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When to Start Packing for a Move

Posted: August 15, 2023
Two local moving labor providers carry a wrapped couch up a set of stairs.

You’ve finally made the decision to move whether it’s for work, relationships, or family. It’s an exciting time in your life. You’ll need to plan out your move far enough in advance without planning too far ahead that you are inconvenienced. 

Moving Help® can give you advice on when to start packing, how to start packing, and why packing earlier rather than later is always the better option. 

How Early Do I Need to Start Packing?

This question will be different for each person. A person packing a one-bedroom apartment will need less time than a person packing a four-bedroom, two-story house. It’s recommended to prepare for packing six to eight weeks before your move-in day. We also recommended to start packing no later than three weeks before your move-in day. 

It’s a given that the fewer items you own, the fewer items you’ll have to pack. When you’re two months away from moving, you should start purging through your items by figuring out what you no longer need or use. You also can hold a garage sale or sell any valuable items online. You also can donate eligible items that you no longer want and receive a tax write-off.

I’m Just Unmotivated to Start Packing, so How Do I Get Started?

The first step is motivation and preparation. To get it done, sometimes you just have to get going to start packing, and then you won’t stop until you’re done. 

You’ll need to make sure you have enough moving boxes, which might require different types of moving boxes. You also might buy:

After that, you can go room by room to start packing. If you start in the living room, make sure you have a designated space in that room that’s meant for just packing items. This way, your tape won’t get lost while packing items. You also can just tell yourself just accomplish packing these five items in the next hour and before you know it, you’ll have done more than you realized.

It’s recommended customers don’t watch TV while packing, but if that helps you stay focused and motivated, go for it. Two alternatives to not watching TV are listening to music or podcasts.

Another helpful tip is getting your family members or friends involved to help you start packing. If everyone has an assigned packing task, it should help make the process go much faster.

We have guides on how to pack dishes for moving, and how to pack and move a TV as well.

Packing Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint 

Packing is never fun or easy. It’s a time-consuming project, but if you take it little by little, it’ll go by more quickly. One final tip to start packing is waking up an hour or two earlier than normal. 

This will give you more time to start packing, and if you begin packing one room or one drawer at a time, you’ll have less to worry about later down the road. 

The second tip is to pack your kitchen last and unpack it first in your new place (or at least one of the first rooms to unpack first). You’ll still need to cook, so it’s recommended you pack the kitchen in your final week before your move-in date.

Moving Help Can Help You 

When it comes to packing, the earlier you start packing, the less stress you’ll have later down the road. If you wait until the last-minute, that’s where you can potentially break items due to poor packing or rushing. 

Moving Help has Service Providers who offer packing services in addition to unload/load services if you don’t want to do any packing at all. If you complete your packing on schedule, your move-in day will go much quicker, and your Moving Help Service Provider will be able to help you out as much as possible if you stay organized while packing beforehand.