Room by Room – Guidelines for Packing Your Home Most Efficiently
Everything accounted for, the average American home houses at least 300,000 items. While these items may serve their purposes, few things are more challenging than packing and moving all of them during a household relocation. So, room by room, here are a few guidelines to remember.
1. Start packing in the least-used rooms and areas of the house.
A good rule of thumb is to start packing in parts of the house that don’t support everyday functions. Attics, basements, garages, and even garden sheds are good examples of areas that house things not used regularly. So go ahead and get these outlying areas packed, cleaned, and prepared before tackling the rest of the house.
2. Pack and prepare the kitchen.
The kitchen is a highly functional part of the house, but the room contains the most items. Because packing the kitchen is so time-consuming, with hundreds of large and small items to pack, getting part of this room organized, packed, and ready first can take a considerable chunk of what you have to do off of your plate. Set aside a box of essentials you will need for cooking and preparing meals, and make an effort to get everything else in a box and ready to move.
3. Handle closets and storage areas.
Your closets probably contain everything from clothing and holiday items to keepsakes and shoes. Sorting through these points in your home can be a time-consuming task, but it can be good to tackle all closets around a similar time in your moving journey. This will allow you to relocate anything in a closet to other rooms in the house where those items should be and weed out what could be eliminated and donated in the process.
4. Pack the living room, dining room, and guest rooms.
Living rooms, dining rooms, and guest bedrooms are not necessarily rooms of necessity, but you might need them until your move, so you should save them for packing near the end. Work your way from the least-used rooms to the most-used rooms. For example, if you have a guest bedroom that primarily serves as storage, pack that area first and then move onto the living room, where you and your housemates spend time at the end of every day.
5. Pack “necessity” rooms last.
Rooms of necessity are those rooms filled with items you use every day. In many homes, these rooms will be the bathroom and bedroom. The bathroom remains necessary for showering and grooming, and you need your bedroom for rest. Therefore, saving these rooms until the end can be a logical strategy. However, since the average home contains three or more bathrooms and four or more bedrooms, this process alone can take some time.
Get the Help You Need for Your Upcoming Transition
With everything packed and ready, you will have one more major feat to tackle: actually moving. To ensure you have all the help you need to get your belongings from point A to point B, be sure to get help from a residential moving company. Then, get your free moving quote today to get started.