5 Tips for Packing Your Attic for a Move

The attic can be one of the most challenging places in the house to pack when you’re moving. Attics tend to be difficult to access, sometimes with narrow stairs that can be treacherous for moving in and out. In addition, attics tend to be hot, uncomfortable, and messy. Packing your attic for a residential relocation can be intimidating, but if you take an organized approach, you can get through it. Here’s what to know.

1. Get Rid of Things You Don’t Need

Clutter and attics go together, don’t they? Before you can pack up your attic, you must get rid of anything in the attic that you don’t need. This will help control your moving costs and make moving less hassle. Decluttering before you go also makes getting a fresh start in your new home possible.

Decluttering your attic is a process. Here are some tips:

  • Set up a staging area to sort through items and make fast decisions about what you do and don’t need in your new home.
  • Plan several trips to a donation center to drop off items you no longer need.
  • Pass sentimental items on to relatives and friends who will treasure them. Getting rid of heirlooms and hand-me-downs can be difficult. Set these items aside as you decide whether to keep or give them away. Sometimes, distancing yourself from your emotions can be clarifying.

2. Clean and Dust

Attics can be dusty as well as cluttered. Don’t bring that dust with you when you move; clean it as you go. You’ll need paper towels, dust cleaner, and microfiber rags, and you may even need some dust masks to prevent yourself from breathing it in.

3. Keep Decorations Safe

Holiday decorations can be very fragile. Sort through your boxes of holiday decorations and wrap fragile items in bubble wrap, newspaper, and packing peanuts. Put decorations in solid, sturdy, properly taped boxes so they won’t break apart during transit. Label them accordingly.

4. Take Apart Furniture

You might need to disassemble some of the furniture stowed in the attic for your move. Make a video of yourself taking apart your furniture to have something to refer to when it’s time to put it back together. You can also take notes on the process. Put any hardware (nuts, bolts, etc) into a baggy and tape the baggy to the furniture, along with any notes that will help you with the reassembly.

5. Be Safe

Attics can be hot, stuffy, and dusty, and getting things out of them can be physically challenging. Be safe when you’re packing your attic. Get help when needed, or hire professionals to do the work for you.

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