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Asked by Cheryl

January 21, 2021 under Others

When do I need to start packing for my move?

Answered by Staff Writer

July 14, 2021

Packing a house for a move is no easy job. Not only is it time-consuming but also involves a lot of planning and decision making. Ideally, you should start packing at least 3 weeks before the moving date. However, prior to that, you will need to prepare for the packing process at least 4-6 weeks before the move. The earlier you start, the easier it will be for you to manage everything.


Instead of heading straight to the packing process, it would be wise to ensure that you are all set to pack your belongings. First, get rid of all those items that you do not want to move and make sure you have all the necessary packing supplies. Then you can start with packing your house one room at a time.

Here is a timeline of the packing process you can follow:

4-6 weeks before the move

  • De-clutter your home: De-clutter your home to get an idea of how much unwanted stuff you have in each room. A cleaner house will be easier to move. As you clean every room of the house, set aside items that you no longer need. This will reduce your moving load and you will be able to save some money on the move as well.
  • Get rid of unwanted items: Once you have all the unwanted belongings with you, you can arrange a yard sale or donate them to charity. Apart from this, if you have any damaged furniture you can contact a junk removal company to dispose of it properly.

3 weeks before the move

  • Get packing supplies: Once you know what exactly to pack, start with the process of gathering packing supplies. You can go to a Home Depot, U-Haul, or shop online on Amazon for materials like bubble wrap, packing peanuts, shrink-wrap, and packing tape. You can also go to local retail stores to get free cardboard boxes or contact your neighbors and friends for used boxes. If you want to save money on the packing material, it would be a good idea to make use of old linen and newspaper to pack up the moving boxes.
  • Start the packing: Start with the non-essential items kept in the storage room/garage or contents of your closet. Pack one room at a time to avoid any confusion. As you pack the items, keep labeling the boxes based on which room they belong to. If you are not sure about certain items, label the boxes as miscellaneous. Keep all your valuable and personal belonging safe, as you won't be moving them in the truck.

1 week before the move

A week ahead of the move, you can start packing essential items for the house. For example, you can start packing your kitchen items like dishes, glassware, and so on. Next, you can pack your bedding and clothes in the dresser.

On moving day

Make sure you have packed everything up by the time your moving day arrives. Order the food online or simply finish the leftover items in the fridge. It won’t be possible to cook on moving day as you will be required to pack everything up.

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