Packing is the most time-consuming part of the moving process but it’s something that must be done. So, it helps to have some tips from professional Brooklyn movers and the best packing strategy. From creating a handy home inventory list to taping each moving box, there are many steps you must take to complete the task successfully. While you’re waiting to learn how to pack like a pro and save all that money and time you would otherwise spend on professional packers, you must first know what to pack last when moving i.e. what to keep aside until the time comes.
The way you pack and the order can also make or break your packing experience. For example, you may need to disassemble a huge dresser to take it out of your home. But, you have your tools packed away and unreachable. So the reason to postpone packing certain items is that you’ll need them on or before moving day. To save you the trouble of buying new items because you can’t get ahold of something you need on the day of the relocation, read our simple guide on what to pack last when moving.
Phones and electronics
The modern age got us all wondering “where’s my phone” at least once a day. But, that’s not what you want on your moving day. Once the relocation day comes, you want to be completely positive that you have your phone and tablet on you. These are considered your personal items so make sure you pack them last and keep them close. Besides those basic devices, you should also pack other connection devices before you leave, such as cables, chargers, batteries, etc. These are the items you should pack in your essential bag for long-distance relocation or your short-distance moving. Bringing a power bank with you is also a good idea. You may need it in case you experience delays or other situations you need a phone to sort out. You should delay packing these kinds of items until you’re ready to go.
Food and disposable utensils
People are very busy on the moving day and those couple of days before it. So, it makes sense why so many people leave on fast food and take out during final preparations for moving. Plus, your kitchen will be packed by then, so you won’t have much to prepare an actual meal. That leaves you no choice but to use what you have or order food. While this makes a quick solution, keep in mind that you’ll probably have some leftovers already. So, if you’re wondering how to reduce food waste when moving, this is the way to go.
What you can do is put all perishables aside and see what you can use until the moving day arrives. Also, most of your utensils will be packed but you can go for disposable ones instead. They’re a lifeline in those days when you’re too busy to think straight. Besides disposable utensils and dishes, you should also pack some snacks and refreshments. By doing so, you wouldn’t have to run to the store every time you feel thirsty or need a fast energy intake.
Naturally, you won’t leave your house a mess and let the next person find a dirty home after you leave. It’s only polite to clean after yourself and leave your current home nice and tidy. But imagine the scenario where you’re just about to go through the door and leave the home but you remember you haven’t cleaned yet. Your options then are to quickly run to the store and buy some cleaning supplies or start unpacking boxes to figure out where exactly was that Windex packed.
Either way, you’ll lose time and we won’t even start about nerves. In order to avoid last-minute stress, just keep your cleaning supplies aside. Pack them only after the entire home is clean and you’re ready to leave the property. Of course, if you schedule professional cleaning services you don’t have to worry about this and you can pack your cleaning materials whenever you like.
The next part of your household that shouldn’t be packed in advance has to do with your tiny ones. Don’t pack their favorite toys or special items that could be needed during moving and provide necessary comfort in those busy days. Let your kids choose the important things and don’t pack them – let your kids keep them close while moving. Also, your pets’ stuff should be packed last to avoid digging through a pile of boxes only to find a few treats or that favorite pet toy.
You should keep documents close to yourself as you may need them on moving day. So, don’t pack the moving contract, the bill of landing, and similar paperwork until you’re ready to leave the house.
Another thing you’ll want to pack last is clean bedding since you’ll probably want to have a good night’s rest after you arrive at your new home. To avoid searching through the boxes looking for a fresh bed sheet, make sure you pack it separately.
Clothing is usually the first to pack but you should separate a few items and pack them last so you could change into something comfy and clean after a long day of moving house.
Eventually, think about everything you need in order to get through those first couple of days comfortably. Those must-haves will be a part of your moving day essentials box. This box or a bag should contain basic things like medicine, toiletries, snacks, clean bedding, etc. All of the things you plan to pack inside the essentials box are the same things you should pack last. Keep in mind that our list is meant to give an idea but you should consider what priority to you is and work from there. While the list of necessary things is entirely up to you, you can leave everything else to Dorothy and Martha Moving. Go ahead and contact us to create a plan for your relocation and we’ll be happy to provide a free moving quote.