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The Ultimate Last Minute Move Checklist

It seems like yesterday that you signed the lease to your new house. Maybe it was, and that’s why you’re in such a hurry to move. If you’re rushing to get everything together for your last-minute move, you need this guide.

Keep reading this list to learn the best tips to stay organized and move in a hurry. 

Gather the Proper Packing Materials

A last-minute move doesn’t have to be chaotic if you gather the proper packing materials. This includes: 

  • Cardboard boxes and separators 
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing peanuts
  • Newsprint paper 
  • Sheets, towels, or linens to protect delicate items
  • Stretch wrap 
  • Furniture covers and mattress bags
  • Box cutter
  • Packing tape
  • Permanent markers 

There are specially designed boxes for objects like mirrors or paintings you may want to consider as well. Remember to keep at least one package aside for day one essentials. 

Figure Out What You Are Bringing and Leaving 

Create piles or set aside a separate box for items you plan to donate or don’t intend to bring to your new home. Go room by room in your home and pack your belongings. When you come across items you feel ambivalent about, consider the item’s use, how often you use it, if it is necessary, and if you feel okay with letting it go. 

If you come across old gifts, birthday cards from years ago, souvenirs or knick-knacks, and such, put them in a separate box and think about why you’re keeping them. For example, many keep gifts from relatives or friends, even when they don’t like them because it was a present. However, you’re not obligated to display everything you receive, and gifters should understand that.

Pack Your Clothes Except for What You’ll Wear 

If your move-in date is a few dates away, you won’t need to keep your whole wardrobe on hand. Instead, fold and pack your clothes, shoes, and accessories but leave out enough clothes for the next few days. You can use a suitcase or backpack to store your outfits and some other daily essentials if you don’t want to forget anything in a closet. 

A quick way to pack your closet is to keep your clothes on their hangers and wrap a plastic bag around them and tie it off at the top. If it won’t make your dresser too heavy to move, keep your folded apparel in the drawers and wrap it up with stretch wrap. If you don’t have time, leave dirty items in the laundry hamper and wait to wash them in your new home. 

Get Some Help

The best way to accomplish everything on time when you’re being rushed to move is to ask for some help. You can start by reaching out to family and friends to see who can help you pack, organize, and cart items back and forth. You’ll need additional hands to help with the heavy lifting. 

Regardless of just how last minute your move is, you can probably still find a professional moving company to take some of the burdens off of your shoulder. Moving professionals can even do the packing for you in no time at all. In addition, the time it will save you can be used to do other important things like run errands, drop off undesired items, and make sure everything is set up in your new place. 

Tips for Your Last-Minute Move You Can’t Ignore 

If you’re packing for your last minute move, you have no time to procrastinate. Get the help of professional movers to take a lot of stress away from the moving process.

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