Your home is your happy place and your sanctuary, but moving can turn it into a cluttered, messy, hectic space. Here’s how to pack for a move while still living at home.
1. Take the opportunity to de-clutter.
If you’re not going to be moving for a while, you’ll need all the necessities for the time being. However, what you don’t need is décor, especially the items that look more like clutter than decoration. Take this opportunity to de-clutter and pack up the items that only serve an aesthetic purpose. At the same time, set aside certain items that you want to sell, donate or throw out. You’ll end up with a lot less to move once it is time to move into your new home.
2. Pack anything valuable.
If you’re showing your home, that means that you’re going to have strangers walking through each room, sometimes when you’re not home. Even if you are home, you can’t keep an eye on every single person who attends an open house. Pack up your valuables before you start showing your home, including expensive antiques, valuable jewelry, personal documentation and pricey tech equipment.
3. Stash secondary furnishings and items in storage.
Aside from packing, actually moving all of your items is a big part of why moving is so difficult. You’re not going to need all of your belongings now, or even when you first arrive in your new home. If you can’t start moving items into your new home right now, start loading unnecessary items, like furniture you rarely use and items you can live without, into a storage unit. You’ll have less to move into your new home and you can slowly move those items from storage to your house once you get settled.
4. Pack a few items every time you pass through a room.
If you don’t have full days to devote to packing, make it an ongoing habit to pack little by little. Keep a box in each room, along with packing supplies, and commit to packing five or ten items every time you walk into the room. Small packing spurts like this will add up to a lot of packing before you know it.
5. Clean as you go.
There may be certain rooms that you can completely clear out, even while you’re still living at home. For example, a library, office, guest room or your child’s room while he or she is away at school can be entirely packed up even if you’ll be living at home for a while. This is a great chance to get these rooms entirely packed, cleaned and repainted, so that you don’t have to do it as moving day gets closer.
Packing doesn’t have to be a nightmare, especially when you approach it methodically and give yourself plenty of time to prep for your move.