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December 05, 2017

Packing for Your Move in Austin When You are Short on Time

Packing for a move when you don't have time

The going away parties are over. The cats are at your mother's house until you move into the new home. You have one more week at your current job. And, you haven't packed one box yet. It is stressful, isn't it? You still should go through the closets and basement to find things to give to charity. Not feeling inspired? Imagine this: the last day. The next day, the moving truck will be at your house. You cannot be packing while the movers are on the clock. Feeling motivated now? Let us help you with packing for your relocation with these suggestions. It'll be completed before you know it.

Monday Night

Pack the bathroom, leaving only the toilet paper and your personal care items. Place a clear plastic tub with lid in the bathroom. The last night, you will set your personal hygiene items and the toilet paper in the container. It will travel in the car with you.

After, pack the basement & attic. If it's an extensive job, you might need a little assistance, but getting it done is crucial. If the basement and attic aren't so bad, then get them finished and bring the packed boxes to the garage. If you can’t use the garage as your central box collection spot, then place them in one of the bedrooms you don't use every day. Clearly mark the boxes or clear plastic containers, so you'll know where to put them when you are unloading at your new place.

Tuesday Night

Pack the closets. Place in a couple boxes things you will not use again or do not want. Place those to the side, because you will be dropping them off at a local donation center the following day. Clearly mark the rest of the boxes or clear plastic totes, so you'll know where to put them in the new pad.

Pack up the living room or one of the bedrooms or wherever you have your personal office. If you won't be needing it, take apart the computer and its components or your laptop and tablet. Pack away any other office equipment such as your printer. Pack any books. If you won't be reading a few of the books again, then pack them in the boxes to be donated. Clearly label the boxes or clear plastic totes for correct placement in the new house.

Wednesday Night

Box up the bedrooms. Pack bed and bath (if you have one adjoining the bedrooms) items in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic tubs. Don’t forget to take down the curtains or whatever kind of window treatments you have. You will want to launder everything that can be washed on the nights you pack the corresponding rooms. Your things will be fresh for the new house. If you bought new items for the new house, then pack the old things in the charity boxes.

Thursday Night

Pack up the kitchen. You can eat sandwiches from paper towels or carry out for the next day or so. Wash everything and pack it up. You might use your blankets and towels to place in between dishes. Put small vases and decorative bottles in socks. Wrap any paintings or decorative items such as candlesticks and photo frames in thick winter jackets... or you can use bubble wrap. Remember to wash any kitchen linens like dish towels and curtains before placing them in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic tubs for the new home.

Friday Night

Final night in the old residence! Check each room and its closet. If anything was unintentionally left, pack it up. If all items from the room have been relocated to the garage or central box repository location, close the room’s door, so the movers will know that they don’t have to do anything with that particular room, which will save time. They will appreciate you for it. Last minute things such as personal care items, breakfast foods and clothing for the next day should be put aside in a clear plastic tote.

Pack up your clothes, washing the dirty clothes. Triple check to make sure that all boxes and clear plastic tubs are the garage or the central box repository location to make it better on everyone who is assisting you to move. Go through the garage items, packing away what will be going with you. Place in boxes things such as half-full paint cans, paint thinner, gasoline for the lawn mower and any other flammable things. Those will go with you in your vehicle, since the trash won't pick them up, nor will movers move them.

Pack up the garden tools, lawn mowers, deck furniture and any gardening things like bags of soil and pots. Make sure that everything is packed, then go to bed and get a good night’s sleep before moving day.

When you work long hours, it's difficult to find time to pack your possessions. Following this nightly guide will help get you packed up and ready for moving day. We hope it helps!

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
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Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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