.

  • Bijous Bijous on Dec 23, 2017
    1. Start with cleaning out the garage. This is where you will put all your packed boxes. If you don't have a garage, move all your living furniture against the walls and use that as the staging room.
    2. Pack and wrap all pictures with blankets and quilts. Label.
    3. Pack up all extra bedding and towels. And plastic bag all those that are going to trash or charity. Label boxes.
    4. Pack all books, nick-nacks and dvds. Plastic bag all those that are going to trash or charity. Label boxes.
    5. Pack all extra clothing and get rid of things you are never going to wear again.
    6. Pack all extra dishes and pots and pans. Save out the most used and the exact number of dishes and utensils for each person. Pack those last. Label.
    7. All jewelry of any worth should travel with you.

    When you move into your new place
    1. have all the boxes placed in one room except for the box of daily dishes and utensils, and y pots and pans. Have those put in the kitchen.
    2. have the box of bedding for the beds put in each bedroom and have the beds set up.
    Everything else can wait until tomorrow. Moved all my life. Learned this is the best method. Oh, and congrats on your new place!

  • Carol Carol on Dec 23, 2017
    Start with things you do not use every day. Perhaps bookshelves. SMALL boxes for heavy items. LARGER boxes for light weight items like lampshades & pillows. If you have kids, start a STASH bin for all of the odd toy pieces you find after you boxed the toy. You can reunite them later. UNPRINTED NEWSPAPER you can buy at moving or storage places to wrap items. NEVER use the daily paper! You will never get the ink off of the item or your fingers or everywhere else like light switches. Make a LOAD LAST - UNLOAD FIRST list & later box it for important stuff - TP, paper towels, coffee maker, all extension cords. Plug them in before furniture is placed. We have 2 lamps on our dresser, both plugged into an extension cord for easy unplugging if needed to add timer etc. Also light bulbs & an easy lamp to move around for lighting while the real ones are unpacked. NUMBER every box on top & sides, make a basic list of contents to find cookie jar in box #12. Put a strip of duck tape on 2 opposite side corners of all boxes, color coded for destination room or area. Saves unpacking bed sheets to find frypans. Last/ First box #2 for a set of sheets for each bed. You will be tired! Best wishes!

    Be sure electricity & water turned on before you arrive. We missed that once, needed A/C in August. Took about an hour, so we were HOT!!

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Dec 23, 2017
    When you are nearly ready to go, be sure not to pack up all of your clothes. Pack an overnight bag with your PJ’s, toiletries, change of clothes, etc. so that you do not have to go searching through several suitcases for the things you need. This is, of course, if your new home is a couple of nights away.

  • Peg Peg on Dec 23, 2017
    As someone who moved once a year for many years this question is one I can elaborate on. I learned to pack everything room by room and left only things to pack last that had to wait till we loaded the truck. You will also learn how much junk accumulates that you can donate to a goodwill by going room by room.

  • Cristine Schwartzberg Cristine Schwartzberg on Dec 23, 2017
    In the overnight bag, add a shower curtain, small bath rug and a couple of towels for that first night.