Packing is a very important step in the moving process, but many people don’t know where or how to start. Starting well is essential to efficient, effective and successful packing, and starting well means knowing which room and what items to pack first. Below is a brief guide:
Start with the Right Items
Choosing the right room or area to begin the packing process is simple compared to choosing the right things to pack first. Although it may be tempting, you can’t just go into a room and pack random items. You will need a plan that includes a list of items and a checklist of things to do. Begin with the non-essential items that you won’t need on a daily basis. These include:
- Non-everyday jewelry
- Extra personal hygiene products
- Out of season clothing and shoes
- Artwork, photos, photo albums and picture frames and decorations, accents, vases and trinkets
- Non-essential and rarely used dishes, kitchenware, small appliances and electronics
- Seasonal items and holiday decorations
- Collectibles, such as action figures, model sets, souvenirs, etc.
Start in the Right Room
Packing the right room first is essential to organizing and simplifying the entire process. However, choosing the ‘right’ room isn’t always so simple. Fortunately, there are two simple options that could help: 1) Pack the most difficult room first or 2) Pack the least frequently used room first. Rooms with a lot of or complicated items to sort through can be physically and mentally demanding to pack. And the longer you wait to pack these rooms, the less motivated you become. Therefore, you should pack the hardest room with the most tedious items first. Ideally, this room would also fit into the ‘least frequently used room’ category. For example, garages, basements or attics often hold numerous tools, equipment, trinkets and other items that can be time-consuming and labour intensive to pack. Plus, you won’t need these rooms, or the items found there in daily life. The kitchen, bathrooms, living room, bedrooms (especially spare bedrooms) are all suitable secondary rooms to start packing.
Start in the Right Area
Once again, the garage, basement and attic are all great places to start packing, mostly because they can be difficult areas to pack, but also because they’re storage areas. Other storage areas, like closets, are also prime areas to start the packing process. Things in these areas are rarely used so they can be sorted and packed first. You can also take this time to get rid of some unwanted items by donating or throwing them away. Storage areas generally contain the greatest number of items in your home, so they take the most time to sort and pack. Leaving them to the last minute could be stressful and leave you without enough time to dedicate to those areas. However, if you’re moving in Edmonton, a professional team like Pro Service Moving will pack all your belongings and move them on moving day. Call us for a quote!