Almost any time you move, it’s a fairly hectic and stressful undertaking, but when you have to move unexpectedly or at the last minute, the pressure gets ramped up. But don’t worry, you can still make the process easier on yourself as long as you have a plan and stay organized! You may have to cut some corners because of the time crunch, but if you follow these tips, even a last minute move won’t seem as daunting as it did before.
Even if it’s a last minute move, try to make a checklist of what needs to be done. While a checklist is a good idea any time you move, it’s especially important for a last minute move to keep you organized. If you can schedule your packing duties and break it up into manageable chunks—even throughout the day—things tend to go much smoother. Every little bit of progress helps and you don’t have to get everything done at once, even if you’re pressed for time. If you need some help getting started with a packing schedule, take a look at our comprehensive moving checklist to help you determine what needs to be done, and when.
Take It One Room At A Time
Since you’ve got so much to take care of with a rushed move, it’s a good approach to break everything down into smaller tasks, including how you approach packing your belongings. If you go one room at a time, the task won’t seem as overwhelming and you’ll be able to see some progress as you tick rooms of your “to be packed” list. It’s best to start with the rooms don’t use that much like a spare bedroom, garage, or office.
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Get Rid of the Excess
This is another standard moving tip that applies doubly when you’re moving at the last minute. If you’ve lived in your current home for a few years, you no doubt have some things to get rid of. Over time, we all accumulate things we don’t use and end up storing in a closet or garage until we’re faced with the task of moving. Take stock of those items and determine what you’ll really need and use in your new home—and get rid of everything else. Every item you dispose of, sell, or donate is one less thing you need to pack and move.
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Pack Items Together
Since you’ll need to get packing in a hurry, try to pack items together when possible. Some smaller items can easily fit inside of things like trash cans, laundry baskets, drawers, or anything else that allows for space inside of an item or piece of furniture. Not only does this approach save space, but it also reduces the need for extra boxes.
Daily Use Items
Don’t forget to separate the items you use on a daily basis, such as bathroom products, medications, and anything else you use regularly. You’ll want to keep these items with you as you move since you’ll need access to them readily. It can be a real hassle to have to dig through a bunch of boxes to find your toothpaste if you’ve got a long day or two of driving ahead of you.