With two weeks to go and a big lifestyle change on the horizon, you might be feeling emotional. But you’ll be relaxing in your new home before you know it. At this point, you’ve already learned how to start packing the nitty gritty, lesser-used spaces of your home. Now’s the time to tackle the areas of your home you use the most. The next two weeks will fly by, so let’s get packing.Download Week 2 Checklist
Getting back to business after your move is important, especially if you work from home. Here’s how to pack your computer and laptop:
Before packing your computer, back up your data and remove flash drives, devices or discs. Find a box that fits your computer snugly, then shut it down and wipe the exterior clean.
We recommend moving laptops, tablets and other mobile devices with you in a backpack or purse rather than the moving truck. In either case, packing your laptop securely is important. Throwing your device in its protective sleeve is a nice first step. But that alone will not ensure complete protection.
Tip: Wrap photo albums, leather-bound volumes or other books of sentimental value individually. Separate each book with cardboard to keep their spines straight during the move.
With gadgets and gizmos aplenty, the kitchen is one of the trickiest rooms to pack. Take it one cabinet at a time. From packing waffle irons to wine glasses, learn how to avoid breaking your kitchenware.
“Look at the new space with a critical eye. What do you have room for in the new space? If you’re moving to a smaller space, only take what will fit. Be wary of large appliances that are rarely used (bread maker, ice cream maker). Don’t take them if you can part with them.”
Before packing your dishes, invest in some sturdy paper plates to carry you through the next few mealtimes. Follow these tips to keep your dining set safe for the move.
Let’s start in the kitchen with packing pots and pans. These tend to be the easiest items to pack in the kitchen, as they are usually the most durable, but here’s a few useful tips.
Nobody wants to see a crack in their favorite mug. Here’s how to keep your coffee cup collection ready for the next pot of joe.
From microwaves and toasters to blenders and mixers, the kitchen is home to appliances of all shapes and sizes. Begin by deciding which appliances you actually use and which to toss.
Pack stemware the right way to make the first toast in your new home a happy one. First, find celled boxes, if possible. These will especially come in handy if you’re also planning to move your wine collection. You can find celled boxes in liquor stores, wineries or moving supply stores.
The reality of the move will probably set in once the family photos, artwork and other personal touches start coming down. If you’ve already packed photos away to stage your home, take this time to make sure the rest of your favorite mementos stay safe during the move.
Most people wait until the last second to pack their TV and home theater components to avoid missing their favorite show. But it’s smart to plan ahead to prevent damage and avoid leaving something important behind.
Wrap large portraits or prints in moving blankets. For small or medium-sized glass frames or pieces of art:
Sort out your mostly melted or deformed candles. Either toss or recycle candles and their glass containers. When packing for long distance moves, consider putting this box in your air-conditioned car instead of the moving van to keep them from melting together.
The family room is home to a variety of fabric items that are often overlooked. To keep them all clean and safe through the move, invest in some strong trash bags and storage bins.
Every bedroom is unique. Whether you have a bed full of throw pillows or a dresser layered with jewelry, packing your room can be a challenge. Whatever you do, don’t wait until the last minute to pack your closet. Follow these tips to make packing your bedroom easier.
To prepare for your first night:
We all have a few pairs of jeans that we dream of fitting into again one day, along with some nostalgic T-shirts and a mountain of hangers from the dry cleaners - and that’s just ONE closet. To lug it all or not to lug it all, that is the question.
“Pack only what you use and love. No need to spend extra money on packers and movers to pack and move things you will likely not use at your new home. Save time and your sanity by donating any unloved or unused belongings BEFORE you move!”
Now that you’ve packed up most of your home, we’re approaching the final countdown. Next week, we’ll prepare you for the big day and outline everything you’ll need for your moving essentials box.