Packing for Your Move in Austin When You Don't Have Time 12/05/2017 The going away parties are complete. The dogs are at your mother's house until you move into the new residence. You have one more week at your current job. But, you have not packed a single box yet. It is overwhelming, isn't it? You still have to go through the closets and basement to find things to give to charity. Not feeling inclined? Imagine this: the last day. The next day, the moving truck will be backing up to the front door. You can't be packing while the movers just stand around. Feeling motivated now? Let us assist you with packing for your move with these ideas. It'll be completed before you know it. Monday Night Pack the bathroom, leaving only the toilet paper and your personal hygiene items. Put a clear plastic tub with lid in the bathroom. The last night, you will put your personal care items and the toilet paper into the tub. It will travel in the car with you. Then, pack up the basement & attic. If it's an extensive job, you will need a little aid, but getting it done is imperative. If the basement and attic aren't so bad, then get them finished and bring the packed boxes to the garage. If you cannot use the garage as your central box repository, then place them in one of the bedrooms you don't use every day. Clearly mark the boxes or clear plastic containers, so you will know where to put them in the new house. Tuesday Night Pack the closets. Pack in a couple boxes things you won't need again or do not want. Put 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 place them in the new residence. Pack up the living room or one of the bedrooms or wherever you have your personal office. If you will not 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 several of the books again, then pack them in the charity boxes. Clearly label the boxes or clear plastic containers for proper placement in the new house. Wednesday Night Box the bedrooms. Pack bed and bath (if you have one adjoining the bedrooms) items in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic containers. Don’t forget to take down the curtains or whatever kind of window treatments you have. You should launder everything washable on the nights you pack the corresponding rooms. Your things will be fresh for the new house. If you purchased new things for the new residence, then pack the old things in the donation boxes. Thursday Night Box up the kitchen. You can eat sandwiches off of napkins or order food delivery for the next day or so. Wash everything and pack it away. You might use your blankets and towels to place in between dishes. Place 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. Don’t forget to wash any kitchen linens like towels and curtains before packing them in clearly marked boxes or clear plastic containers for the new abode. Friday Night Final night in the old home! Go through each room and its closet. If anything was not packed, pack it up. If all belongings in the room have been relocated to the garage or central box repository location, close the room’s door, so the movers will know that the room has been cleared, which will save time. They will appreciate you for it. Items you will need in the morning 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 containers are the garage or the central box repository location to make it easier on everyone who is assisting to load the truck. 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 will not 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 to leave nothing behind, then go to bed and get a good night’s sleep before moving day. When you work long hours, it is a challenge to find time to pack your stuff. Following this nightly guide will help get you packed up and ready for moving day. We hope it helps!