With your entire house to pack, you might be feeling a tad overwhelmed. Keep in mind that if you try to tackle every room at once, you’re signing yourself up for a meltdown or two. Take it one room at a time, and you’ll be good to go. This week, let’s start by focusing on the least-used rooms and items in your home. Once week two rolls around, we’ll outline how to pack the rest of your house.Download Week 4 Checklist
The garage is home to many sharp objects, power tools and hazardous items. But don’t go nuts (and bolts) over it. Follow these tips to take care of everything from sports equipment to patio furniture.
Wrap sharp items like saws and blades with a few layers of bubble wrap or old towels.
Remove batteries from power tools. Pack tools in original containers when possible.
Securely close your tool box with screwdrivers, wrenches and other hand tools inside.
Remove your grill’s propane tank or empty charcoal.
Disassemble bicycles. Visit your local bike store for a bike box.
Wrap rakes, shovels and brooms in a moving blanket. Tape securely.
Remove and pack cushions from lawn and patio furniture. Clean frames.
Empty fuel from mowers, chainsaws and snow blowers.
Clean trash cans if you decide to move them with you.
Wrap fragile lawn decorations or flower pots carefully in bubble wrap.
Before your move, either use up these items or give them to friends and family. Be sure to properly dispose of items that you no longer want or need. Check with your city to find out where to take the items below:
You might be tempted to dump all of your linens into a garbage bag and call it a day. While that might be the most time-efficient method for now, you’ll find yourself swimming in a pile of wrinkled pillow cases and bath towels later. Make unpacking quick and easy with these linen closet organization tips:
It might sound silly, but the attic, basement and shed are all easily forgotten while packing. Some people accidentally leave holiday decorations or old furniture behind. To avoid the last-minute scramble before moving day, sort through all those out-of-the-way spaces now.
“Plan ahead so you do not have to rush. When you rush, you can improperly pack your belongings and can damage important possessions. You can also leave things behind, or just forget them entirely. As soon as you have a move date, begin the de-cluttering, packing, and organizing process.”
Unless you plan to host an elegant soirée within the next few weeks, now’s the time to pack delicate dishware, tea sets and other dining room accessories. Here’s how to safely pack your most fragile and sentimental items.
Note: List fragile items that exceed $100 per pound on your inventory list as high-value items.
Now that you know what to pack first, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty side of moving. Next, we have tips for moving with children and pets, along with switching utilities, changing your address and more.