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What to Pack First When Moving

Lockaway Storage | May 20, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Moving to a new place can be an exciting adventure, but the process of packing up your entire life into boxes can often feel overwhelming. However, with some strategy and planning, you can streamline the packing process and make your transition smooth and easy. 

1. Delicate Decor and Ornaments

Start by focusing on delicate decor and ornaments - things like vases, antique items, and the family china require extra care and attention so they’ll arrive at your new home intact. Start with these so you won’t have to squeeze them in around everything else. Plus, it’s less likely that you’ll need decorative items during the rest of your packing cycle, so you can store them away happily without worrying about needing to pull them out again later.

2. Less-Used Items

Once you’ve safely packed away your delicate decor, turn your attention to the items in your home that you rarely use. This category may include spare sheet sets, seasonal decorations and clothing, family heirlooms, and rarely-used cooking supplies. If you have belongings stored in a separate storage unit, be sure to pack them up in advance. If you aren’t already using a storage unit, this may be the time to invest in one. Storage units are a great choice for storing the things you love but don’t necessarily have room for at your new place.

3. Media: Books and Art

Books and art are relatively easy to pack, but leaving them until later in the packing process can leave your new home feeling bare. To avoid living in a space devoid of personality, pack your books and art midway through your packing timeline. 

4. Seasonal Outfits and Non-Essential Clothing

As your moving date approaches, take the time to plan your outfits in advance and pack away clothing that you won’t be needing until after the move. Since you’ve hopefully already packed your seasonal clothing, this is just your everyday wardrobe items that you won’t be needing until after the move.

5. Essentials

Finally, reserve the packing of essentials for last. These are the items you use on a daily basis and will need up until the moment you leave your old home. This category includes bedding, toiletries, kitchen essentials, and anything else you rely on for day-to-day living. Be sure to keep these items easily accessible until the last possible moment to minimize disruption to your routine.

Packing for a move doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following a strategic packing order and tackling your belongings methodically, you can simplify the process and ensure a smoother transition to your new home. Start with delicate items, progress to less-used belongings, and save essentials for last. With a bit of planning and organization, you’ll be ready to embark on your new adventure with confidence. Happy packing!

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